Felton

Real Estate In Felton

Location

Felton is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 4,057 at the 2010 census.

History

Named for John B. Felton, a former Oakland, California mayor, a judge and a San Francisco Bay Area investor in his day, the town is a historic logging community, which served as the end of the Boulder Creek lumber flume. Nearby Mount Hermon was the site of California’s first water-powered sawmill (circa 1841).

In 1875, the Santa Cruz & Felton Railroad rolled into town. By 1880, a second rail line came down from Alameda, California and San Jose, California. A new depot was constructed at “New Felton” using salvaged materials from a dismantled portion of the Boulder Creek flume. The railroads, limekilns and forest in this area provided a majority of the repair materials for the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The standard gauge railroad line came into Felton by 1909. In 1927, the Felton community of Lompico, California was established.

In 1963, the steam-powered Roaring Camp railroad began tourist operations on the Big Trees Ranch out of the old Felton depot. The company later constructed a replica logging camp and another depot further down the property, and in 1985, took over operations on the old SPC/Southern Pacific standard gauge line to Santa Cruz. Roaring Camp is a re-creation of an 1880s logging camp and home to the original South Pacific Coast (later Southern Pacific) Felton depot and freight shed, as well as two unique railroads — the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad, a steam-powered line up Bear Mountain, and the Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway.

Felton Demographics

 Felton California U.S.
Median Household Income $60,236 $61,283 $51,660
Median Home Price $477,970 $342,040 $183,450
Cost Of Living- % of Nat Avg 159% 135% 100%
Unemployment 11% 12% 10%
Violent Crime Index- 1=lowest 2 6 4
DPY With Sun 263
DPY With Precipitation 76
Population 898
Felton Zillow Home Value Index

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