Sizzling Santa Cruz housing market, meet the overhauled Court of Mysteries: Iconic place up for $4.6 million

 Sizzling Santa Cruz housing market, meet the overhauled Court of Mysteries: Iconic place up for $4.6 million

With Santa Cruz home prices seemingly trending ever upward, one of the county’s most iconic properties — so unique it has myriad nicknames and its own Atlas Obscura entry — is on the market.

A longtime resident who hasn’t been past 515 Fair Ave. in a few years might not recognize what’s become of the so-called Court of Mysteries.

The 1,400-square-foot brick structure that’s long been at the center of the property on Santa Cruz’s Westside has been restored — with some of its original abalone-shell details still intact — and the listing describes it as providing an “amazing studio/workspace.”

What’s new, on the south side of the property, is a 3,000-plus-square-foot, three-bedroom Spanish-style house, with a detached garage that boasts a 500-square foot in-law unit. There’s also a 70-foot lap pool/spa tucked behind the brick-and-abalone structure.

All this on a 0.46-acre parcel two and a half blocks from West…

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