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West Santa Cruz, CA Homes for Sale

West Santa Cruz is the land area covering the many neighborhoods located west of the San Lorenzo River in the city of Santa Cruz, California. This includes the Downtown neighborhood of Santa Cruz and many parts of the city east of Wilder Ranch State Park. Neighborhoods in the western part of the city include Westlake, Escalona, Laurel, Beach Hill, Bay Laurent, Alta Vista, Moore Creek, Garfield Park Circles, Wrigley Plant, Lower West Side, Lighthouse Cowell, and more. The University of California Santa Cruz campus also covers a good portion of West Santa Cruz in the northwestern region of the city.

Real Estate in West Santa Cruz is spread throughout the many suburban neighborhoods and residential developments built to house a good majority of the population in the city. These include single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, townhouses, luxury properties, and more. Residential areas are primarily in the western and central part of the district while Downtown Santa Cruz and the areas close to the river are mostly commercial and business districts.

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  • Natural Bridges State Beach

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Homes for Sale in West Santa Cruz, CA

Stunning custom-built Rennie Boyd designed contemporary home in the highly desirable and rarely available Meder Street Upper Westside neighborhood. This estate offers ocean views, rolling meadows and oak trees. Truly a nature lovers paradise. Incredible gated property on 2 parcels totaling 7+ acres. 4,284+ sqft 2 story Green home with Durisol block construction (555 Meder St APN#002-312-14). The entire property benefits from a bank of solar panels on top of the barn and 3 car detached garage. Horse facilities include a 6 stall barn with wash rack, kitchen, bathroom, tack room, and hay room. There is also an arena, paddocks and round pen. The salt water pool is solar heated. Koi pond that sits next to a beautiful freestanding meditation room. In addition to the main house, there is a 2,750+ sqft 4 bedroom 3 bath guest house with studio (541 Meder St) adjacent to the primary residence on a separate parcel APN#002-312-18. 10 minutes to the beach and downtown and 13 minutes to Highway 17.
555 & 541 Meder ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 7 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 7,034 SqFt
  • 7 Acres
Fabulous remodeled contemporary home, right on the cliff with amazing ocean views. Open floor plan, high ceilings, light and bright with walls of windows.  Kitchen has high end Viking stainless steel appliances, opens to family room, and has ocean views as well.  Three bedrooms, plus an office and media room.
2020 W Cliff DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,727 SqFt
  • 0.132 Acres
This magnificent, one-of-a-kind, custom masterpiece was built in 2007 and has been impeccably maintained in pristine condition. Renowned architects, Gary Garmann + Thatcher Thompson, designed this awe-inspiring abode. Builder, Jon Badeaux, added a level of quality rarely seen in construction today. This ridge top oasis in the sought after upper West Side is set back from the street, hidden in a private enclave which makes it a rare offering. This spectacular home with sweeping views of the bay and city lights is truly impressive & perfect for entertaining.  The many private spaces are ideal for tranquil & comfortable living. Some of the many remarkable features include, but are not limited to, a cherrywood elevator, limestone floors throughout much of the home, walls of windows showcasing breathtaking views, high ceilings, 9' solid wood doors, top of the line kitchen amenities, a huge pantry, radiant heat and much more. See the home brochure for a complete list of special features.
130 Bayona DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,545 SqFt
  • 0.341 Acres
Front and center at Mitchell's Cove is a home where the ocean inspires a natural design. Charming and cute, this house exudes a character of both the modern day as well as times past with ocean views from every room. The fireplace, front patio and front exterior evoke the ocean's flow with dramatic custom rock work by local artist/mason Michael Eckerman. Custom cut Alaskan yellow cedar frames the windows and ceiling in the upstairs living room and kitchen, which are wrapped on three sides by large picture windows giving stunning views of the Monterey Bay. Watch otters, dolphins, sea lions, and whales from inside or move through the sliding door to the outside glass-sheltered deck with electric heating for your comfort. Also upstairs are a family room, large bathroom and bedroom. Enjoy your favorite morning or afternoon drink and ocean views from the downstairs rock patio that sits tucked privately behind the artistic rock wall. Come take a look and see the amazing views for yourself.
1122 W Cliff DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,942 SqFt
  • 0.121 Acres
Exquisite modern spanish style  home designed by a local architect(Derek Van Alstine) lavish use of color enhances every space, both inside and out. The home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac, with views, stylish gardens and outdoor entertaining areas. An EPS foam block residence,this stunning home is perfectly climate controlled and serenely quiet.  Every room opens onto separate balcony, deck or courtyard with established mediterranean plantings; many of the views include pastures and distant redwood ridge lines. The large sandstone deck off  the living room has sweeping ocean views, perfect for entertaining a group or intimately viewing sunsets. A private  courtyard oasis showcases the strikingly  designed lap pool and incorporated water feature wall. An elegant outdoor fireplace nook keeps it perfectly inviting  on the cooler nights here in Santa Cruz. This home is tranquility, nestled in one of the most desirable locations in Santa Cruz! Come see for yourself.
122 Penguin CT
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,922 SqFt
  • 0.230 Acres
Next to Lighthouse State Field, custom remodeled home has sweeping ocean views from every room. No expense was spared starting at the dramatic custom front door with inlaid glass panels, gourmet kitchen and luxurious master suite. Once inside, you  are greeted by a wall of glass with stunning views. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views or walk along the cliffs on the West Cliff walking path. Top Floor Penthouse with no common walls, lie in bed and look at the unobstructed ocean view. Large secret garden area in the rear with fire pit, horseshoe pit and mature fruit and veggie crops. HOA fee is all inclusive and covers everything except Internet.
880 W Cliff DR 12
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,242 SqFt
  • 0.689 Acres
Great Opportunity to embrace all that the West side Santa Cruz has to offer. Short Stroll to the Beach, Beautiful Pacific Ocean and amazing West Cliff Drive. This 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Home with office space Offers partial Ocean View and Park View. Across from Natural Bridges Park, Close proximity to wine tasting, shopping and schools. This is not just a home it's a LIFE STYLE.  Ride your bike or Surf the waves. Enjoy the Sunsets or just breath in the clean Ocean Air.
268 Swanton BLVD
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,138 SqFt
  • 0.110 Acres
2 homes! Detached 2 car garage.  Big lot. Main home 5 bedrooms, 2 baths.  An amazing property offering walking or biking to all of the fun the Westside has to offer.  Always feel like you are on vacation with the close proximity to the beach path, surf and Natural Bridges. Keep the newly remodeled, spacious 1 bedroom cottage for yourself and enjoy the main home rental income.  Main house is always rented in advance for past 10 years, currently at $5900 + utilities. Leased until 7/31/20.  Cottage could probably rent for $2500 +. It features quartz countertops, tile backsplash, wood lam floors. Existing 2 car garage could possibly be converted to a studio renting for a possible additional $1800 + per month.  Walking distance to everything from your morning coffee at Verve to wine tasting, breweries, New Leaf Market and much more.  Close proximity to UCSC means the highest rents in the County and the Westside location offering walkability everyone is looking for.
1011 Fair AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,683 SqFt
  • 0.230 Acres
Ocean views! Wonderful Thatcher Thompson built west side home with ocean views from main living area and turret room.This home is move-in ready with its walls of new windows, newly refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint and carpet, turret room which can be used as 4th bedroom, office or artist studio, French doors, garage not convertedjust a false walls--easily removed. New furnace, roof clearance, will be fumigated before COE, most section one completed
125 Clark AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,004 SqFt
  • 0.115 Acres
Top floor luxury condominium with sweeping ocean views. The views are spectacular. Tons of natural light. 10' ceilings. Large heated, private deck with panel sliding doors to the expansive view. Newly renovated with shaker cabinets, double ovens, high-end gas range, quartz counters, plank flooring and tankless water heater. Master bedroom has great built-in cabinets. Newer complex with elevator.  Watch the amazing sunsets and the moon rising over the sparkling Monterey Bay. All rooms have a spectacular view.  County records show 1 bedroom,1 bath.  Seller has 2nd room set up as office.
890 W Cliff DR 13
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 880 SqFt
Excellent neighborhood walking distance to the University.  Extra parking spot on right hand side of home for boat or large vehicle storage.  Property backs up to City park which includes tennis, basketball and dog park.  Easy care rear yard offers privacy, patio BBQ area, and garden opportunities.
226 Northrop PL
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,620 SqFt
  • 0.163 Acres
This fantastic lower westside location is only blocks from the beach, West Cliff and world famous surf breaks.  Whether you enjoy ocean adventures or just a peaceful evening stroll, there are few places like West Cliff to take in the fresh ocean air or colorful sunsets.  The full sized lot has a large covered side-patio and backyard, great for entertaining, gardening or possible home expansion.  This original bungalow has hardwood floors, spacious bedrooms, two full baths, and is also near to all the shopping, restaurants and amenities that Santa Cruz has to offer.  Bring your vision for updating and making it your own!
124 Plateau AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,197 SqFt
  • 0.144 Acres
Location, Location, Location!  Walk to West Cliff and enjoy the most spectacular beaches, cliffs and wave action.  You would be minutes to the Library on the corner! This home is on a lovely avenue with a center island.  It is a prime location in Santa Cruz County. How about a second home where you can walk to the Wharf for dinner, Natural Bridges State Beach, surf in the ocean, watch the surfers,  Lighthouse Field State Beach, and bike to UCSC.  Oh, let us not forget Long Marine Lab, Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Natural Bridges Monarch Trail.    Also enjoy a short day trip on Highway 1 to Davenport and Wilder Ranch where you can observe the sea lions.  It does not get any better.  Or you can buy 607, 611, and 615 Woodrow Avenue and develop your own compound. What a fabulous opportunity!.
607 Woodrow AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,257 SqFt
  • 0.117 Acres
Enjoy this one level home with two bedrooms and one bath, bay window in dining area, wood floors and only a short walk to the library!   There is an extra large lot with plenty of area for a garden, pool.  Garage is detached.  Location, Location, Location!  Walk to West Cliff and enjoy the most spectacular beaches, cliffs and wave action.  You would be minutes to the Library on the corner! This home is on a lovely avenue with a center island.  It is a prime location in Santa Cruz County. How about a second home where you can walk to the Wharf for dinner, Natural Bridges State Beach, surf in the ocean, watch the surfers,  Lighthouse Field State Beach, and bike to UCSC.  Oh, let us not forget Long Marine Lab, Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Natural Bridges Monarch Trail.    You can buy 607, 611, and 615 Woodrow Avenue and develop your own compound. What a fabulous opportunity!.
615 Woodrow AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 926 SqFt
  • 0.189 Acres
Over 5% price reduction. Seller will credit $5000 toward repairs/upgrades. This home's prime location is just blocks from the West Cliff Promenade and doors away from the Bethany Curve trail to the ocean cliffs. The house has been completely painted in and out, and features hardwood floors, a fully remodeled bathroom, and original retro tile in the other bathroom and in the kitchen. The over-sized picture window in front awaits your decorative coverings and brings light in a from a the front yard. The back yard runs deep. Zoned R2 this is an exceptional opportunity for an investment rental, a primary residence, or as a coastal retreat with half the home rented. Pears and a prominent Magnolia grace the backyard, and a private wrap-around deck gives peaceful access to the yard. The master suite has both a slider to the outside and a separate door to a private entrance, and a door to the rest of the home. The property was used as a second residence and as a rental for the past 20 years
1513 Delaware AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,292 SqFt
  • 0.144 Acres
This historic 130 year old Victorian home has been divided into triplex, consisting of a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit ... a 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit and a studio w/bath unit. All units have separate electric meters. Property is vacant and part of an estate that has no income or expense information. May be possible to revert back to single family residence. This is a probate sale subject to court confirmation and possible overbid.
440 Locust ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,108 SqFt
  • 0.091 Acres
An immaculate three story end unit with mountain / city views and a peek of the ocean. Sitting on beach hill just two blocks from the beach, boardwalk & wharf. Five minutes to the pacific garden mall and downtown or world class surfing/ surf competitions @ steamer lane)! There are only six units in this intimate, well planned Mediterranean styled development. No need for curtains as you live above the view of others! Living here feels like a perpetual vacation! (Newly renovated Kitchen and Master bath) Nestled among historic Victorians on beach hill, the central location can't be beaten, everything is walk-able. In the evenings you can often hear the sea-lions barking in the distance and an osprey enjoys nesting atop a pine adjacent the balcony.
422 Cliff ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,455 SqFt
  • 0.012 Acres
Prime Upper Westside Santa Cruz location! This traditional craftsman style home has plenty of charm!  Enjoy this lovely updated single story home with two bedrooms and one bath. Tastefully remodeled kitchen with corian countertops, farm style sink and top of the line Jenn-Air appliances. You will also find double pane windows, crown molding and beautiful hardwood floors throughout each room. You will love the beveled ceilings, cozy fireplace and the original built in cabinets too! The home also features a fully fenced private backyard, detached one car garage, covered patio and a long driveway for additional parking! Drop-down attic inside offers plenty of extra storage space. Close to bus routes, shopping, dining, coffee shops, UC Santa Cruz, West Cliff Drive and downtown! Just a short bike ride to Cowell's Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park and Swift Street Plaza.
1507 Bay ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 929 SqFt
  • 0.115 Acres
Rare opportunity to own a downtown penthouse in one of Santa Cruz's finest upscale buildings designed by Thatcher and Thompson. Located at the top of Pacific Avenue, with a walkability score of 96, it's steps away from restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, supermarkets, and a farmers market.  This modern complex provides a fulfilling and understated contemporary lifestyle with a private resort-style pool/spa & fitness room, secured entry access and underground parking with elevator access.  The beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home features an open concept floor plan, high ceilings, oversized windows, views, a private balcony, fireplace, radiant heat, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, kitchen island, Euro-style sleek cabinets, bamboo flooring & wool carpet, spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, washer & dryer, 2 dedicated spaces in the garage. Wired for 1 GB fiber-optic Internet. Minutes to the beaches & Wharf. Great commute location.
2030 N Pacific AVE 329
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,472 SqFt
  • 0.034 Acres
This has got to be one of the best of these condos...single level with large patio on 2 sides and parking adjacent to gate which opens into your private yard. Great for pets with dog door already installed. Wood look tile floors in a light color that keeps interior bright, beautiful, and easy to clean. Great open layout with easy flow to all rooms. There is an outdoor shower for when you get back from surfing!  This would work great for any buyer looking for single level living or a student or professor at UCSC which is walking distance away. Kitchen and bath are very nicely updated, so you can move in without doing any work. There is a large pool that is part of this HOA. Tennis courts are nearby, along with dog park and play area for kids - in fact great area for long hikes with Pogonip, UCSC, and Grey Whale Ranch all within reach and stretching out for miles. Make this your new home and discover the Upper Westside.
142 Castillion TER
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 987 SqFt
  • 0.041 Acres

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