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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  3 bedroom 3.5 bath Green home with Durisol block construction (555 Meder St). 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. 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
Rare two adjacent parcels in desirable Upper Westside neighborhood! Situated on a sunny open hilltop, this amazing property has two beautiful homes on two separate parcels, with landscaped gardens on the other. Entering through the private gate, a smooth winding drive leads you to the homes at the rear of the property overlooking redwoods,& parkland. City park space surrounds the property on two sides, offering a beautiful view and privacy. The home was built in 1937 contains many original fixtures and modern upgrades. Four bedrooms three baths,  with formal dining and living rooms, two fireplaces, utility room and kitchen with attached office. High ceilings and window upgrades add to the brightness; while the recent addition of a finished detached garage adds storage and shop potential. Kitchen garden has raised beds, potting shed, fruit trees and a large paved area with separate street access for RV, boat parking etc. Once in a lifetime does something like this comes to market.
526 Highland AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,705 SqFt
  • 1.196 Acres
Rare two adjacent parcels in desirable Upper Westside neighborhood! Situated on a sunny open hilltop, this amazing property has two beautiful homes on two separate parcels, with landscaped gardens. Entering through the private gate, a smooth winding drive leads you to the homes at the rear of the property overlooking redwoods, oaks and parkland. The home is  spectacular, meticulously maintained mid century gem! Striking colors of lime green and deep turquoise accent cherry toned wood paneling and beautiful built ins throughout the kitchen, formal dining room, entry and hallway. A sunken living room with separate entry boast beautifully maintained original drapery. Two master suites  and a utilityroom. Downstairs has a vast finished storage room and a separate large basement. A detached carport with toolroom,  extra parking and an atrium!  The home is almost completely wrapped with views of the woods, peeks of the ocean and sweeping views of Santa Cruz to Aptos.
524 Highland Ave
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,500 SqFt
  • 1.162 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
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
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
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
Absolutely captivating vintage Victorian on one of the most desirable streets in Santa Cruz. Renovated in 1995 and has just been painted inside and out in Victorian period influenced colors. Spacious two story floor plan with a detached garage, inside laundry, tank-less water heater, updated plumbing and electrical and more. Parlor/family room has French doors. There are hardwood floors on both levels, a cute private yard, brick walkways and a storage building. Loft on second level could be a massive walk in closet and don't miss the deck off the master bedroom.
516 Lincoln ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,525 SqFt
  • 0.095 Acres
This one of a kind 2 bed/1 bath home is placed in the midst of a tranquil secret garden. A charming and quaint home that feels hidden away, yet just over the hedges and a few steps down is the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Wharf. The home boasts old-Santa Cruz charm and character touches, highlighted by the surprisingly spacious backyard.  It's easy to see yourself basking in the coastal sun as you take in the smells of fresh cut grass, blooming flowers, and ocean air. Enjoy your crisp mornings and sleepy evenings tucked away behind the high hedges of your garden, keeping the rest of the world at bay. This experience must be had in person, so come over and fall in love with it yourself!
508 2nd ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,023 SqFt
  • 0.149 Acres
New Year, New Home on the Upper West Side! This stunning Thatcher & Thompson designed home enjoys an ocean view, complete with second story deck off the master suite which captures the refreshing ocean breezes and is the ideal spot to watch the sun melt slowly into the west over the shimmering waters of the California coast. It's in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, bordering the bucolic 246 acre Moore Creek Preserve. It's a quick ride up to UC Santa Cruz, and all the attractions of the lower west side are in easy reach: acclaimed restaurants and bars, quirky coffee shops, abundant shopping, world-class surfing, the West Side Farmer's Market, and the vibrant experience known as downtown Santa Cruz. This is a newer home offering modern flair and conveniences, including high ceilings, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, dual pane windows, tile bathrooms, central forced air heat, and an attached two car garage. Wake up to an ocean view every day!
191 Cypress PARK
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,535 SqFt
  • 0.070 Acres
This classic, Spanish style Santa Cruz bungalow has been spruced up and is ready to move in! Used primarily as a student rental, the house has a terrific floor plan, offering separation of bedrooms, as well as a great community gathering area. It has a nice open kitchen/living room/ dining room.  2 Bedrooms upstairs plus 2 on the main level with 1½ baths. The nice and large finished basement serves as a separate 1 BR unit with bathroom, shower, walk in closet, and kitchenette. Laundry room on site. Close to Emily's Bakery, The Herb Room grocery store, bus line, and walking distance to downtown. Large lot with plenty of parking. Low maintenance yard. Newer dual paned windows, flooring, carpet, oven range, counter tops, and recently painted! Also just fumigated. Property was in compliance with the City of Santa Cruz Residential Rental Inspection Program through 2019. Could also possibly be used as professional office space. (Zoned PA) Was rented for $5150/mo which included utilities.
1119 Mission ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,957 SqFt
  • 0.244 Acres
Step inside this magnificent tri-level home on the West End of Santa Cruz. This home features an abundant amount of privacy from every corner of the house with a peek of the Pacific Ocean. You will be simply amazed with all of the extra features & upgrades. The home is secluded at the end of a cul-de-sac with mature trees and wood angled ceilings. Three large bedrooms with custom shelving, plus an office, 3.5 baths, 2,084 sq. ft. (per county assessor) of living space on a 16,000 +- sq. ft. lot (per county assessor). Ample natural sunlight and a two car garage with built-in shelving. Built-in cabinetry in hallway, kitchen & dining area. Master bedroom & bedroom adjacent have walk-in closets. Heated towel bar in master bath with a seamless shower enclosure. Just hop on Highway 1 to head into Half Moon Bay along the beautiful coastline. This location cannot be beat! Within proximity to UCSC campus, Natural Bridges, West Cliff, Safeway and Wilder Ranch. Highly rated Santa Cruz schools.
247 Wavecrest AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,084 SqFt
  • 0.368 Acres
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
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
Welcome home.  This lovely property is located in the highly desirable West Side of Santa Cruz, and conveniently situated just  1.2 miles from West Cliff Drive  and 1.1 miles to UCSC.  Delight in  the original 1965 ranch-style with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, family room, spacious living/dining room and vintage kitchen with storage galore.  The family room sliding door opens to the sunny large, fully landscaped backyard with plenty of privacy for entertaining or take pleasure in sipping  a nice cup of coffee on one of our glorious Santa Cruz days.  Cul-de-sac quiet and off the beaten path ...Enjoy
211 Anita ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,460 SqFt
  • 0.158 Acres
Lovely 3 BR 2.5 BA two story home in move-in condition!  It is located in the Village Highlands on the Upper Westside on a peaceful cul-de-sac within minutes to UCSC, downtown Santa Cruz,and beaches.  The first floor has beautiful new flooring.  The home has been newly painted inside and out.  Great floor plan!  Detached 2 car garage.  Must see!
106 Village Circle
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,888 SqFt
  • 0.070 Acres

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