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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

4.05 Acres in upper Westside. One of the last large sites in westside and near the University. At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Approx 1.97 acres nearly level, rear half slopes toward Harvey West by terrain heavily wooded with oaks/other trees. The home looks onto large open field w/complete privacy. 2,480 SF home built in 1950s, designed by internationally renowned architect Joe Esherick. 5 br/3ba, living room, dining area, kitchen + laundry room. Living room has lofty ceilings + expansive windows looking out onto greenery and acreage beyond the 1,090 Square feet of redwood decking. Features include wide-plank hardwood floors in the living room, brick fireplace, broad eve overhangs.Quality was good for the era, with wood shake siding and a crafted porch connecting the open-air carport and the home.The house is in need of major renovations, but still stands the test of time of a timeless design.The site is a zoned R-1-10, Single Family Residential 10,000 square feet minimum lot size.
118 Ortalon CIR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,476 SqFt
  • 4.005 Acres
Oceanfront and restored to new in 2018, this stunning home built by Meschi Construction in 2008 is truly one of a kind. 103 Auburn Avenue is an architectural masterpiece, an ode to classic elegance and a nautical craftsman aesthetic. Expansive windows offer sweeping ocean views and sparkling lights of the expansive Monterey Bay. Experience a daily display of sea life, from otters, seals, dolphins and humpback whales, from the luxury of this unique home. Bordered by the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and Natural Bridges State Beach, and fronted by the Monterey Bay, West Cliff is an oasis within the city.
103 Auburn AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,620 SqFt
  • 0.185 Acres
On one of most coveted streets in Santa Cruz, this ultimate beach home is a stand out, perfectly positioned to take in incredible ocean views. The modern craftsman was rebuilt in 2009 with the finest updates & details including programmable & adjustable lighting & sound, radiant heat flooring, NanaWall sliding glass, marble & granite finishes, & dumbwaiter. The upper level features an expansive gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances adjacent to a great room with high ceilings, fireplace & double NanaWalls which offers a compelling venue for entertaining & gatherings on the ocean view deck. The master retreat has a private balcony & bath with marble heated floors & dual head steam shower. The lower level has 3 bedrooms, a second master suite & another used as an office with Murphy bed, & an additional sitting room opening to a back patio with hot tub, gated parking & access to the garage. Enjoy all the benefits of the Santa Cruz lifestyle with the Ocean in your front yard.
2210 West Cliff DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,936 SqFt
  • 0.144 Acres
In the heart of Santa Cruz, one block from the Lighthouse, discover this unique and brand new Mediterranean masterpiece finished  to perfection in July 2019*This brand new custom home is approximately 4,000 SQFT w/ five enormous bedrooms, four interior designer bathrooms, a spectacular open floor plan, & a separate guest house w/ kitchen & living room*This very rare new estate is only 1-2 minute walk to the ocean & world famous Steamers Lane surf break*Complete gated privacy*Every attention to detail includes superior custom interior designer contributions, custom doors & windows, contemporary/antique light fixtures, top appliances, hardwood floors, custom marble tile & countertops* Enormous three car garage, private front office, mud room, & the 5th bedroom could be a 2nd family room/bonus room*Master suite includes a tall glass steam shower & soaking tub*Radiant floors & abundant closets throughout*Expansive courtyard, gardens, patios, BBQ Area, gated privacy, and excellent parking!!
111 Laguna ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,000 SqFt
  • 0.137 Acres
Rare Ocean Front Opportunity ..! Unobstructed Ocean views, surf and sea life are literally at your doorstep. The sunsets are spectacular and the marine life abundant. This vintage home retains much of the classic charm from the 1940's and has been in the same family for over 50 years. This would make a perfect second home for some, or be the beginnings of a spectacular ocean front estate with the purchase of the adjacent lot. That's right ... the 5,700 sf, W.Cliff lot next door is also available and can be purchased separately (see listing ML81732366). This is a very rare ocean front opportunity seldom seen.
1820 West Cliff Drive
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,752 SqFt
  • 0.120 Acres
Santa Cruz architectural gem with panoramic bay & city views!  This light-filled & charming Colonial Revival home near UCSC and downtown has many possibilities. Uses in recent years include private residence, work/live space, & a long/short term rental. The intelligent floor plan has an updated kitchen that opens to the DR with stainless steel appliances, white cabinets and butcher block countertops; there is a formal entry w/ grand staircase, and LR w/ arched fireplace. The house is spacious.  All 5 bedrooms have high coved ceilings and bay, city, or courtyard views; a soaring bonus attic space has w/even more elevated ocean views! Very private, tucked off of High Street on a large ½ acre lot,  w/ a cottage-like garage, carport, and meditation room, and two view decks. Owner has submitted for a 10K plus sf lot split application (w/ocean view) to create a 2nd buildable lot for potential family compound, 2nd rental property, or work/live space. Its pending and included in asking price.
410 High ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,334 SqFt
  • 0.498 Acres
BEST QUALITY and VALUE HANDS DOWN!  This is a must see property. It's at the top of its class with the perfect combination of curb appeal, quality craftsmanship, and Panoramic Ocean views. The home features a recent 1.35+ million dollar renovation and expansion. The exterior details of this home are elegant yet contemporary; from its distinguished front porch and high roof lines, to its grand upper deck and copper details.  The interior is featured by a stunning Great Room with soaring ceilings, a Chefs Kitchen and two Master Suites (one on each floor). And the ocean views are so magnificent, that they must been seen to be fully appreciated. In this price range, Nothing Compares!
220 Wavecrest AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,800 SqFt
  • 0.151 Acres
A vintage 4br, 2ba 2,771 sq ft home w/legal ADU on huge 7,000 sq ft parcel in a great Westside location. The original home was built in 1913 and is nestled on the high side of Escalona along a nice stretch of neighboring craftsman homes.  It combines the best of the old and new. Modern function fused with soulful arts and crafts charm. A major renovation was done in the 1990s and preserved lots of period details including: original sideboard, wainscotting, fir floors, doors, windows, trim, hardware and front sitting porch. Plumbing, electrical, roof, foundation & major systems have all been updated. Solar also added. Don't miss the 3rd story attic space w/front dormer. The private 1 Br, 1 Ba ground floor ADU has separate entrance & zen-inspired garden/sitting area. There's also a detached artist studio at the back of the deep lot nestled in a tranquil garden setting. There are lush grounds sculpted with low stone walls,stamped concrete walkways, native flowers and plantings.
416 Escalona DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,771 SqFt
  • 0.168 Acres
Built in 1883 by the McPherson family, this well cared for home is approximately 3000 sqft and has 6 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, large kitchen, formal dining room, formal living room with a fireplace, family room, office/library, laundry room and a mud room. Once used as a boarding house, this home showcases old world charm combined with modern amenities. The downstairs rooms have high ceilings, luxurious wood trim and built in shelving throughout, with an updated kitchen featuring sparkling white cabinets and modern appliances. Upstairs is where most of the bedrooms, and features angled ceilings and skylights. Each bedroom has a sizable closet and a hand-washing sink. The spacious back patio is fully fenced and well shaded underneath a massive avocado tree. All this AND located within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants, & entertainment. Don't miss out on your opportunity to own a piece of Santa Cruz history!
236 Walnut AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 6 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,985 SqFt
  • 0.112 Acres
Stately historic home located in prime lower Westside area.  Built in  1912 with  original wood trims including hardwood flooring and boxed ceiling.  Home includes upgrades of remodeled kitchen and seller owned solar.  Two bedrooms on main floor with master suite on 2nd floor.  Square footage of main house is 2,500 sq. feet .  Downstairs separate living space 2 bed/1 bath 1150 sq. ft.  Lot size 9,017 sq.ft. Entertain in  the beautiful spacious backyard with ample fruit trees, hot tub, heated gazebo and Bocce  Ball Court.
141 Van Ness AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,500 SqFt
  • 0.207 Acres
OPEN Sat 7/20 1:30-4:30pm and Sun 7/21 11-3pm. Whether you desire a coastal escape, primary abode or corporate retreat, this gorgeous, ocean-front home is what you have been dreaming of! This is your opportunity to experience the lifestyle of living in a contemporary, like-new home located on the sought after West Cliff Dr Promenade, a 3-mile walking & biking path along the Pacific Ocean. This is a single level, ocean-front, spacious 2 bd, 2 ba gem within the coastal condo structure built in 2014 known as Monterey Towers, adjacent to Lighthouse Field Park (18 units). Walk to the Boardwalk, Natural Bridges Beach, the Lighthouse, downtown Santa Cruz or to Steamers Lane, a world-renown surf spot & host to surfing competitions. Bike to Wilder Ranch trail network. Lounge on your patio watching whales & sailboats cruise by. Come see this magnificent, modern home with high-end finishes & tasteful European design elements. When you visit this abode, you will never want to leave.
890 W Cliff DR 2
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,384 SqFt
  • 0.026 Acres
Custom Craftsman beach house 1 block from West Cliff Drive! Perfect for entertaining with French doors off of the formal dining room that lead to the large wrap around deck and fully fenced backyard. The large deluxe kitchen incorporates black granite counter tops, island with seating, cherry cabinets and stainless appliances.  Enjoy ocean views from the open and airy second story family room. This home is move-in ready with high ceilings, slate and cherry hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and 2 fireplaces. Walk to world famous surf, beaches, wineries, breweries, shops, restaurants and the newly remodeled Gateway School coming soon.
211 Wanzer ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,044 SqFt
  • 0.115 Acres
Beautiful, 3752 SF historic Victorian in prime downtown location at the corner of Lincoln and Chestnut. Originally built as a single family mansion in 1890 but records indicate a major remodel in 1910, possibly to add living units below.  The property is  configured as having the main residence upstairs with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Previous tenants have used large parlor as a bedroom.  There are 3 1BD/1BA units below, ground level.  Two of the one bedrooms are very large and could possibly be reconfigured. There are 4 meters and a central water heater. Building is now vacant and ready for new owner & new ideas.  Highly desirable lot has a parklike setting with very large side and back yards. Older Garage/outbuildings. Property has a historic designation which has some restrictions but also may allow more flexibility on usage and  development, such as set backs, density, etc.  Lots of possibilities!
419 Lincoln ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 7 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 3,752 SqFt
  • 0.209 Acres
Feel the embrace of the Japanese maples, native plants, and winding paths as you enter the fragrant front yard at this beautiful, single-level home. With mature fruit trees, a pollinator garden, fountains, patio, & garden beds, the 1/4 acre property is framed in greenery. Amidst the gardens is the lovely, single level home with lg windows, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and skylights.  The 4 bedrooms are generously sized, the master bedroom has bath w/ oversized jetted tub, steam shower, and bidet! The 2nd master suite has separate entrance, and is perfect for guests.  Inside laundry, office space, formal dining, 2 fireplaces, and radiant heat are just a few of the additional details. The 700+/- square foot garage has finished walls, skylights, recessed lighting, and attic space. Outside there is room to roam, plant, enjoy the birds and butterflies that flock to this haven. Walk to Pogonip, Westlake Pond, & UCSC. Easy access to DT Santa Cruz, beaches, farmers markets & eateries.
1244 Laurent ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,700 SqFt
  • 0.282 Acres
Rare 2 bedroom, 2 bath ocean front condo that is a five-year-old modern European style condo on West Cliff Drive. Spacious, open plan ideal for casual living and entertaining with ocean views. Nine-foot ceilings and high windows bathe the entire home in light and fresh air. Split bedroom floor plan for privacy. Many luxury features include imported Scavolini custom kitchen, high-end stainless steel appliances, smooth wall plaster finishing, cream-colored limestone floors throughout, marble walls in bathrooms, extra-tall 1¾ solid wood interior doors, FontanaArte Italian chandelier, Julien stainless steel kitchen sink, modern German FSB door levers, and Duravit wall-hung toilets. Limestone floor of the great room continues out onto the deck through 21 wide bifold doors for an additional 234 sq of indoor/outdoor living.
890 W Cliff DR 3
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,445 SqFt
  • 0.024 Acres
MOTIVATED SELLERS - Opportunity knocks at a red door in this beautiful two story home. With 2,079 Sq.Ft. of living space on a 5,489 Sq.Ft. lot, this move in ready gem has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a bonus room and a 2 Car Garage. The spacious kitchen has been remodeled to include custom cabinets, stainless appliances and skylights to give this beach home a modern feel. The stone fireplace and new carpets/flooring throughout are complimented by dual pane windows, in addition to the updated bathrooms and Tankless water heater. A covered Patio with a wood deck and a fire pit make the large private backyard perfect for entertaining. You are only blocks away from the ocean, which offers a 3 mile ocean-side path along W Cliff. Giving you access to a short walk or bike ride away to the world famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Steamers Lane surf spot, and the Lighthouse Field Park and Natural Bridges State Park. Location is EVERYTHING and this home provides that and so much more!
412 Woodrow AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,079 SqFt
  • 0.126 Acres
***The seller is open to the idea of a possible property swap*** Designed by famed architect William Weeks, this expansively remodeled, five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Santa Cruz combines classic charm with an infusion of modern updates and tasteful upgrades. This is the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor space as the property is situated on a lot of approximately 10,000 square feet. The house is absolutely charming! It offers an open and bright feel, yet still cozy and private. Recent improvements include a new roof, updated plumbing and electrical, an on-demand hot water system, a solar system that has been fully paid for, remodeled kitchen, baths, and more. The outdoor space offers a sunny deck, grass, a fireplace and lots of space for entertaining or relaxing. Additionally, there is a detached two car garage that was previously used as a studio space.   Excellent location in close proximity to downtown Santa Cruz, the beach, and highway access.
215 Weeks AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,445 SqFt
  • 0.230 Acres
Upper West Side. Quiet Street. Westlake School. Single Level Family Home. This is a very charming and well maintained, single level, California Ranch Style Home. The house is Approx. 2100 Sq Ft on an almost 9,000 Sq. Ft. lot. There are 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, a formal Living room, and a formal Dining room.  The Kitchen/Family Combo Room has sliding doors leading out to the private back garden and the swimming pool area. There is also a large bonus room which has been used as an office and 4th bedroom. There are real Oak Hardwood floors throughout the house. The water heater, washer & dryer, utility sink, and tons of storage cabinets are located in the 2 car garage. The back yard is fully fenced with locking gates.
123 Ross ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,100 SqFt
  • 0.204 Acres
Modernized Victorian duplex in the walkable Mission Hill Historic District. This home boasts charm, flexible space, & even a story. Built in 1872 at the corner of Sylvar & High St, Jack Sylvar entertained customers in a saloon on the 1st level, while his personal residence was above. While updating this registered historic home, the focus was on preserving its character. High ceilings & original refurbished windows make it light & bright; while high baseboards & vintage fixtures add charm. Downstairs features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & a kitchen that makes a statement w/ Cafe appliances & quartz countertops. Upstairs, the 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom home offers an office & balcony w/ views of the school, church & hills in the distance. Perfect if you are looking for a separate space for family or rental income. Though tucked away on a cul-de-sac, this home is steps from the best of Santa Cruz. Its only a 6 minute walk to the Clock Tower downtown or 8 minutes via bike to the Wharf & Boardwalk.
209 High ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,346 SqFt
  • 0.100 Acres
Premier Westlake location with shared pond in backyard. First time on market in over 50 years. Single level 3 bedroom 2 bath home with attached 2 car garage. Needs updating but a special place to raise a family.
232 Majors ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,940 SqFt
  • 0.310 Acres

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