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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

Known as  the Crown Jewel of Santa Cruz; this one-of-a-kind Villa was exquisitely designed by Thomas Welsh in Queen Anne Victorian style. The Golden Gate Villa was completed in 1891 with its original character immaculately preserved to this day, a monument to the lavish era of elegance and craftsmanship in which it  flourished. With over 10,500 square feet of living space, this magnificent residence features 10 Suites, 11.5 Bathrooms, including a penthouse overlooking the ocean and the city, a turreted carriage house, beautifully landscaped grounds & ample off  street parking. A Gold Parlor modeled after one of the rooms in the Palace of Versailles with a pure Onyx-faced fireplace and gold-plated chandelier, speaks well of the rest of the Villa. The grand entry with the sweeping stairway, intricately carved mantels of exotic woods, high ceilings with plaster rosettes, 20 museum grade Tiffany quality stained glass windows throughout the house, gilded ornamental detailing throughout.
924 3rd ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 10 Beds
  • 12 Baths
  • 10,500 SqFt
  • 0.476 Acres
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
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
Sweeping WHITE WATER views.  This special property is three doors from the sparkling Monterey Bay and just across the way from Natural Bridges State Beach. Featuring an open floorplan that accentuates the glistening Pacific Ocean and dramatic sunsets from the kitchen/living room and spacious front deck, the home offers an upstairs with soaring ceilings and skylights, hardwood floors, fireplace and master bedroom with a walk-in closet.  Downstairs two bedrooms plus a family room equipped with its own sink and countertop open onto a patio with pergola and backyard with mature landscaping.  Enjoy walks on West Cliff, excellent surfing, whale, bird and people watching.  Bicycle to Courtyard Commons, New Leaf & a multitude of local restaurants.  Buyers searching for that unique opportunity to enjoy your life by the Bay...you have found it!
216 Swanton BLVD
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,075 SqFt
  • 0.108 Acres
Stunning bay views from this Mediterranean beauty which offers charm, grace and location. Meticulously maintained with incredible attention to detail. Totally renovated inside and out! Spanish tiled inlayed steps leading to entrance. Spacious floorplan includes hardwood and travertine floors throughout, 3 bedroom, 2full baths, half bath, separate living and dining area, family room with doors leading to balcony,  2 Wood burning fireplaces. Spa like Master bath with soaking tub and access to outdoor patio. The chef's kitchen includes marble countertops, Viking gas range, hardwood floors, kitchen aid pro series stainless appliances. Milguard windows, custom wrought iron banister and railing. Lighted entry, copper downspouts, recessed lighting throughout, dimmer switches, nest thermo. Viewing deck with amazing ocean views, gas firepit. Solar panels. 2 car garage. Enjoy everything this Westside home offers; close to schools, restaurants, beaches, downtown, and easy commute location.
814 Escalona
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,500 SqFt
  • 0.172 Acres
Location! Location! Original owners are selling their spacious custom home in this delightful upper West side neighborhood! Open living room floor plan features distinctive brick fireplace [gas or wood], custom cabinetry w/ built-in speakers for home theater. Designer kitchen showcases  professional Thermador gas range / dual shelf dishwasher / hand crafted lighting / solid granite counter top w/ kitchen bar. Hardwood floors throughout. Eat in kitchen or formal dining rm. Office, inside laundry room + half bath on first level. Second floor Master suite has jetted tub, double sinks, stall shower. Nice separation of bedrooms. Possible multi-living options or family room. Outside stairway leads to landscaped yard w/gazebo/hot tub. Upgrades include high capacity solar system [ owned ], 2 car gar plus carport, workshop area with 100 amp 240 volt sub panel suitable for electric car charger & steel I beam for 1,000 lb electric hoist. Hot water circulation system.  Quality throughout!!
235 Peyton ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,033 SqFt
  • 0.136 Acres
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
Prepare to be impressed with this custom crafted Westside home. Only 12 years young, this Neo-Traditional home is a beautiful marriage of formal architecture & modern day luxuries.  Stained glass windows, custom ironwork, vintage sinks, handmade tiles, etc give the home a nostalgic aura. The entry opens to a living room, parlor & formal dining room.  Off to the side are the guest bath & playroom.  The heart of this home is the Great Room ~ Gourmet kitchen w/Viking range & large center island, spacious family room w/ fireplace & built-in seating for dining.  Inviting master suite w/covered balcony, walk-in closet & jetted tub. The backyard enjoys an outdoor kitchen, stamped concrete patio & courtyard fountain.  So many possibilities for this charming Guest Cottage w/half bath, full attic storage, outdoor shower & raised decking. Detached garage w/upstairs loft with skylights - makes a great home office.  Walk to shops, dining, parks and West Cliff Drive & live the Santa Cruz dream here.
224 Trescony ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,531 SqFt
  • 0.138 Acres
Great location just one block from West Cliff Dr. Walk to beach and wharf.  And one of the best surfing areas in California.  Rear yard access from City alleyway.  New interior paint and carpets.  Solar power system.
317 Lighthouse AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,681 SqFt
  • 0.162 Acres
Amazing cash cow.  2 homes on 1 large lot, one recently worked on.  Live in main house on King while you rent out the house on Bay to cover your costs OR rent them both out for a healthy income.  Long history of providing large rental income to owner.  Contact listing agent for rental income and tenancy information. Colorful background on Bay St. house, which is legal but non-conforming. On the bus line and just at the foot of Bay for great UCSC access.  Two JUMP bike racks directly in front of King St. house for fun riding on the upper Westside, or down to West Cliff for bayside relaxation.  Walk to restaurants, both Mission St. and downtown, and to movies, shops, and all that vibrant and hip downtown Santa Cruz has to offer.  Check out this unusual asset which hasn't been on the market for decades.
1206 King ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,220 SqFt
  • 0.166 Acres
This lovingly cared for single level family home is located in the coveted Lower Westside/Natural Bridges area of Santa Cruz. House has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and sits on an extra large lot and is just one block from West Cliff Drive. House has been updated. Kitchen and bathrooms have new tile floors. New kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances, some plumbing and light fixtures. Original hardwood floors have been refinished. Interior and exterior of the house was painted last year. Great retirement, vacation, rental or family home!
510 Modesto AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,426 SqFt
  • 0.139 Acres
Stunning ocean-view Thatcher and Thompson home on the upper west side! Situated directly across the street from a tranquil neighborhood park and beautiful Moore Creek Preserve, the home boasts a truly enviable setting. The location and design afford dramatic ocean and canyon views from two bedrooms, the living room, dining room, and upper and lower front decks. Although the home is only twenty years new, it's been updated for today's most discerning buyers. You'll be blown away by the new kitchen with its custom bamboo-faced cabinets, farmhouse sink, Caesarstone counters and distinctive Fireclay tile work. The upstairs bathrooms have been enhanced with new cabinets and vanities, towel warmers, Toto toilets with Washlets and radiant heated floors.  Owned solar panels provide clean, affordable energy.   You'll love the high ceilings, hardwood floors and built-in wooden shelving and drawers.   Few homes in Santa Cruz match the location, views, quality and style this home has to offer!
201 Cypress PARK
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,453 SqFt
  • 0.072 Acres
Please do not disturb tenants.  Own a piece of Hwy 1!  Rented for $5,150 per month. 5Bed/2.5Ba House. (4 Bedrooms in Main house and 1 in Basement). Total 5 Bedrooms, (1.5 Bathrooms in Main House and 1 in Basement) 2.5 Bathrooms.  Just passed City Santa Cruz Annual Rental Inspection.  Owner occupy or continue renting this property as an investment.  Great Centralized location.  Huge Lot with plenty of parking.  Very unique feature of beautiful, calming stream running through the property line.  Many possibilities for this site..check with City.  Low Maintenance Property.  New Dual Pane Windows.  New Forced Air Furnace.  Main Electrical Panel Updated.  New Pergo Floors, New Carpet.  (2) New Toilets.  Updated Bathroom on Main Level. Interior Paint.  Laundry Room onsite.  The house is 3 levels.  Basement (Separate entrance) with kitchenette and 1 full bath and 1 bedroom.  House Middle Level with full kitchen and 1.5 baths and 2 bedrooms.  House Top level with 2 bedrooms.
1119 Mission ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,957 SqFt
  • 0.244 Acres
Fabulous ocean views from this sought after Upper Westside neighborhood. Walk out your front door to the Westside Farmers market and restaurants. Easy access to beaches and UCSC. This reverse floor plan home is designed to provide an ocean view from every single room upstairs, including the Master Bedroom!   With 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, you'll find 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms upstairs, and 2 bedrooms/ 1 bathroom downstairs.  Bright, airy, open and spacious and perfect for a large family. The huge living room flows into the dining room and kitchen  perfect for entertaining. Freshly painted interior & exterior, freshly resurfaced tubs and shower, and the upper decks have been replaced to take advantage of the views.  Full two-car garage, large inside laundry room, large closets and a built-in buffet provide loads of storage space.  Low maintenance yards with mature plants make this home ready to move in.  $481/Square foot for an Ocean View Westside Home. Don't miss this one!
123 Alamo AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,594 SqFt
  • 0.092 Acres
Complete Remodel on this 1939 Charmer with a High-End and Elegant Kitchen.  Fisher Paykel drawer dishwasher, Double-Oven & Gas Range, Viking Convection Microwave Oven, Quartz Counter tops,Farm Sink, Ivory Cabinetry with pull-out Pantry Shelves, Appliance Garage, and more! Expansive Master Suite & Luxurious Master Bath with deep Jetted Tub and Gas Fireplace, Steam Shower, Built-In Cabinetry and Large Walk-in Closet with Organizers.  Separate Entrance. Hardwood flooring flows through the Living Room, Kitchen, Hallway and two Bedrooms.  The Charming Living room has built-in Window Seats with Cushions and Extra Storage and a Cozy Fireplace. Murphy Bed in one Guest room, and lovely French Doors in the Third Bedroom.  The Guest Bath has been Tastefully Remodeled with a Steam Shower complete with Cedar Planking on the Floor and Ceiling!  The Detached Garage is located on the back alley with extra Parking in front and back.  Located on a Lovely and Quiet street only 2 blocks from Safeway.
1610 King ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,610 SqFt
  • 0.138 Acres
111 Woodside AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,504 SqFt
  • 0.163 Acres
Fabulous 3BR 2.5 home nestled in The Village Highlands on the Upper Westside. Perfectly located in a quiet cul de sac minutes to UCSC, Pogonip hiking,  bus lines, West Cliff beach, and  a short walk to feed the ducks at Westlake. The first floor entry greets you with an open air living room with cozy fireplace, light wood floors and vaulted ceilings, next is a versatile room which may be used as a formal dining rm, family rm, office or? Enter the sun-drenched kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The open dining area has sliding glass doors leading to the south facing private patio garden with dining and lounging areas. The vaulted upstairs living space includes a huge master bedrm suite. Two light filled bedrooms, a full hall bath and laundry nook..  New paint inside and out, New wood floors and wool carpet, modern lighting, and drought tolerant landscaped garden. There is an alley access to a two car garage with room for storage.  Ready to move right in!
313 Village CIR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,875 SqFt
  • 0.071 Acres
Hidden rural gem close to town, yet a world away located adjacent to Moore Creek on historic land grant. First time on the market - over 2400 sq. ft. 1960s custom built 3 bedroom, 3 full bathroom, post adobe ranch house complete with contractor touches with built-ins and spacious rooms providing an easy layout for living and entertaining. The crafted rock wall fireplace frames the family room with large windows bringing the outdoors inside. An elegant living room awaits time with family and friends. The master suite overlooks the patio and riparian corridor and includes private bath, plus both a walk-in and mirrored closets. The spacious kitchen includes an indoor barbecue and breakfast nook. The separate dining room opens onto the patio and private back yard. There is a tuck under attached garage with laundry as well. Home needs maintenance and updates to make it yours.
201 Highview DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,478 SqFt
  • 0.242 Acres
This charming home is nestled into a beautiful and quiet neighborhood on the West Side of Santa Cruz. It boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 baths on a 6,926 SqFt lot. Excellent location near HWY1, HWY17, UC Santa Cruz, Wilder Ranch, West Cliff, and Downtown. Fulfill your dreams with this prime location and make this home your own!
111 Anthony ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,758 SqFt
  • 0.159 Acres

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