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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
With Views from Mitchell's Cove to Monterey, here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live on the premiere ocean front drive in Santa Cruz!  This remodeled 2800 sf home has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 half baths and is located on a double rarely available 13,000 sf lot.  Currently the utility poles are being put underground for unobstructed views!!!  Custom built with flexible floor plan that includes a guest suite with separate entrance & balcony. The remodeled kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances and breakfast nook; perfect for morning coffee while watching the dolphins & whales. There are formal dining and living rooms with refinished hardwood floors & gas starter fireplaces overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The professionally landscaped lot has space to expand or for a cottage (buyer to verify) or pool.  With an over-sized 2 car garage & 300 sq ft. finished basement you will have room for all your bikes, boards & beach toys; the epitome of California Coastal Living!
950 W Cliff DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,732 SqFt
  • 0.307 Acres
AUCTION: November 4 to 7. Previously Offered for $3.699M. No Reserve.   This grand house along Auburn Avenue, just 100 from the Pacific Ocean on the corner of West Cliff, is reminiscent of a lighthouse with its glowing cupola atop an elegant, nautical-craftsman style beach home. Boasting a sculpted front lawn, expansive back recreation area, several balconies, fireplaces to cozy up around, its a haven by the sea. For the gourmet cook, an expansive upstairs bleeds seamlessly into the kitchen, with an open-floor plan and vast counter space, walk-in pantry, and state-of-the-art European appliances. Ocean views from almost every room, with balconies and bay windows, custom stained-glass features in the kitchen and bathrooms, gleaming marble and walnut, all centered upon a dramatic staircase. A reverse floor plan offers optimal views for you, whether entertaining or just relaxing. The palm leaves fanning, the sea breeze invigorating, the sun illuminating.
103 Auburn AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,620 SqFt
  • 0.185 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
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 3,904 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
  • 3,904 SqFt
  • 0.137 Acres
The price has been improved!!! Come see this Santa Cruz architectural gem with panoramic bay & city views!à This light-filled & charming Colonial Revival home near UCSC and downtown has many possibilities. Uses in recent years includeàprivate residence, work/live space, & a long/short term rental.àThe 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.ààAll 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 ý acre lot,  w/ a cottage-like garage, carport, and meditation room, and two view decks. Also includes an amazing attic space with vaulted ceilings and loads of potential!
410 High ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,334 SqFt
  • 0.498 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
NEW $150K PRICE REDUCTION! 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
HUGE PRICE IMPROVEMENT! Seller is motivated. A new home should enable a new lifestyle; 348 John St offers Santa Cruz living at its BEST! Completely remodeled and updated in 2009, this elegant craftsman-style home consists of 5 beds and 5 baths (4 bds and office in the main house, 1 bd over garage), has large indoor and outdoor entertaining space ideal for spending quality time with friends/family, natural lighting throughout, and a permitted guest house (perfect for family members or as a rental). Pacific Collegiate School (ranked #4 in the state) is within one mile, and the newly renovated Gateway School is one block over. Recreation options are abundant, with the property situated three blocks from the world-class surfing and beaches of Westcliff Dr, and just a mile from Wilder Ranch State Park (great hiking/biking). Plenty of space for toys in the detached garage. Some of Santa Cruz's favorite restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops are around the corner.
348 John ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,941 SqFt
  • 0.160 Acres
This lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is located in the peaceful upper, westside of Santa Cruz!  Close to beaches, downtown, great schools, and has easy access to highways 1 and 17.  The spacious kitchen is the heart of this home featuring Viking gas range, Kitchen Aid Pro Series appliances, stone countertops, soft close cabinetry, drinking water filtration system and lots of storage; including a wine closet.  Easy care hardwood and travertine flooring throughout the home.  Separate living and dining area with wood burning fireplace and ocean views.  Family room has gas fireplace controlled by remote and leads out to large tiled patio great for sunning and entertaining.  Enjoy sunrise and ocean views from the master bedroom featuring a Juliet balcony.  The master bath has heated flooring and soaking tub.   This home also includes Solar electricity, tankless water heater, CAT5 wiring in family and bedrooms, 2 car garage with dumbwaiter, automatic drip irrigation front and back.
814 Escalona DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,500 SqFt
  • 0.172 Acres
This prime property on the upper side of Escalona Drive has incredible views of the city and the bay. Architect-designed and managed remodel will knock your socks off (in case the view didn't already). The interior spaces are modern, comfortable, and happy. The views from the front deck and house are breathtaking. The backyard is inviting and soothing. The house is perfect for enjoying alone and with your family, or entertaining guests. The single-car garage has a motorized lift for a second car.
818 Escalona DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,788 SqFt
  • 0.158 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
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 wall in order to use it as home officeeasily removed.
125 Clark AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,004 SqFt
  • 0.115 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
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
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
  • 1,351 SqFt
  • 0.024 Acres
Come see this perfect beach bungalow.  Just a block from Steamer's Lane. A walk across the street to Lighthouse Field and all Santa Cruz has to offer.  Easy bike ride to downtown, Swift Street Courtyard, coffee shops, New Leaf Market and much more. Must see!
210 Pelton AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 768 SqFt
  • 0.127 Acres
Highly desirable 4 bedroom + large office, 3 bath, 2648 Sq Ft home in perfect upper Westside location. Wonderful large 7,235 Sq Ft corner lot provides privacy and light. Great curb appeal with nice landscaping and patios all around. This  beautiful home was remodeled and expanded by 853 Sq Ft in 2009 to add an entire upstairs that includes a large master bedroom with gorgeous bath that has a jetted tub and shower. Large office/bedroom adjoins the master bedroom. Beautiful kitchen with granite counters, cherry cabinets and stainless appliances. The 3 lovely  bathrooms all have gorgeous Carrera marble. All new cherry flooring throughout. Original master bedroom and 2 more bedrooms are on the ground level. At completion of construction is 2009  the home received a Green Building Certificate. Close to UCSC and downtown Santa Cruz.
151 Seaborg PL
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,648 SqFt
  • 0.166 Acres
Just steps away from the Pacific Ocean sits a wonderful oasis on the Westside of Santa Cruz.  This spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,412sf home is a wonderful opportunity to live in one of the most desirable areas of all of Santa Cruz.  Design your own remodel on this nicely situated family home with a front facing living room, a back facing family room, a centrally located kitchen & dining space, and all four bedrooms upstairs.  Evening walks between Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges State Park await you on the walkways of West Cliff Drive.  Whether it is a sunset stroll or a walk to some of the best surfing in the county, you will love living here.  Just minutes to local boutique restaurants, shops, organic grocery stores, Safeway and easy access to the highway. Come see it while it is still available.
134 Merced AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,412 SqFt
  • 0.115 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

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