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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

Secure, private, family compound, consisting of 3 parcels totaling 5.7 acres. Stunning ocean view estate overlooks open space on the western edge of Santa Cruz in one of the areas most sought after locations. High ceilings and walls of windows flood every room with natural light and provide the feeling of serenity while living elevated among the treetops. Radiant floors, a chefs dream kitchen with a labradorite center island, hydraulic elevator, and video security system are just a few of the notable features. The gated entrance opens to beautifully landscaped park-like acreage including areas of undisturbed habitat frequented by deer, turkeys, and hawks. The property has a private well, PV solar array and natural gas generator. This one of a kind property also features an amazing fully equipped one-bedroom guest house, as well as a bunker like separate office space. Relax by the solar heated infinity edge pool. 3 adjoining parcels are offered separately or combined.
635 Meder ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,037 SqFt
  • 3.352 Acres
Find your Zen Beach Home steps from the Pacific Ocean.  Masterfully crafted in 2017, no expense was spared in the design and buildout of this stunning, Modern Mediterranean Dream Home.  2 Master Suites, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, expansive entertaining area upstairs, oversized kitchen with breakfast bar family room area, separate living room, finished garage, out door bbq area, outdoor shower, front yard seating area, large rear patio area and all the glorious benefits that come with living on the Santa Cruz Coast.  Designer features include 10 foot ceilings, custom hardwood floors, extensive use of granite, marble, massive slab breakfast bar with room for 6, oversized center island, stainless appliances, LED lighting, crown molding, finished garage complete with Italian Slate stamped concrete driveway.  No crowds, nuisance, traffic or headaches associated with living on West Cliff but the same convenience steps away from the ocean along the manicured pathway in front of your home.
130 Bethany CURV
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,656 SqFt
  • 0.138 Acres
4.05 Acres upper Westside. One of the last large sites in near University.  Approx 1.97 acres nearly level, remainder slopes toward Harvey West with oaks/other trees. Home looks to large open field w/privacy. 2480 SF home built in 1950s, designed by renowned architect Joe Esherick. 5 br/3ba, living room, dining area, kitchen + laundry room. Living rm has lofty ceilings + expansive windows looking onto greenery + acreage beyond 1090 SF of decking. Features include wide plank hardwood floors in living room, brick fireplace, broad eve overhangs.Quality was good for the era. The house needs major renovations, but stands the test of a timeless design. Zoned R-1-10 DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY. SEE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT LAND in MLS for info and/or contact agent.
118 Ortalon CIR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,476 SqFt
  • 4.005 Acres
WOW! A coastal lovers dream... this mid-century modern style home is truly one of a kind, situated on one of the most desired streets in all of Santa Cruz. Upper level great room features 180 degree views of the ocean, wharf, beach, and boardwalk. Open floor plan w/ expansive upper level deck, truly an entertainers delight. Completely remodeled kitchen and bathrooms w/ high end finishes throughout. Owners suite features an oversized shower, walk in closet, and the luxury of enjoying the sunrise over the ocean upon waking up. Lower level flex space perfect for a game room, secondary family room, gym, or home office. Courtyard area is an ideal setting for a fire pit, as well as an ample sized backyard w/ hottub. Experience all the luxuries of living on W Cliff Drive without the nuances. Easy access to Approx 20 of the most desired surf locations in North America. Easy stroll to the beach, the wharf, and the boardwalk. Close to Hwy 17 and Hwy 1, convenient for commuters.ONE OF A KIND!
415 Manor AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,227 SqFt
  • 0.132 Acres
The Hinds House is living history designed by John Williams and built by Col. Alfred Hinds in 1888 and 1889.  With 11 bedrooms, 6 baths, 6600 sq ft of living space, It is the best example of Stick Eastlake Victorian Architecture left in the City combining the spindle work of eastlake w/classical revival style in its central alcove entrance & soaring 2nd floor gabled porch.  Interior finishes are a remarkable display of carved & turned redwood, cedar, sycamore, oak and pine. Notable features include: cathedral & tinted stained glass, lincrusta wall coverings, three fireplace hearths embellished with fine art tiles.  Restored in 1981 and recognized by the SC Historical Society and the National Register of Historic Places, it has been meticulously maintained and used as a profitable historic inn for business travelers, visiting faculty and those relocating to Santa Cruz.  Comes with special use permit for weekly/monthly lodging and has AirBnB Superhost Account with 5 star rating.
529 Chestnut ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 11 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 6,600 SqFt
  • 0.138 Acres
Just steps to West Cliff Drive and Mitchells beach this updated 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom property has space for everyone! The versatile downstairs floor plan offers options for you to create the space you need.  Downstairs, enjoy the functional kitchen with breakfast bar, separate eating area, cozy built-in window seat, pine cabinetry, and a separate pantry. The kitchen opens up to a well-sized family room for easy conversation; complete with built-in cabinets and a gas fireplace.  You will also find a separate dining room and formal living room and one of the four bedrooms on the first floor along with a full bathroom.  Upstairs, the large master suite features a fireplace, balcony, and perfectly sized walk-in closet. Outside youll enjoy the mature landscaping, fenced-in yards in both the front and back, a cozy front porch, and a large patio. You dont want to miss this opportunity to own a great and well-cared-for family or vacation home centrally located on the Lower Westside!
402 Oxford WAY
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,427 SqFt
  • 0.143 Acres
Stunning craftsman style Victorian located in the desirable lower Escalona Neighborhood. This home features, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a legal attached one bedroom accessory dwelling unit, for a total of 2,571 sq ft, plus a carriage house and detached artist studio. A major renovation in the 1990s upgraded the foundation and systems but preserved the original details: fir floors, coffered ceilings, wainscotting, five panel doors, trim, hardware, enclosed sun room and porch. 6.2 Kw owned solar installed by Alterra in 2016. Huge attic space for storage with dormer and basement storage area. The lush landscaping, stamped walkways, flagstone, rock wall and grounds on this large south facing lot maximize the benefits of this warm micro climate tucked just out of the prevailing sea breeze. Incredibly convenient location is only minutes to Downtown Santa Cruz, UCSC, beaches and Highway 17. This home is ideal for large families, multi-generational living or working from home.
416 Escalona DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,571 SqFt
  • 0.168 Acres
Remodeled upper west side home! High point on premier street. Filtered Ocean Views! Sought-after Moore Creek Estates. 2 stories, 4 beds, 3 baths, over 3,200 sf. Beautifully landscaped. Winding driveway to 3.5 car attached garage with Tesla charger. Open floor plan. 2 fireplaces. Throughout this spacious and bright home are gleaming hard wood floors, modern paint schemes, wainscoting, custom woodwork, and dramatic coffered ceilings, and ceiling fans. Enormous living room/dining area is perfect for entertaining! Featuring 2 fireplaces, inviting wrap-around deck, patio and lush, fenced backyard. Huge, bright kitchen/dining area offers sub-zero fridge, gas range, Gaggenau double ovens, pantry, dumbwaiter brings groceries from garage!  The big master retreat features: artistic ceiling, sliders to romantic balcony with spiral staircase, walk-in closet, dual vanities, soaking tub.  Please follow the guidelines listed on the Posted Rules for Entry Form at https://tinyurl.com/yauvyc75
124 Moore Creek RD
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,217 SqFt
  • 0.237 Acres
Finally, the perfect property to work from home while enjoying everything the beautiful Westside of Santa Cruz has to offer! Ideally situated 3 blocks from the famous Westcliff drive, this property serves as the perfect home-base to explore the nearby beaches, state parks, and redwood forests, as well as the trendy bars, cafes, and restaurants allowing one to partake in the surfing, hiking, biking, dining, and fun that accompanies the area. This home features the perfect blend of open flow with its great room, family room, and kitchen area, and well as a separation of space-important to those working from home. With 5 bedrooms plus an office in the main house, and an additional bedroom in the ADU over the garage, and various indoor and outdoor spaces, there is always somewhere to escape to get work done (or simply enjoy a quiet moment). Completely remodeled in 2009 and recently updated with new flooring, paint, and a ground-level master bedroom, this is what you have been waiting for!
346 John ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 6 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,941 SqFt
  • 0.159 Acres
Welcome to the home you have dreamed of for years. Prime West side Santa Cruz location. Want to catch sunset? How about a 1 minute bike ride? Heading to surf? Five minute stroll across lighthouse field. Sunrise your thing? You're a stone's throw away from seeing it every day. This is the it! A grandiose living room with nine-foot ceilings is the central point of the home, excellent for top-notch social gatherings. 3 generous bedrooms with gleaming cherry-lined hardwood flooring on the ground floor, 2 of which are master suites. 1 has its own covered porch and separate entrance. 1 shared full bathroom is also on this level. Beautiful bright eat-in kitchen with views out the windows. Upstairs find another full bath and bedroom with architecturally pleasing ceiling. Spacious garage for all of your beach sporting goods. PLUS, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BUILD AN ADU ABOVE THE GARAGE AS PER THE CITY OF SANTA CRUZ!  Are you ready to live the lifestyle your hard work has imagined? You're already here!
111 Eucalyptus AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,888 SqFt
  • 0.135 Acres
Uniquely hand-crafted home on one of our upper west side's finest streets!  Views of Monterey Bay from hilltop perch. Exotic hardwoods are showcased with accents of copper, tiles, and a variety of stonework.  A hacienda style floor plan provides plenty of room to move.  Features include hardwood floors, radiant heat, open-beamed and cove ceilings, wainscoting, elegant mahogany doors and trim, teak decking, and much more.  Accessory Apartment is fully permitted with one bedroom, living room, kitchen, parlor, and bath.  Large lot is an open canvas awaiting your creativity.
Address not disclosed
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,037 SqFt
  • 0.217 Acres
Classic Santa Cruz home with extra unit in a terrific location,nestled above downtown on a quiet street, close to schools and the university. with great walkability and excellent commute location. This handsome home is light and bright inside, terrific floor plan, some historic original light fixtures, stained glass and hardware. Downstairs features, living room and fireplace, separate sitting room, one bedroom and bath and a light open kitchen and dining area facing backyard. Upstairs 3 bedrooms  and 1 bath. Back Carriage house offers flexible living space with many possibilities. currently 1 large bedroom upstairs plus 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and large storage room  downstairs. City of Santa Cruz RL Zoning low rise multi residential. This is a great opportunity in a wonderful historic neighborhood above downtown Santa Cruz!
427 Locust ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,640 SqFt
  • 0.138 Acres
Well-maintained, desirable single level 3-bed, 2-bath home, with garage. As a bonus, there is a detached, 450 Sq Ft double office area behind the main house with a patio that joins the two units. Ideal for work at home, remote learning or use as an artist's space. Essentially a 5 bedroom home. High speed internet and fiber optic available. The house has a living room for relaxing, along with a separate family room off the kitchen. The kitchen is great for entertaining, counter top seating with large dining area and a cozy gas fireplace. Backyard is ideal for outdoor entertaining, rain or shine, day or night. Easy to maintain landscaping. Home is equipped with a 4.48 kW solar electric system along with a high efficiency furnace. You will have the conveniences of the Westside including walking/biking to the beach and wharf. Close to the new Rail Trail, and walking distance to fine restaurants, wineries, breweries, entertainment and the Farmers Market on the weekend. This home has it all.
531 Bellevue ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,618 SqFt
  • 0.147 Acres
Private, safe community in a magical forest setting on the Upper-Westside? This hidden enclave is a secret kept even from locals. Play basketball in your private cul-de-sac, walk to the Pogonip, or ride the world-class mountain bike trails that are LITERALLY in your backyard.   The living and dining-rooms open to an entertainer's deck. The remodeled kitchen, at the heart of the home, is encircled by the breakfast and bar area, family-room, and laundry room w/office nook. Pocket doors offer the best of open-concept living, with the option to create intimate spaces.   Refinished hardwood, new carpet, fresh paint, new light fixtures, switches, and receptacles give it that new house smell. Rare three car-garage allows room for cars, toys and a workshop.  Expansive master suite w/vaulted ceilings, & extra large walk-in closet. Second and third bedrooms have beautiful views and access to an exterior balcony. Walking distance to Westlake, Santa Cruz's highest rated public elementary school.
116 Limestone LN
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,335 SqFt
  • 0.065 Acres
Desirable West Side Santa Cruz location. Custom homes in the neighborhood. Convenient access to Hwy 1, Hwy 17, shopping, services, 45 min. commute to the Silicon Valley and Bay Area. Schools nearby: UCSC , Santa Cruz High, Mission Hill Middle School, Bay View Elementary. Home has 3 Bed, 3 Bath and Office w/ closet. Ocean peek views from balconies. Yard low maintenance mature landscaping. New roof 2012, paint inside and out. Repiped plumbing throughout and new sewer to street.
520 Escalona DR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,112 SqFt
  • 0.188 Acres
First time on the market! Passed down through two generations this charming 1934 Santa Cruz home is in a terrific location nestled above downtown on a quiet one way street. The first floor features a comfortable living room with hardwood floors & gas stove fireplace opening into a light filled contemporary kitchen completely remodeled in 2010. Two bedrooms and a full bath are also on the first floor. Upstairs landing leads to an open home office with built-in desk, file drawers and a wall of shelving. Second floor addition was added in 1984. The spacious Master bedroom has high ceilings, large closets and a cedar lined window seat. 4th bedroom has a walk-in closet. Enjoy the sunny fenced back yard with deck and stamped concrete patio ready for outdoor fun! Plenty of room to garden too. Delightful walkable area close to schools, beaches and all that Santa Cruz has to offer. Easy commute location.  One of a kind!
134 Towne TER
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,816 SqFt
  • 0.108 Acres
Lower Westside petite Mid-Century Modern ready for a new owner to put the finishing touches on her good bones.   Large two car garage, low maintenance yard plenty of off street parking....and location, location, location:  3-blocks to West Cliff, 1-block to Derby Park and Gateway School, 4-blocks to  Natural Bridges  State Park, and the Westside's best breweries, grocery stores,  coffee shops,  yoga studios, and more.   Tight-knit one block long street, where the neighbors have your back. Previous owner was a neighborhood favorite that watched over everyone . He died of natural causes in the home.
110 Coalinga WAY
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,045 SqFt
  • 0.119 Acres
Feel the ocean breeze from this cute and quaint Lower Westside cottage! The reverse floor plan features a light-filled upstairs kitchen that opens into the living and dining room area; perfect for entertaining! Upstairs you will also find the master bedroom and a full bathroom. Head downstairs where there are three more bedrooms, a full bathroom, laundry room and plenty of storage. The spacious and sunny backyard features a patio, lush lawn, and gardening beds. Centrally located on the Westside you are minutes from the beach and favorite surf spots in one direction and grocery stores, coffee shops and conveniences in the other. Excellent opportunity for a first-time home buyer, UCSC investor or someone looking for a second home near the beach and mountain biking trails!
547 Bethany CURV
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,111 SqFt
  • 0.078 Acres
*WELCOME TO 306 PARK PLACE*A CHARMING AND REMODELED BEACH BUNGALOW JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK*PARKING FOR UP TO 5 VEHICLES ON SITE (RARITY)*VERY PRIVATE SETTING SURROUNDED ON 3 SIDES BY A COMMUNITY GARDEN*HOME FRONTS ON RAYMOND STREET*ENJOY THE SUNSETS FROM THE FRONT PORCH WHILE ENJOYING A WARM FIRE IN THE FIRE PIT*MANY UPGRADES TO THE HOME INCLUDING FORCED AIR HEATING, TANKLESS WATER HEATER AND COPPER PLUMBING*MOST FURNISHINGS INCLUDED IN SALE*
306 PARK PL
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 766 SqFt
  • 0.069 Acres
Charming 1950's Bungalow in the heart of West Side Santa Cruz. Set on a large flat lot with tons of potential for improvement and expansion. This home is ready to welcome excited new owners. This Approx. 1,097 Sq. Ft. home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and an attached 1 car garage. The Lot is Approx. 6,273 Sq. Ft. including a large private back yard. The location is extremely convenient, being close to the shopping and dining on Mission Street. The Swift Street Courtyard breweries, wineries, shops and eateries are 3 blocks away. West Cliff Drive and Natural Bridges State Beach are less than 1 mile away. Great Schools like West Lake, Mission Hill and Santa Cruz High are also nearby, making this a potentially wonderful family home. Covid showing guidelines - https://bit.ly/3h3Ob7o
1757 King ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,097 SqFt
  • 0.144 Acres

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