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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
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
Open Sat 5/25 + Sun 5/26 1-5pm . What an amazing lifestyle you can have living in this magnificent contemporary masterpiece with unobstructed views of the bay, peninsula, mountains, sunset & city lights. This one-of-a-kind abode received the Green Building Award. Nestled into the quiet upper Westside, this hilltop retreat is ideally situated for sun exposure & jaw-dropping views. The floor plan features a smooth transition from indoor to outdoor & spacious entertaining spaces for enjoying the California lifestyle. Designed for elegant entertaining & comfortable living, this home features  tranquil & calming ocean views from most of the living environment. The home is drenched in natural sunlight as a result of the orientation to the sun+the walls of 6 ft tall wood windows. The home lives large with massive rooms+high ceilings. The spacious property includes 145+149 Scenic. Come see this amazing home & you will never want to leave.
145 Scenic ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,890 SqFt
  • 0.446 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
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
Custom built in 2004, Single-Level, Four Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, 2450 Sq. Ft. home on a 6229 Lot. Fabulous indoor/outdoor living. Hardwood floors & arched passageways from spacious room to room. Living room & Family room have fireplaces framed in tile and walnut/maple wood. Spacious kitchen with granite countertops and island. Vaulted ceiling and tons of light; skylights in living room, dining room and 2 in kitchen. Built-in surround sound in family room. Wood accents on windowsills, hallways and closets. Newer heater and low energy appliances.  Master bedroom has large walk-in-closet and opens to backyard.Ample attic space. Fully fenced terra cotta stained front courtyard and large backyard for entertaining, gardening, and relaxing in the sun. Ginger, rosemary and lavender growing in backyard. Rain barrel system. New garage door. Location - Location - 1/4 mile to the beach and West Cliff. Nearby eateries,  Natural Bridges, Wilder Ranch, downtown Santa Cruz. Make this your home today!
146 Alta AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,450 SqFt
  • 0.143 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
Beautifully remodeled home in the heart of Santa Cruz Westside with new two Bedroom unit (ADU) included. Just Reduced! A short walk to Mitchells Cove beach, Westcliff walking path, and great restaurants and shops. The new kitchen is stunning and the home is warm and inviting. There are hardwood floors throughout most of the home, The large master suite is sunny and the master bath has a large walk-in tiled shower. The new gas fireplace is the focal point of the spacious living room. Attractive, sunny patio.Separate office or den with patio door leading to the outdoor deck. A two-car, finished garage and new landscaping complete the home. Overall it is 5BR's and 3Baths and 2344 Sq. feet. just four blocks to the beach.
1619 Delaware AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,716 SqFt
  • 0.172 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
Welcome to this charming custom home in a popular Westside SC neighborhood! Light filled living room features custom fireplace, built-in cabinetry and surround sound home theater. Open kitchen updated in 2008 w/professional Thermador gas range/ dual shelf dishwasher/ hand crafted lighting/ solid granite counter top w/kitchen bar / hrdwd flrs. Entertain in kitchen or dining room. Office, laundry rm, half bath  all on ground level. Second floor design offers versatile multi-living potential. Separate Master suite. Sliding door in 4th bedroom opens to staircase accessing landscaped yard w/ patio & gazebo/ hot tub, two car garage/ workshop w/ 240 volt sub panel suitable for electric car charger. Separate carport, storage shed. Energy efficient high capacity solar/ hot water circulation system; dual pane windows throughout. Fiber optic cable recently installed on Peyton St. So conveniently located to schools, restaurants, breweries, downtown. Two miles to SC beaches, wharf and Boardwalk!!
235 Peyton ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,033 SqFt
  • 0.136 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 currently configured as having 6 individual units: 5 - 1 BD/1BA units & 1 - 2 BD/1BA unit. Two of the one bedrooms are very large and could possibly be reconfigured. County records show property as a 6 Plex since 1999 but there are 4 meters and a central water heater. Entire upper floor (main house) could easily be re-converted back to a 3-4+bedroom home and keep 3 units downstairs. Building is now vacant and ready for new owner & new ideas.  Highly desirable 9,106 SF lot has a parklike setting with very large side and back yards. 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
PRICE REDUCTION - 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
This classic single level  home is located on one of Santa Cruzs most desirable Upper Westside streets. Pride of ownership & careful remodeling created the home you have been waiting for. An elegant entry welcomes you  into the expansive living room with a wall of glass embracing the magical backyard. An inviting family room features a newly installed gas fireplace with raised hearth accesses the patio.  The heart of the home is the updated kitchen with stainless appliances, quartz countertops, an abundance of cabinetry & a delightful dining area. The master retreat offers a designer bathroom, enormous closet & exterior access.There are two additional bedrooms. Handsome hardwood floors run through most of the interior. Outdoors you will relish the natural setting with mature landscaping, amazing covered patio and a charming creek running through the property. Whether your choice is to enjoy a quiet afternoon at home or a garden party with friends, this backyard will capture your heart.
1117 Laurent ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,484 SqFt
  • 0.265 Acres
BACK WITH SERIOUS PRICE CUT! 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. 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. City has agreed to recognize third unit once some remedial work is done, making this a legal triplex!  Holy cash cow!.
1206 King ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,220 SqFt
  • 0.166 Acres
This charming Victorian home in West Side Santa Cruz offers character, vintage details, and unique garden spaces with year-round blooms. The ground floor includes a well-lit living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and garden-view office space. Upstairs there are three spacious, light-filled bedrooms. A modern first-floor addition with separate entrance could be a master suite, in-law unit or guest quarters. There are three modern, full bathrooms, solar hot water, central forced air heating, and warming radiant floor heating in the new addition. The living room opens through French doors to a spacious side porch overlooking a peaceful garden area. The backyard features a secluded, trellis-shaded patio plus redwood deck, fruit trees, raised beds, and a large storage shed. This quiet neighborhood is close to Mission Street restaurants and West Side wine bars, breweries, and beaches.
123 Berkshire AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,020 SqFt
  • 0.139 Acres
Hey investors and Developers!! This great home is currently used as a UCSC student rental. This classic Spanish style Santa Cruz bungalow 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, 2 on the main level with 1 ½ baths, and a nice large finished basement serves as a separate 1 BR unit with bathroom, shower, walk in closet, and kitchenette. Laundry room on site. Close to Emilys 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, and recently painted. In compliance with the City of Santa Cruz Residential Rental Inspection Program. Current rents total $5,149/mo. Could also possibly used as professional office space. (Zoned PA)  Please view 3D virtual tour before making appointment to view. Minimum 24-hour notice to tenants required.
1119 Mission ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,957 SqFt
  • 0.244 Acres
Rare Opportunity to Own in One of the Most Prestigious and Sought After Areas in Santa Cruz on West Cliff Drive. This beautifully remodeled townhouse in a gated community has the largest floor plan - 2590 sq ft with spectacular views of the ocean, the wharf, the beach and the boardwalk!  Experience resort style living with gentle ocean breezes and views as you enjoy the great sunsets! You're steps away from the beach with panoramic ocean views. Close to the beach boardwalk yet far enough for quiet relaxation. Bright, open floor plan with new beautiful wood laminate floors, quartz counter tops in the kitchen and baths, new stainless steel appliances, fixtures and interior paint. This exceptional home with a huge loft on the top level which can be used as a 4th bedroom with a living area, has stunning views of the ocean.  An excellent option as your primary or vacation home! In-unit laundry and a 2-car attached garage. Ready, move-in condition. Enjoy the lifestyle of your dreams!
200 W Cliff DR 11
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,590 SqFt
  • 0.013 Acres
This 12 year new 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home with a large office is located only 8 blocks to West Cliff Drive and beaches. There is a fireplace in the living room and a pass through from the kitchen to the spacious dining area. New appliances in the sparkling kitchen, indoor-outdoor access and a garden complete with outdoor fireplace, several tranquil seating areas and raised beds. There is a fountain under the grape trellis! The master suite allows for complete privacy.  Attached two car garage with extra storage. Located near the Garfield Library and just a short distance to West Side shopping and restaurants. Near buslines to UCSC, downtown and the commuter buses to Silicon Valley. Just a short drive  to Chestnut Street to bypass Mission Street traffic and jump on Highway 17.
316 Wilkes CIR
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,718 SqFt
  • 0.093 Acres

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