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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
This stunning oceanfront 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. Major $500K+ Price Reduction!
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, John 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
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. 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
JUST REDUCED ... A $500,000 PRICE REDUCTION ..! 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, ALSO REDUCED $500,000 to $1,499,000 (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
A new home should enable a new lifestyle; 346 & 348 John st offers Santa Cruz living at its BEST! Completely remodeled and beautifully 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, natural lighting throughout, a fully permitted guest house, and heavy-duty IT for those looking to work remotely. Three blocks from the world-class surfing and beaches of Westcliff Dr, and with Wilder Ranch State Park (home of incredible hiking/biking trails) just a mile down the road, this property is in the middle of the best recreation Santa Cruz has to offer. Tons of space for your bikes, surfboards, and other toys in the detached garage. Some of Santa Cruz's favorite restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops are around the corner including Bantam, Verve Coffee, and Humble Sea Brewery. Pacific Collegiate School (ranked #4 in the state) is within walking distance.
346 & 348 John ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,941 SqFt
  • 0.160 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
Top floor luxury condominium with sweeping ocean views. Take the elevator or open stairway and arrive at this elegant single level home. The panorama is inspiring. Truly a special place with high ceilings, lots of natural light, and a generous open floor plan. Some of the many added features include organic wool carpet, exquisite American clay wall finishes, custom cherry cabinets throughout, a Viking 6 burner stove, a wine refrigerator, tankless water heater and beautiful Italian tile floors. The master bedroom suite, with a walk in closet, looks out to the ever inspiring Bird Rock. The three panel sliding doors open to the expansive terrace, ideal for entertaining. Watch the moon rise over sparkling Monterey Bay. Nature puts on her show all along West Cliff Drive, you are just steps to all the wonder and beauty of our coast.
890 W Cliff DR 18
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,482 SqFt
  • 0.027 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
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
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.
880 W Cliff DR 12
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,242 SqFt
  • 0.689 Acres
Enjoy the lifestyle of the West Side, steps from the ocean, beaches, surfing, Lighthouse Field, and West Cliff. This bright, flowing, spacious eco-friendly paradise celebrates indoor/outdoor living. Open, chef-friendly kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Newly remodeled living room with large sliding glass doors that bring the outside in, opening up to a beautifully landscaped and resort-like backyard. Enjoy and relax under lush gorgeous trees in the large hot tub, outdoor shower, and dining patio. Very large, private master suite with walk-in closet and jetted tub. Ocean view from one bedroom upstairs. Downstairs bedroom and full bath great for guests. Indoor laundry room. Big 2 car garage. Solar panels (owned), Monterey Bay Friendly landscaping, and electric car charging station. Rarely available opportunity in this truly special location close to hiking, parks, restaurants, and coffee. Wont last long. Come enjoy Santa Cruz ocean living at its best.
806 Pelton AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,244 SqFt
OPEN Sat 8/24 12-3pm. 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
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
Get ready to do your 'HAPPY DANCE' as you visit this beautiful ONE LEVEL home in desirable West Side location that is walking distance to everything such as: UCSC .4 miles, Main Beach 1.8 miles, Beach Boardwalk 2.9 miles. This home has been extensively upgraded and well cared for with amenities such as all new interior paint, beautiful hardwood floors, wood-beam ceilings and beautifully updated main bathroom! All bedrooms are spacious with plenty of closet space. The large living-room has a fireplace and plenty of space for the largest furniture or gathering. The family-dining area is also spacious with large sliding glass door that leads to the great outdoors as this home sits on a 1/4 acre lot with plenty of opportunity for gardening or lounging, or even those BIG BACK YARD BBQ's in your rear patio! Plenty of windows and natural light bring the outside in. Just a gem as sellers have spent a lot of time and money getting it ready for the next buyers, you will not be disappointed!
935 High ST
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,090 SqFt
  • 0.246 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
Awesome opportunity to have it your way in an A+ location. Single level cosmetic fixer with large sunny south facing backyard. Very functional layout, 2 car garage plus detached office and shed. Also includes RV hookups, hot tub and chicken coop. Within blocks of world class surf, West Cliff, Bantam, Verve Coffee, Kelly's Bakery, wineries, breweries and Gateway School. Don't miss this diamond in the rough!
415 Plateau AVE
SANTA CRUZ, California
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,214 SqFt
  • 0.143 Acres

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