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Santa Cruz

Expansive beaches. Surf culture. Boardwalk thrills. University life. Majestic redwoods. Eclectic downtown.


Find Your Perfect Neighborhood + Homes for Sale in Santa Cruz

Expansive beaches. Surf culture. Boardwalk thrills. University life. Majestic redwoods. Eclectic downtown. There isn’t just one scene that represents what it’s like to live in the city of Santa Cruz, one of California’s most sought-after real estate markets. From oceanside to mountain tops, each of the Santa Cruz neighborhoods has a distinct flavor.


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Lower West Side

One of our favorite spots on the Lower West Side is the scenic walking and biking path along West Cliff Drive with epic views of Monterey Bay. The path ends at the breathtaking Natural Bridges State Beach, where you might catch sight of migrating monarchs in surrounding eucalyptus trees. Single-family homes dominate this neighborhood, which is conveniently close – but not too close – to the boardwalk and main Santa Cruz beach, Lighthouse Point, and downtown. Buyers lucky enough to find a Santa Cruz home for sale on West Cliff Drive enjoy panoramic ocean views and stunning sunsets. Locals especially love romping with their pups at Its Beach (which locals rightfully call “Dog Beach”) and watching surfers ride the waves at famous Steamer Lane below the lighthouse.

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is where you’ll find UC Santa Cruz, a.k.a. the “City on a Hill.” Just outside the university is a neighborhood mix of detached single-family homes, condos, and student apartments. We love the diverse architecture of ranchers, Victorians, Craftsmans, and hillside homes with sweeping city and coastal views. Residents enjoy easy access to Highway 1 and the Pogonip Open Space Preserve, which has 640 acres of open meadows, woodlands, creeks, and trails.

Downtown Santa Cruz

Downtown is the vibrant center of Santa Cruz life. Stroll out your door to bookshops, restaurants, live music venues, shopping, and so much more. Our favorite residential streets are lined with historic Victorians and Craftsman homes. Downtown Santa Cruz has a suburban/urban vibe, depending on how close you live to the downtown outdoor shopping district, the Pacific Garden Mall.


This coveted east Santa Cruz neighborhood sits between the San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Seabright’s residential streets are filled with cute cottages, updated bungalows, and newer estates that are steps from Seabright Beach, cafés, breweries, nightlife, and more. For a fun family stroll in lower Seabright, walk across the old railroad trestle bridge to the historic Santa Cruz boardwalk or the river walkway.

Twin Lakes

Next to Seabright is the Twin Lakes neighborhood. If you want a home that’s steps from a long sandy beach, picturesque harbor, and choice restaurants, then Twin Lakes is the best east Santa Cruz neighborhood for you. You’ll find quintessential beach bungalows and custom-built beauties with views of the ocean or peaceful Schwan Lagoon, which is surrounded by eucalyptus and home to graceful egrets and other waterfowl. Our perfect Twin Lakes day starts with a morning jolt from Verve Coffee Roasters and ends with a relaxing sunset dinner at The Crow’s Nest overlooking the yacht harbor.
Of course, there are many more Santa Cruz neighborhoods and micro-communities to explore. If you want to see your options or find homes for sale in Santa Cruz, please reach us anytime!

Overview for Santa Cruz, CA

62,714 people live in Santa Cruz, where the median age is 29 and the average individual income is $46,720. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz has 22,067 households, with an average household size of 2.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Cruz do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,714 people call Santa Cruz home. The population density is 4,922.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Cruz. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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