Top 3 Santa Cruz Neighborhoods for Growing Families

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 2:39pm.

Top 3 Santa Cruz Neighborhoods for Growing Families

Santa Cruz is home to an impeccable public school system and a highly rated health care system to boot, making it an ideal location for family life. Before you embark on your real estate search in Santa Cruz, check out this list of Santa Cruz neighborhoods for growing families - and gain insight on the best communities to suit your family's needs.

Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley is currently experiencing rapid development in regards to new construction homes and retail opportunities. Located just 6 miles from the iconic beaches of Santa Cruz, and 30 minutes from San Jose’s Silicon Valley, this family-oriented neighborhood offers a substantial assortment of single-family homes to discover.

Young families are especially attracted to Scotts Valley family homes due to their lavish appearance, while maintaining lower prices than other Santa Cruz neighborhoods for growing families. Indeed, with homes for sale for as little as $345,000, Scotts Valley is easily one of the most affordable Santa Cruz neighborhoods for growing families.

Ample lots, freshened up mid-century moderns, and brand new construction homes are all characteristic of gorgeous Scotts Valley neighborhoods. Homes in this area often include extra amenities like pools and tennis courts, and are bordered by gorgeous redwood cedars and infamous water bodies like Bean Creek, Carbonera Creek, Mackenzie Creek, and the San Lorenzo River.

West Santa Cruz

West Santa Cruz family homes are extremely variable in price and property style, ranging from luxury properties with spacious lots to condominiums and townhouses. Whether you’re interested in beachside family life, or elevation with a view, the Westside neighborhood has it all, making it quite accessible for homebuyers of differing needs and preferences.

Home to the nationally revered Pacific Collegiate School, West Santa Cruz is a fantastic neighborhood for growing families. A charter school serving grades 7-12, Pacific Collegiate School was recently ranked #1 public high school in the state and in the top 10 nationwide.

The Upper West portion of the community is very close to University of California, Santa Cruz campus and features quaint ranch-style homes, as well as charming period homes from the 1900s. In contrast, the Lower Westside of Santa Cruz is amazingly scenic, encompassing a number of popular beaches and off-leash parks.


Speaking of scenic beauty, Aptos is known for its unparalleled landscape, blending towering redwoods with the glistening Pacific Ocean and its well-known surf spots along the shore. Families often choose real estate in the Aptos area due to its combination of community-orientation, variety of real estate, and stunning natural environment - making it a great choice of neighborhood for growing families.

While perhaps on the more expensive side, family homes in the Aptos Hills are often nestled privately in lush forests, complete with gated driveways and rural architecture, boasting an ideal mixture of luxury and seclusion. Other subcommunities of Aptos, like Seacliff and Rio Del Mar, include beautiful beachfront and ocean view properties.

Regardless of subcommunity, Aptos homes are situated close to an array of top-rated public schools, including:

    • Main Street Elementary School
    • Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School
    • Rio Del Mar Elementary School
    • New Brighton Middle School
    • Aptos High School

Is your family ready to make the move to a Santa Cruz neighborhood? Register with Lauren Spencer today to get started with your home search!

About Lauren Spencer

Award-Winning Santa Cruz REALTOR®

Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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