Santa Cruz Communities

The real estate market in Santa Cruz County is diverse and varied, from small beach towns to rural communities in the mountains. Here you’ll find a combination of homes for sale, from gorgeous beachfront homes, to ocean view estates atop bluffs, and even expansive country estates and ranches on acreage within the Santa Cruz foothills. Whether you’re looking for a luxury oceanfront property in Seabright, Santa Cruz, a beach bungalow in Seacliff, Aptos, or a rural retreat in Scotts Valley, we’re here to help you find your dream home.

Read more about these beautiful East Santa Cruz communities or choose from our menu below, and browse the wide selection of homes for sale in the area. Don’t forget to register with Lauren Spencer to unlock custom search privileges and to receive email updates when new homes enter the market.

Classic Beach Community

Santa Cruz

A classic beach community stretching from the sea to the redwoods and featuring a boardwalk and university.

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Capitola by the Sea

Capitola

Idyllic coastal community with the charm of a Mediterranean village, this seaside community reminiscent of a Mediterr…

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Commute to Silicon Valley

Scotts Valley

Framed by the Santa Cruz Mountains, Scotts Valley offers a warmer climate, just 5 miles inland from Santa Cruz.

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Historic and Charming

APTOS

Characterized by the towering Redwoods of Nisene Marks Park, the historic and charming Aptos Village, miles of beache…

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Apple Orchards & Vineyards

Corralitos

The small town of Corralitos is tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and features large lots and lovely views.

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Small Beach Community

La Selva Beach

Popular coastal activities in La Selva Beach, include swimming and sunbathing, beachcombing, clamming, and surf fishing.

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Redwood Forest

San Lorenzo Valley

A diverse mix of neighborhoods is found here with attractive homes boasting fabulous views.

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Old World Village

Soquel

Immerse yourself in Soquel's old-world village featuring antique shops, coffeehouses and wineries.

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Rural Living

Watsonville

Located in a beautiful valley, this community is a bustling agricultural hub with coveted equestrian properties.

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Country Views of the Bay

Aptos Hills

Aptos Hills commands fabulous views of the ocean and Monterey Bay

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Tranquil rural community

Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon is a tranquil mountain community known for its towering Redwoods, productive vineyards, and unaltered countryside.

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Charming seaside resort

Capitola Village

A charming seaside resort community featuring a beachfront esplanade, distinct shops, and delicious restaurants

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High Quality Life

Cliffwood Heights

A traditional neighborhood with a high-quality of life close to popular points of interest

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Quaint Coastal Community

Davenport

A quaint coastal community nestled amongst untouched natural surroundings, farmland, and the sea.

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Coveted and Charming

Depot Hill

These homes are situated on the bluff overlooking Capitola Village, and feature expansive ocean views

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Banana Belt

East Santa Cruz

Warmer weather, spacious lots, wider streets, and convenient access to the freeway.

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A local gem

Jewel Box

An assortment of historic cottages & modern houses with streets named after precious stones.

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Surfing at Pleasure Point

Live Oak

Live Oak community stretches along the coastline & includes the picturesque choice surf spot, Pleasure Point.

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Loch Lomond Reservoir

Lompico

This community is found east of the Felton area near Loch Lomond Reservoir, and homes are found within the Redwood forest.

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Pot Belly & Las Olas Beaches

New Brighton

This on the sand & bluff-top neighborhood community featuring scenic views of New Brighton State Park.

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beautiful coastal community

Rio Del Mar

Often compared to Carmel by the Sea, it features world-class golf and attractive streets lined with Cypress trees.

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Exclusive Neighborhood

Seabright

Charming, upscale California beach bungalows to spectacular ocean view estates situated on the bluffs of Santa Cruz.

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Seacliff State Beach

Seacliff

This is a popular vacation community, located on top of the bluffs overlooking the ocean.

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Seascape Golf Resort

Seascape

This residential neighborhood surround the Seascape Golf Course & Resort.

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Scenic Pedestrian Pathways

West Santa Cruz

Homes in West Santa Cruz neighborhoods vary widely in price and property style.

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a pocket of paradise

Zayante

Zayante is a pocket of paradise located in the San Lorenzo Valley area of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Below is a quick overview of some of our favorite areas. If you'd like a tour of any of the communities below, please don't hesitate to call Lauren Spencer at 1-800-226-4717.

Santa Cruz County Cities & Communities

Aptos- The community of Aptos is characterized by the towering Redwoods of Nisene Marks Park, the historic and charming Aptos Village, and the desirable neighborhood of Meadow Ranch.

Bonny Doon- With proud Scottish roots, the rural community of Bonny Doon is found in the hills, just west of Santa Cruz.

Capitola- Capitola by the Sea is an idyllic coastal community with the charm of a Mediterranean village full of restaurants, bakeries, shops, and artist galleries.

Corralitos- The small town of Corralitos is tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and features large lots and lovely views.

Davenport- This quaint oceanside town is surrounded by beautiful greenspaces and farmland, just 15 minutes from Santa Cruz.

La Selva Beach- This coveted area features expansive sandy beaches, gated communities, and a quaint main street village.

Live Oak- The oceanfront Live Oak neighborhood stretches along the Santa Cruz coastline from the yacht harbor to the exclusive Opal Cliffs neighborhood.

Lompico-Zayante- This community is found east of the Felton area near Loch Lomond Reservoir, and homes are found within the Redwood forest.

Rio Del Mar & Seascape- These residential neighborhoods surround the Seascape Golf Course & Resort. Here you'll find some of the most desirable homes in the county.

San Lorenzo Valley- A diverse mix of neighborhoods is found here with attractive homes boasting fabulous views.

Santa Cruz- A classic beach community stretching from the sea to the redwoods and featuring a boardwalk and university.

Scotts Valley- Framed by the Santa Cruz Mountains, Scotts Valley offers a warmer climate, just 5 miles inland from Santa Cruz.

Seacliff- This is a popular vacation community, located on top of the bluffs. The beach is just a short walk away.

Soquel- Immerse yourself in Soquel's old-world village featuring antique shops, coffeehouses and wineries.

Watsonville- Located in a beautiful valley, this community is a bustling agricultural hub with coveted equestrian properties.

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