Banana Belt

East Santa Cruz

Life in East Santa Cruz means warmer weather, spacious lots, wider streets, and convenient access to the freeway. Starting from the San Lorenzo River, covering the entire east portion of the city, and extending all the way into Live Oak, East Santa Cruz offers a wonderful mix of residential, seaside, and rural properties for sale. Read more about East Santa Cruz homes for sale.

Coastline in Eastside Santa Cruz, CA

East Santa Cruz Home Stats

Average Home Price $1.8M
Lowest Priced Home $750K
Highest Listing Price $8.5M
Total Property Listings 42
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.1K

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Eastside Santa Cruz Homes For Sale

The Eastside Santa Cruz real estate market is divided between the Upper and Lower East Side communities, each with distinct neighborhoods and property types.

Those interested in beachside bungalows and stately Victorian homes will prefer the lower Eastside's Seabright neighborhood, while East Santa Cruz home buyers seeking more spacious lots, wider streets, and convenient access to the freeway will want to explore the real estate in Upper East Side.

Interested in learning more about Eastside Santa Cruz, California real estate? Contact us online or call 1-831-345-0338 for more information about buying and selling a home on the Eastside and other communities in the Santa Cruz area.

Lower East Santa Cruz Homes

Do you love beachside culture? Homes in the Lower Eastside Santa Cruz real estate market belong to a number of Santa Cruz's most coveted waterfront neighborhoods. Seabright, for example, is a desirable community part of the Lower East Santa Cruz area, located between the San Lorenzo River and the picturesque Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.

This area is home to the sandy shores of the pristine Seabright Beach Beach as well, consistently voted “best beach." The Seabright real estate market is characterized by craftsman bungalows near a plethora of restaurants, shops, and breweries, making it an idyllic beach neighborhood.

Upper East Santa Cruz Homes

The Upper East Side of Santa Cruz is fondly known as “the banana belt” by locals, who love the area’s warm climate. Homes in this part of the city vary in price and style, which means there is something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for a maintenance-free condominium or an expansive single-family home on a large property.

There's so much to do around Santa Cruz! Check out our blog post on some of the coolest clubs you can join in the area (for all ages)! 

How can such a small community vary so much in temperature? Upper Eastside homes aren't exposed to the cooling ocean breezes so much as the homes in Lower Eastside, which actually can result in as much as a 10 degree difference between the two communities. 

Do you commute to work every day? Homes in Upper Eastside real estate are conveniently located off of the Cabrillo Highway making it easy to get to where you need to go faster and with much less stress. And with Water Street and Soquel Street just below the community, you never have to travel far to get to your favorite grocery markets and local boutiques. 

FAQs About East Side Santa Cruz

Q: Is East Side Santa Cruz walkable?
A: While there are definitely walkable areas with shops and restaurants, those who wish to travel and explore far are encouraged to take part in the city's extensive bike rental services or public transport.

Q: What are some must-see sites in East Side Santa Cruz?
A: East Side Santa Cruz is home to some wonderful attractions, including the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the Rio Theatre, Seabright Beach, and The Mystery Spot.

Q: Is East Side Santa Cruz a nice place to live?
A: Yes! Residents of East Side Santa Cruz enjoy beautiful weather, excellent beaches, and the big city lifestyle. 

Contact Santa Cruz real estate agent Lauren Spencer to learn more about the real estate market in this area. This local expert was voted Santa Cruz’s Best Realtor® in 2012!

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