Classic Beach Community

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz real estate is found in an idyllic beach community with a small-town feel and diverse population. Nestled amongst miles of pristine beaches, rolling hills, towering redwood trees, and strawberry fields, this community sets the scene for an extraordinary lifestyle.

Aerial view of Santa Cruz real estate

Santa Cruz Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $1.8M
Lowest Priced Home $295K
Highest Listing Price $32M
Total Property Listings 393
Avg. Price/SQFT $896

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5515 Coast Rd, SANTA CRUZ

$10,000,000

5515 Coast Rd, SANTA CRUZ

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,621 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81890448

Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty 650-465-2180MLSListings Inc Logo

1148 E Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

$8,450,000

1148 E Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

0 Beds 0 Baths 4,696 SqFt Multi-Residential MLS® # ML81903815

Sotheby's Int'l Realty-Capitola 831-251-1985MLSListings Inc Logo

1148 E Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

$8,450,000

1148 E Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

6 Beds 4 Baths 4,696 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81904444

Sotheby's Int'l Realty-Capitola 831-251-1985MLSListings Inc Logo

5000 Paul Sweet Rd, SANTA CRUZ

$8,400,000

5000 Paul Sweet Rd, SANTA CRUZ

3 Beds 5 Baths 3,945 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81889943

Bailey Properties 831-901-2856MLSListings Inc Logo

1151 Scholl Ln, SANTA CRUZ

$6,995,000

↓ $505,000

1151 Scholl Ln, SANTA CRUZ

4 Beds 6 Baths 5,228 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81890319

Coldwell Banker Realty 831-214-1990MLSListings Inc Logo

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120 Gharkey St, SANTA CRUZ

$6,392,000

120 Gharkey St, SANTA CRUZ

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,849 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81909505

Pacaso Inc 831-309-9097MLSListings Inc Logo

113 Ocean View Ave, SANTA CRUZ

$6,250,000

↓ $745,000

113 Ocean View Ave, SANTA CRUZ

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,562 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81883790

Compass 408-218-7967MLSListings Inc Logo

225-241 7th Ave, SANTA CRUZ

$5,399,000

225-241 7th Ave, SANTA CRUZ

0 Beds 0 Baths 9,739 SqFt Multi-Residential MLS® # ML81908764

Compass 831-345-9258MLSListings Inc Logo

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225-241 7th Ave, SANTA CRUZ

$5,399,000

225-241 7th Ave, SANTA CRUZ

15 Beds 13 Baths 9,739 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81909073

Compass 831-345-9258MLSListings Inc Logo

1212 W Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

$5,295,000

↓ $300,000

1212 W Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,175 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81889930

eXp Realty of California Inc. 408-505-0708MLSListings Inc Logo

320 California St, SANTA CRUZ

$4,850,000

↓ $250,000

320 California St, SANTA CRUZ

0 Beds 0 Baths 5,217 SqFt Multi-Residential MLS® # ML81897915

eXp Realty of California Inc. 831-239-9002MLSListings Inc Logo

4125 Opal Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

$4,495,000

↓ $355,000

4125 Opal Cliff Dr, SANTA CRUZ

3 Beds 4 Baths 2,028 SqFt Single Family Residential MLS® # ML81897015

OASIS PROPERTIES 831-588-8558MLSListings Inc Logo

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About Santa Cruz Homes for Sale

Santa Cruz homes for sale come in a variety of property types, styles and price ranges. Here you’ll find charming turn-of-the-century heritage houses, ranch-style homes, beachside bungalows, and spectacular luxury properties.


Many properties command stunning ocean views and are located just steps away from the beach and amenities. For students and busy professionals seeking a maintenance-free lifestyle, there are also townhomes and condos in downtown Santa Cruz to consider.


The Santa Cruz real estate market has been one of the hottest markets in the country over the past few years, and for good reason!


It's just a short commute to the state's tech hubs, has some of the greatest variety of outdoor recreation in the country, and it offers some of the best surfing in the world.


In a recent wellness study done by Gallup-Healthways, they found that Santa Cruz residents learn or do something interesting every single day, a trait found in many of the nation's top ranking cities.



Housing prices in Santa Cruz have been gradually increasing in recent years. For first-time homebuyers and those who are looking to retire in something a little smaller, the lower end of the market contains a mix of condos and townhomes that are often bright, airy, and close to everyday amenities.


On the other end of the spectrum you'll find multi-million dollar custom homes with vies of the hillside or Pacific Ocean.


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

Amenities Near Santa Cruz Homes

Owners of Santa Cruz homes are just moments from everything this popular oceanside community has to offer! For those seeking some retail therapy, the downtown area of Pacific Avenue is must-visit.


This area includes many shops, and is a gathering place for the Santa Cruz cultural scene; while you stroll the avenue, you may just catch a concert, or impromptu dance demonstration.


Be sure to check out the Cabrillo Music Festival, or enjoy a performance by the Santa Cruz Symphony.


The Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market runs year-round, and this community is also home to various museums.


For the quintessential beach town experience, head to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and visit its many shops, attractions, and theme park. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to take a ride on the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster.


With a pleasant year-round climate and beautiful natural environment, a multitude of recreational activities await you.


With almost 30 miles of beaches and 14 state parks, this is an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca. There are also a number of small neighborhood parks and public beaches perfect for sun bathing, beachcombing, swimming, surfing and picnicking.


Kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking are popular activities of the locals, along with hitting the links at the local golf courses.

Surfing in Santa Cruz

For some of the best surfing in the world, look no further than Santa Cruz, California. With over 11 renowned surf breaks, these local beaches are known for having the best waves on the West Coast.


This city also houses the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and plays host to plenty of exciting international surf competitions throughout the year.


If you're looking for a home near the beach, check out this blog post about the 4 best places to live in Santa Cruz if you love to surf!

FAQs About Santa Cruz

Q: Is Santa Cruz good for families?
A: With plenty of highly-rated schools, as well as parks, beaches, museums and other kid-friendly activities, Santa Cruz is a popular destination for many families to settle down and raise children. 

Q: What is Santa Cruz best known for?
A: Santa Cruz is known for plenty, but it's probably best known for its surfing culture, with plenty of shoreline and some incredible off-shore breaks. 

Q: How many beaches are there in Santa Cruz?
A: Santa Crus is home to nearly 35 beaches, many of which vary quite a bit from each other, so you'll have plenty of time to explore and find out which one is your favourite. 

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Check out the video below to see for yourself all the great reasons to make Santa Cruz your home!

If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate in Santa Cruz, CA, please contact Lauren Spencer, who will be happy to assist you in any way.

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