28 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

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Starting at $2,525
Updated 3 hrs ago
Five55 Pacific
555 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$2,525
1 Bedroom
$2,905
Located near Crabtree Mall, NC State University and Cary Towne Center. Units with fireplaces, carpeting, private patios/balconies, and kitchen appliances. Tennis court and outdoor pool for residents.
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Starting at $2,950
Updated 6 hrs ago
The Hilltop Apartments
363 Western Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,950
2 Bedrooms
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Starting at $1,961
Updated 6 hrs ago
Cypress Point
101 Felix St
Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$1,961
1 Bedroom
$2,200
2 Bedrooms
$2,722
Luxury living within walking distance of Neary Lagoon Park and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Covered parking, outdoor BBQ and courtyard facilities, and a well-equipped fitness center.
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Starting at $2,450
Updated 23 hrs ago
1320 Broadway
1320 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
Starting at $2,975
Updated 23 hrs ago
3216 Stockridge
3216 Stockridge
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,975
Starting at $3,850
Updated 23 hrs ago
147 Belmont St.
147 Belmont St.
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,850
Starting at $2,100
Updated 2 days ago
435 6th Ave
435 6th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,100
Starting at $3,925
Updated 8 days ago
445 6th Ave
445 6th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,925
Starting at $3,400
Updated 9 days ago
403 12th AVE
403 12th AVE
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
Starting at $3,400
Updated 9 days ago
2570 Valerie Ct.
2570 Valerie Ct.
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
Starting at $4,500
Updated 15 days ago
592 Redwood Dr
592 Redwood Dr
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
Starting at $3,100
Updated 1 month ago
401 12th AVE 401
401 12th AVE 401
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
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Starting at $2,781
Updated 6 hrs ago
Landing at Capitola
3045 Capitola Rd
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,781
3 Bedrooms
$3,708
Well-appointed homes with gourmet kitchens and high-speed internet access. Lots of community offerings, including assigned parking and on-site laundry. Near Capitola Mall, Capitola Beach and Jade Street Park.
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Starting at $2,100
Updated 8 hrs ago
1925 46th Ave
1925 46th Ave
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
Starting at $2,750
Updated 23 hrs ago
3090 Aguazul
3090 Aguazul
Soquel, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,750
Starting at $3,000
Updated 2 days ago
420 Noteware Dr
420 Noteware Dr
Ben Lomond, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
Starting at $5,000
Updated 2 days ago
355 Lagunita Drive
355 Lagunita Drive
Soquel, CA
3 Bedrooms
$5,000
Starting at $3,250
Updated 3 days ago
203 Bean Creek Rd Unit A
203 Bean Creek Rd Unit A
Scotts Valley, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,250
Starting at $2,800
Updated 14 days ago
611 Oak Drive
611 Oak Drive
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
Starting at $2,800
Updated 15 days ago
495 Riverview Dr
495 Riverview Dr
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
Starting at $2,300
Updated 1 month ago
926 Ponselle Lane #1
926 Ponselle Lane #1
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
Starting at $4,000
Updated 23 hrs ago
17240 LAUREL RD
17240 LAUREL RD
Los Gatos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
Starting at $4,500
Updated 23 hrs ago
25280 TERRACE GROVE RD
25280 TERRACE GROVE RD
Los Gatos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
Starting at $3,100
Updated 2 days ago
452 Semple Drive
452 Semple Drive
Aptos, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,100

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City GuideSanta Cruz

Situated on the edge of Monterey Bay and known for its beach houses, boardwalk amusement park, laidback vibe and redwoods, Santa Cruz is certainly an appealing draw for beach bums, hippies, and nature lovers looking to settle down. “Surf City”, as it’s known to some, is home to a college campus (UCSC, which is also the city’s largest employer) and has a youthful and very liberal vibe to it. Nope, there’s nothing conservative or buttoned-up about this seaside town. Expect to meet people from all walks of life and those that consider their surfboard an extra appendage. Your downtime as a Santa Cruz resident will most likely involve a lot of water sports, lighthouse admiring, historic touring, green space dwelling, and peaceful reading in the great outdoors.

Of course, there will be times when you need to head on in, rest your head and make yourself at home. Where you do that is entirely up to you, but here are some helpful tips to renting an apartment in él Santa Cruz.

Downtown

Downtown Santa Cruz is a hotspot for many reasons. The old Spanish architecture mixed with newly constructed apartments make for an eye-pleasing abode and the views of downtown, hillside and the beach are an added bonus. Living down here also means proximity to the highway, culture and history, UCSU campus and the beach. The tree-lined streets, public transit options and active neighborhood are added perks.

Beach

Another coveted area in Santa Cruz is, big surprise here, down by the beach. Nearby Lagoon (or the area close to Pacific Ave. and Depot Park) is sought after for its closeness to the wharf, boardwalk and beachy-keen way of life. Minutes from downtown, bursting with independently owned boutiques/shops and restaurants, residents relish their home in this ‘hood. Where else can you wake up and watch morning surfers with a cup of coffee in hand from the comfort of your very own home? The homes here are typically two to three bedrooms, often bungalows, but sometimes large two story dwellings. Apartments lovers here can choose between townhomes or basic apartments, featuring pet parks, picnic areas and sometimes even a picket fence.

West Side

The areas of Seabright Ave. and the west side (near the beach and the highway) are also great options. Featuring bungalows, good schools and walkability to entertainment, these areas are bit more single-family home than apartment living but are excellent choices.

One last mention about surfing

No matter where you choose to hang your surfboard in this city (there ya' go), odds are you will be very happy you did. The residents are as go-with-the-flow as the weather and the living is easy. Good luck finding your own inner-cool (and your new home) in Santa Cruz.

August 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report. Santa Cruz rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Santa Cruz rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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