26 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

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Starting at $2,410
Updated 4 hrs ago
Chestnut Street
143 Chestnut St
Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,410
2 Bedrooms
$3,336
An incredible community near shopping centers and restaurants. On-site amenities include a picnic area, pool area and green space. Close to Neary Lagoon Park for walking trails. Apartments are spacious with large windows.
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Starting at $2,213
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Cypress Point
101 Felix St
Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$2,213
1 Bedroom
$2,307
2 Bedrooms
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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 $2,425
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Five55 Pacific
555 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$2,425
1 Bedroom
$2,915
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 $2,700
Updated 4 hrs ago
130 Canfield Ave #C
130 Canfield Ave #C
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
Starting at $3,800
Updated 4 days ago
114 Colorado St.
114 Colorado St.
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
Starting at $3,500
Updated 5 days ago
403 12th AVE
403 12th AVE
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
Starting at $3,250
Updated 5 days ago
401 12th AVE 401
401 12th AVE 401
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,250
Starting at $4,100
Updated 6 days ago
233 4th Ave
233 4th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,100
Starting at $4,000
Updated 7 days ago
208 Castillion Terrace
208 Castillion Terrace
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
Starting at $6,500
Updated 10 days ago
135 Liberty Street
135 Liberty Street
Santa Cruz, CA
5 Bedrooms
$6,500
Starting at $1,950
Updated 12 days ago
302 Hanover St
302 Hanover St
Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,950
Starting at $3,200
Updated 14 days ago
353 Baker St.
353 Baker St.
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
Starting at $3,000
Updated 15 days ago
228 Everson Dr
228 Everson Dr
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
Starting at $3,750
Updated 25 days ago
3160 Stanley
3160 Stanley
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,750
Starting at $6,500
Updated 1 month ago
242 4th Ave
242 4th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
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Starting at $2,802
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Landing at Capitola
3045 Capitola Rd
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,802
3 Bedrooms
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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 $1,800
Updated 4 hrs ago
494 Riverview
494 Riverview
Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
Starting at $2,400
Updated 11 days ago
264 Gulch Rd.
264 Gulch Rd.
Felton, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
Starting at $4,800
Updated 20 days ago
506 Lockewood Lane
506 Lockewood Lane
Scotts Valley, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,800
Starting at $5,400
Updated 5 days ago
25280 TERRACE GROVE RD
25280 TERRACE GROVE RD
Los Gatos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$5,400
Starting at $3,995
Updated 6 days ago
431 Palmer Ave
431 Palmer Ave
Aptos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,995
Starting at $1,800
Updated 6 days ago
256 Center Ave.
256 Center Ave.
Aptos, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,800
Starting at $3,400
Updated 6 days ago
3167 W. Ledyard Way
3167 W. Ledyard Way
Aptos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
Starting at $3,500
Updated 7 days ago
103 Santa Clara Ave
103 Santa Clara Ave
Aptos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,500

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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.

June 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the June 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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