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46 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

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Westside
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Last updated August 25 at 03:16pm
Westside
8 Units Available
The Hilltop Apartments
363 Western Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,700
657 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,870
821 sqft
The Hilltop Santa Cruz apartments are more than just a place to store your stuff- we're a thoughtfully designed community with you in mind.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:24pm
Westside
9 Units Available
Oceanview Apartments
222 Columbia St, Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,695
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,395
913 sqft
Beautiful location, close to Lighthouse Field State Beach and Woodrow Ave. Community has heated pool, barbecue courtyard, and sauna. Units feature granite counters, walk-in closets, and patio or balcony.
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Last updated August 25 at 03:16pm
Westside
5 Units Available
Cypress Point
101 Felix St, Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,760
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,845
771 sqft
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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Last updated August 25 at 12:40pm
Downtown Santa Cruz
1 Unit Available
1010 Pacific Apartments
1010 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,176
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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1010 Pacific Apartments offers sleek urban living in the heart of Santa Cruz, just moments from the boardwalk near Highway 1 and 17. Responding specifically to your needs, sophisticated designs feature one, two and three bedroom arrangements.
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Last updated August 25 at 12:41pm
12 Units Available
Five55 Pacific
555 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$2,460
440 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,835
609 sqft
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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Last updated August 25 at 12:40pm
Westside
1 Unit Available
Pacific Shores
1240 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,415
804 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Put yourself in the view at Pacific Shores. 1 & 2 bedroom apartments for rent in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA, bring the California dream to you with garden-style elegance set among the redwoods, sea cliffs, and rich culture of an iconic city.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
180 Dakota Unit R
180 Dakota Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
1050 sqft
180 Dakota Unit R Available 09/06/19 3 bedroom 1.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Westside
1 Unit Available
113 Quintana Court
113 Quintana Court, Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,300
1800 sqft
113 Quintana Court Available 09/01/19 Beautiful 3 bedroom - walk to beach! - Beautiful 1800sf home on Quintana Court with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths- only 0.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Eastside
1 Unit Available
160 Belmont Street, Unit C
160 Belmont Street, Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
1167 sqft
GREAT LOCATION, PEACEFUL SETTING!! 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH - This peaceful and serene townhouse is a must see. The main living is upstairs with natural light that feels like a treehouse.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Westside
1 Unit Available
102 Moore St
102 Moore Street, Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
2250 sqft
West Side Executive Home - Spacious Upscale remodeled home on Westside. Great for executives and professionals that want a touch of views without the traffic.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
151 Clay
151 Clay St, Santa Cruz, CA
4 Bedrooms
$5,150
151 Clay Available 09/01/19 Great Location all Santa Cruz - 4 Bedroom 2Bath house in great location close to downtown and Seabright area. New flooring, freshly painted ready for move in Aug 27th. Contact Carol 831-239-8970 for viewing.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Eastside
1 Unit Available
131 Woodcrest
131 Woodcrest Place, Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,350
1881 sqft
Rent Reduced ! Spacious 3/2.5 home in the Banana Belt neighborhood! - Terms: Up to one year lease ( with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant is responsible for Water, garbage and PGE.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Eastside
1 Unit Available
911 Windham Street
911 Windham Street, Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
Cute 2 Bd,1.5 Bath Seabright Duplex - Terms: Lease up to one year lease ( with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for PGE. Owner pays for Landscaping, Water and Garbage. Parking: Driveway and Street Parking as permitted.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Westside
1 Unit Available
408 Palm St
408 Palm Street, Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
940 sqft
West Side Santa Cruz Home - This is a single level 3 bedroom 1 bath house off of Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Close to UCSC. Washer & Dryer inside house. Carport. No pets. Contact Debbie Bennett @ 831 600-4335 or 831 685-8588. Co-Signors accepted.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
Westside
1 Unit Available
129 Archer Dr
129 Archer Drive, Santa Cruz, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
Overlooking Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay this home is behind a private gate shared with one neighbor, Ample parking in front of garage for 5+ cars, Large downstairs wraparound deck with planter boxes for your imagination.
Last updated August 25 at 07:21am
Westside
1 Unit Available
214 Sherman St
214 Sherman Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Studio
$3,000
500 sqft
Furnished Studio - Only $100 per day. $3000.00/mo. Studio/1 bath/W&D Elegance and simplicity is what you get in this modernly decorated studio apartment.
Last updated August 25 at 07:21am
Beach HIll
1 Unit Available
412 Cliff St
412 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,195
1455 sqft
Great condo close to the Beach, wharf and Boardwalk! Private garage so you don't have to worry about parking Peek at the ocean from your personal deck! Walking distance to downtown shopping, restaurants, and events Please contact Marty with ProEdge
Last updated August 25 at 07:21am
Eastside
1 Unit Available
149 Southampton Ln Unit A
149 Southampton Ln, Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,695
1375 sqft
Come see this home today! Just a shot distance to the upper harbor (walkable) and right across the street of a park. From the harbor you can take a nice walk to Twin Lakes Beach, Seabright beach, and Arana Gulch.
Results within 5 miles of Santa Cruz
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Last updated August 25 at 03:16pm
1 Unit Available
Landing at Capitola
3045 Capitola Rd, Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,775
960 sqft
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.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
1355 Prospect Avenue
1355 Prospect Avenue, Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1355 Prospect Avenue Available 09/25/19 Capitola 2Bd/1Ba with Ocean views! - Terms: One year lease ( with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for PGE, Billed by PPM Parking: One assigned garage space Laundry: Shared Laundry on
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
2104 Wharf Rd
2104 Wharf Road, Capitola, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,650
1311 sqft
2104 Wharf Rd Available 09/01/19 OPEN HOUSE 8/24 - 2-4pm Elegantly Updated 2 Bed/2.5 Bath End Unit Capitola Townhome - This is a place to call your HOME! Perfect combination of urban living, beach village and private nature getaway.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
4522 Wharf Rd A
4522 Soquel Wharf Road, Soquel, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,850
4522-A - Property Id: 138809 Home Apply at TurboTenant: http://turbo.rent/s/138809p Property Id 138809 (RLNE5061895)
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
6801 Cypress Gardens
6801 Cypress Gdns, Seacliff, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
1231 sqft
Location, Location !! - Close to Aptos State park beach and the all new Aptos shopping center. Nestled in the rear of the complex surrounded by mother nature. This unit was the builders unit which has special appointments.
Last updated August 25 at 10:21am
1 Unit Available
3439 Roland Dr.
3439 Roland Drive, Pleasure Point, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
1000 sqft
RENT REDUCED!! 3Bd/1Ba duplex in Pleasure Point ! - Terms: Up to one year lease ( with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for PG&E, Owner pays Water & Garbage Parking: 2 Car garage,shared driveway with neighbor, and street parking

Average Rent in Santa Cruz

Last updated Aug. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz is $1,845, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,453.
Studio
$1,556
1 Bed
$1,845
2 Beds
$2,453
3+ Beds
$3,254
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 ...

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 2019 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 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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August 2019 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 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.

Santa Cruz rents increase sharply over the past month

Santa Cruz rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and are up marginally by 0.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Cruz stand at $1,836 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,440 for a two-bedroom. Santa Cruz's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across cities in California

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Santa Cruz, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,126; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Oakland, where a two-bedroom goes for $2,236, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.3%).
    • Fresno, San Jose, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (1.7%, 1.5%, and 1.5%, respectively).

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Santa Cruz

    As rents have increased marginally in Santa Cruz, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Santa Cruz is less affordable for renters.

    • Santa Cruz's median two-bedroom rent of $2,440 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 0.9% rise in Santa Cruz.
    • While Santa Cruz's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Dallas (+2.1%), and New York (+1.8%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Cruz than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $897, where Santa Cruz is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

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