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300 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

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Last updated January 23 at 8:52pm UTC
147 Belmont St.
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 20 at 11:23am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1710 Foster Court
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 11 at 11:55am UTC
3 Bedrooms
148 Campbell St
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 5 at 10:54am UTC
2 Bedrooms
242 4th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 9 at 1:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1901 Portola Dr
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 23 at 2:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
403 12th AVE
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 3 at 11:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
221 First Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 23 at 12:39pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
860 24th Ave.
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:13pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
755 14th Ave #607
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:06pm UTC
1 Bedroom
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233 Wixon Ave
Aptos, CA
Updated January 20 at 1:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
202 Spreckles Drive
Aptos, CA
Updated January 20 at 11:17am UTC
3 Bedrooms
878 Lost Acre Dr
Felton, CA
Updated January 20 at 1:45am UTC
5 Bedrooms
164 Silverwood Drive
Scotts Valley
Scotts Valley, CA
Updated January 20 at 11:15am UTC
4 Bedrooms
1460 42nd Ave
Capitola, CA
Updated January 23 at 2:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
4381 Lucy Way
Soquel, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:05pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
870 Park Avenue
Capitola, CA
Updated January 20 at 11:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1405 Prospect Ave
Capitola, CA
Updated January 20 at 1:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
17th Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated January 18 at 8:54am UTC
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City Guide
Santa Cruz

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.


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.

Rent Report
Santa Cruz

January 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report. Santa Cruz rents declined 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 declined marginally over the past month

Santa Cruz rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 3.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Santa Cruz stand at $1,820 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,420 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in October. Santa Cruz's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.3%, but exceeds the national average of 2.8%.

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 4.3% 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 $3,010; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Oakland, where a two-bedroom goes for $2,140, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-14.2%).
  • Sacramento, Fresno, and Los Angeles have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (9.3%, 5.6%, and 5.4%, respectively).

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

As rents have increased moderately in Santa Cruz, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Santa Cruz is less affordable for renters.

  • Santa Cruz's median two-bedroom rent of $2,420 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 3.3% increase in Santa Cruz.
  • While Santa Cruz's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Santa Cruz than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, 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.


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.