32 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

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Last updated April 21 at 10:02am UTC
110 Western Ct.
Westside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 20 at 10:14am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,300
323 Nobel Dr
Westside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 20 at 10:09am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,700
233 4th Ave
Eastside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 20 at 1:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,100
111 Elk Street
Eastside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 18 at 11:01am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
403 12th AVE
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 9 at 5:23am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,600
401 12th AVE 401
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 9 at 5:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,250
2255 Venice Dr.
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated April 8 at 9:52am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
Results within 5 miles of Santa Cruz, CA
6105 Abbey Rd
Aptos
Aptos, CA
Updated April 21 at 9:56am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
615 Gilroy Drive, #2
Capitola
Capitola, CA
Updated April 20 at 10:09am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,895
590 Skypark Dr.
Scotts Valley
Scotts Valley, CA
Updated April 19 at 10:07am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,775
312 Capitola Ave
Capitola
Capitola, CA
Updated April 18 at 1:52am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,800
4625 Garnet Street
Capitola
Capitola, CA
Updated April 15 at 10:59am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
867 Hillcrest Dr.
Felton
Felton, CA
Updated April 12 at 3:17pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
49 Grandview Avenue
Felton
Felton, CA
Updated April 11 at 10:51am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
805 Rosedale Ave.
Capitola
Capitola, CA
Updated April 9 at 11:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
Results within 10 miles of Santa Cruz, CA
417 Clubhouse Dr
Aptos
Aptos, CA
Updated April 21 at 10:02am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
14 Aqua View Dr
La Selva Beach
La Selva Beach, CA
Updated April 21 at 1:59am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,895
117 Tiburon Court
Aptos
Aptos, CA
Updated April 20 at 10:15am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
225 Aptos School Rd
Aptos
Aptos, CA
Updated April 20 at 10:13am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
7 Palma Ave
La Selva Beach
La Selva Beach, CA
Updated April 20 at 1:40am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,895
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City Guide
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.

Rent Report
Santa Cruz

April 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report. Santa Cruz rents remained steady 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 held steady over the past month

Santa Cruz rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up significantly by 4.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Santa Cruz stand at $1,820 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,420 for a two-bedroom. Santa Cruz's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.9%, as well as the national average of 2.0%.

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, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.9% 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 $3,060; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Sacramento experiencing the fastest growth (+6.8%).
  • Oakland, Anaheim, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.6%, 6.0%, and 5.0%, 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 also seen rents grow more modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Santa Cruz is less affordable for renters.

  • Santa Cruz's median two-bedroom rent of $2,420 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 4.0% rise in Santa Cruz.
  • While Santa Cruz's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.9%), Atlanta (+2.2%), and Denver (+1.9%).
  • 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.

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:

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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.