46 Apartments for rent in Santa Cruz, CA

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Last updated October 19 at 6:04am UTC
The Hilltop Apartments
363 Western Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 19 at 3:28am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,750
2 Bedrooms
Ask
2106 Jose Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 17 at 8:05pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,900
1225 Seabright Ave.
Eastside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 17 at 8:04pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
944 32nd Ave.
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 17 at 8:03pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
180 Dakota Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 15 at 2:47pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,580
445 6th Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 13 at 11:10am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,550
2603 Hensley Lane - 2603 Hensley Lane
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 11 at 11:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
214 Anchorage Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 10 at 5:36pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,200
592 Redwood Dr
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 9 at 6:09pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,250
834 Paget Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 9 at 6:02pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,195
1901 Portola Dr
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 9 at 6:02pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
410 Capitola Rd Extension
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 8 at 11:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
755 14th Avenue
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 6 at 10:32am UTC
1 Bedroom
$3,190
224 Broadway
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 6 at 10:29am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
3216 Stockridge Lane
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 2 at 12:18pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
435 6th Ave
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated September 22 at 1:25pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,100
2225 Mattison Ln. #A
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated September 21 at 1:02pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
101 Annie Lane
Eastside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:35pm UTC
Studio
$2,700
242 4th Ave
Eastside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated September 15 at 5:42pm UTC
Studio
$2,200
311 Morrissey Blvd
Eastside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated October 11 at 11:10am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
107 Montclair Drive
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated September 29 at 12:30pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
811 Fair Ave. - House
Westside
Santa Cruz, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:29pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,150
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.

October 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the October 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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October 2018 Santa Cruz Rent Report

Welcome to the October 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.

Santa Cruz rents increased over the past month

Santa Cruz rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 2.7% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Santa Cruz stand at $1,860 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,470 for a two-bedroom. Santa Cruz's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

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 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 $3,110; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Anaheim experiencing the fastest growth (+3.3%).
  • San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.7%, 2.3%, and 1.6%, 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 $2,470 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 2.7% rise in Santa Cruz.
  • While Santa Cruz's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.6%.
  • 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.

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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.

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