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111 Apartments for rent in Scotts Valley, CA

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106 San Augustine - A
106 San Augustine Way
Scotts Valley, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
800 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:31 AM
2 bedroom, 1 bathroom first floor furnished garden apartment. Available This October . New flooring, new gas oven. No smoking . coin laundry on site. Rent $2400/a month includes utilities.
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6 Units Available
Nanda on Pacific
1547 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA | Downtown Santa Cruz
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1 Bedroom
$2,691
677 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 27 at 07:34 PM
Come home to Nanda on Pacific. Enjoy relaxing community amenities just minutes from downtown Santa Cruz, the beach and UC Santa Cruz. We’re in the middle of everywhere you want to be.
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Five55 Pacific
555 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
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1 Bedroom
$2,715
609 sqft
Last updated November 27 at 07:34 PM
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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1010 Pacific Apartments
1010 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA | Downtown Santa Cruz
1 Bedroom
$2,298
604 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,167
882 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 27 at 07:34 PM
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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8 Units Available
Cypress Point
101 Felix St
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
Studio
$1,955
440 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,100
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,699
771 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 04:32 AM
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.
1 Unit Available
518 Emeline Avenue
518 Emeline Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
4 Bedrooms
$4,000
1500 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Whole House Available 01/01/21 This is well kept 4br/2ba partially furnished home centrally located in Santa Cruz near the Hwy 17 'corkscrew'. The house has a large front yard for gardening but the backyard is under construction.
1 Unit Available
323 Broadway
323 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
1180 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Available 01/01/21 Super Stylish Fully Furnished Condo- Short Term - Property Id: 431182 Super stylish and comfortable fully furnished condominimum.
1 Unit Available
206 Pennsylvania
206 Pennsylvania Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
1125 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
206 Pennsylvania Available 12/01/20 Newly Upgraded 2 Bed Seabright Home! - Terms: Lease up to 1 year (with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for all utilities (PGE, Water & Garbage) Landscaping: Tenant responsibility (Common area
1 Unit Available
248 San Lorenzo Blvd
248 San Lorenzo Boulevard
Santa Cruz, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
2Bd/2Ba Centrally Located Town home - Terms: One year lease (with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for PGE, Water & Garbage Landscaping: N/A Parking: 1 Car Garage, 1 assigned parking space and street parking as
1 Unit Available
304 Park Way (Front)
304 Park Way
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
966 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Charming Banana Belt 2 Bed/1 Bath Cottage - Excellent eastside location near shopping, services. Welcomed by the white picket fence, and situated on over a 7,400 square foot shared lot, this Santa Cruz original has wonderful character.
1 Unit Available
1005 3rd St
1005 3rd Street
Santa Cruz, CA | Beach HIll
4 Bedrooms
$5,400
1900 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Beautiful 4br/2ba upper level of a 2-unit Eastlake Victorian - Approximately 1900 square feet. Multiple hands were blown original glass bay windows, very bright and cheery. Hardwood floors throughout.
1 Unit Available
2222 Mission Street
2222 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
3 Bedrooms
$3,250
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Location, Location !! - (RLNE6136025)
1 Unit Available
109 Torry Pine Terrace
109 Torrey Pine Terrace
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
1012 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Rent Reduced!! Westside 2bd/1.5ba Townhouse - Terms: One year lease (with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for PG&E. Water billed by PPM. Landlord pays garbage. Landscaping: Tenant responsible for patio maintenance.
1 Unit Available
177 Palo Verde Terrace
177 Palo Verde Terrace
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
1046 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Rent Reduced! Spacious Upper Westside Townhouse! - Terms: One year lease (with owner option to renew) Utilities: Tenant responsible for PG&E & Water; Landlord pays garbage.
1 Unit Available
145 Torry Pine Ter
145 Torrey Pine Terrace
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Walk to UC - Walking distance to UC (corner of Bay and Nobel). Close to shopping, parks, tennis courts, basketball court and bus stop (approximately 25 yards.
1 Unit Available
1250 River St
1250 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,900
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
Newer LARGE Duplex - Newer unit. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom. First month, last month and deposit to move in. This unit is available July 1st amenities include: green construction (low energy usage). Large living space. Ceiling fans. Large closets.
1 Unit Available
408 Palm St
408 Palm Street
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
3 Bedrooms
$2,900
940 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 10:59 AM
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 Rachel Shaffer @ 831 600-4336 or 831 685-8588. Co-Signors accepted.
1 Unit Available
202 Plymouth St
202 Plymouth Street
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
2 Bedrooms
$3,225
903 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 08:25 AM
2 BD/2 BATH Beautiful, spacious, BRAND NEW, townhouses in the heart of Santa Cruz. Homes feature a fantastic, spacious floor plans with modern contrasting paint colors, gourmet kitchens, wood vinyl flooring, and master suite.
1 Unit Available
214 Plymouth St
214 Plymouth Street
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
6 Bedrooms
$7,000
1959 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 08:25 AM
This house is ideal for a group of friends or teammates who wish to live in Santa Cruz near the UCSC campus, beaches, and downtown! Fabulously renovated, roomy, and well-situated: This spacious, remodeled, 6-bedroom, 2-story, home has large, eat-in
1 Unit Available
24190 Summit Woods Dr
24190 Summit Woods Drive
Santa Cruz County, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,800
2250 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 08:25 AM
Stunning Mountain Property on 1.
1 Unit Available
23433 Sunset Dr
23433 Sunset Drive
Santa Cruz County, CA
4 Bedrooms
$4,850
2264 sqft
Last updated November 28 at 08:25 AM
Available Now! Great opportunity to live in the wonderful community of Villa Del Monte! Great location off of Summit Rd. in Los Gatos mountains. Living room has dome-like vaulted ceiling and large windows providing an abundance of natural light.
1 Unit Available
229 2nd Ave
229 2nd Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1026 sqft
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
Available 04/15/20 Located on one of the most coveted streets in all of Seabright, this quintessential beach house is just waiting for the lucky new owner to create their own lasting memories. Rarely does an opportunity like this come along.
1 Unit Available
610 Bethany Curve
610 Bethany Curve
Santa Cruz, CA | Westside
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
1000 sqft
Last updated April 9 at 11:23 AM
610 Bethany Curve Available 04/10/20 Cozy 2Bed/1Bath, Two Story Home Located On The West Side of Santa Cruz!! - This 2 Bed/1 Bath cheerful two story home is located on a quiet street close to Safeway on the Westside of Santa Cruz.
1 Unit Available
520 1/2 Ocean View Ave.
520 1/2 Ocean View Ave
Santa Cruz, CA | Eastside
1 Bedroom
$2,900
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
Uniquely Warm and Inviting in Midtown - Close to everything! Recently updated and completely furnished. This wonderful midtown 1 Bedroom unit is ready for you to enjoy.
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How much is rent in Scotts Valley?
Apartment Rentals in Scotts Valley start at $2,400/month.
How much is rent in Scotts Valley?
Apartment Rentals in Scotts Valley start at $2,400/month.
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While some Scotts Valley properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Scotts Valley properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Scotts Valley. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include De Anza College, Mission College, Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, and San Jose State University.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Scotts Valley. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include De Anza College, Mission College, Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, and San Jose State University.

City Guide

Scotts Valley
In the late 1700s, Siberian fur trader Osip Volkov jumped ship in Monterey Bay, assimilated to Spanish culture, became a Mexican citizen, and was ultimately the first non-native settler in what is now Scotts Valley.
In the late 1700s, Siberian fur trader Osip Volkov jumped ship in Monterey Bay, assimilated to Spanish culture, became a Mexican citizen, and was ultimately the first non-native settler in what is now Scotts Valley.

Nestled in the San Lorenzo Valley in Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley is home to about 11,500 residents who appreciate the forest-like environs, easy access to Santa Cruz and San Jose, and a quality of life that makes it an easy city to love. Scotts Valley has been home to humans for over ten thousand years, with several iterations of native peoples living along the areas waterways and hunting and gathering. The city was eventually founded and took its name from Hiram Scott who bought the sprawling Rancho San Agustin. Scott purchased the land grant from a guy who bought it for $400 from our ship-jumping friend Volkov -- who was by then known as Jose Bolcoff.

Moving to Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley's geographic location -- halfway between techie Silicon Valley and hippie Santa Cruz -- probably explains the variety of businesses that got their start here. Seagate Technology, world leader in computer hard drives, was headquartered here. But so was surf/skate/snow-boarding outfitter Sessions. Prior to its move to neighboring Los Gatos, Netflix first called Scotts Valley home as well. This is a long-winded way of telling you not to be fooled by the quiet forest setting. This is a town with some juice and a very desirable place to live.

While tourism brings daily visitors to town, you won't need to worry about a high or low long-term renter's season. If it's a rainy winter, that might be a pain when you're trying to protect your couches, but there's no wrong time to move here.

Given the area's popularity, allow yourself four to six weeks to narrow down rental properties and find the best place for you. Come armed with references, credit history, proof of income, and deposit money so you can seal the deal in short order.

Scotts Valley gets high marks for walkability, but those scores don't necessarily take topography into account. Commuter transit service is available to convey residents into Santa Cruz or San Jose; however, a car is a good idea, at least for your apartment search (and probably for errands, too).

Moving to Scotts Valley
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Scotts Valley's geographic location -- halfway between techie Silicon Valley and hippie Santa Cruz -- probably explains the variety of businesses that got their start here. Seagate Technology, world leader in computer hard drives, was headquartered here. But so was surf/skate/snow-boarding outfitter Sessions. Prior to its move to neighboring Los Gatos, Netflix first called Scotts Valley home as well. This is a long-winded way of telling you not to be fooled by the quiet forest setting. This is a town with some juice and a very desirable place to live.

While tourism brings daily visitors to town, you won't need to worry about a high or low long-term renter's season. If it's a rainy winter, that might be a pain when you're trying to protect your couches, but there's no wrong time to move here.

Given the area's popularity, allow yourself four to six weeks to narrow down rental properties and find the best place for you. Come armed with references, credit history, proof of income, and deposit money so you can seal the deal in short order.

Scotts Valley gets high marks for walkability, but those scores don't necessarily take topography into account. Commuter transit service is available to convey residents into Santa Cruz or San Jose; however, a car is a good idea, at least for your apartment search (and probably for errands, too).

Neighborhoods in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley is relatively small and compact. Character-filled, historic rental houses are harder to come by, but modern developments are still growing and you should be able to find a rental apartment within an easy walk of the city's parks and its central Kings Village Shopping Center. Furnished apartments will be harder to find, though there are a few.

Condo developments and townhomes for rent are more easily found in Scotts Valley than in some other Santa Cruz County cities. Most of these are close to main arteries. The closer you stick to Scotts Valley Drive, the more amenities will be close by. Fanning out from there, and moving away from Highway 17, lots will get larger, trees taller, and neighbors more frequently deer or the occasional bobcat.

Top Apartment Complexes

Acorn Court: With onsite BBQ areas, a playground, and all the modern conveniences you'd expect in a new development, Acorn Court offers life in an Oak forest with two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans. This area offers easy highway access and is relatively close to local retail and is an easy walk from MacDorsa Park.

Bay Tree Apartments: With one, two, or three bedroom layouts, this development is ideal for all renters. Enjoy a few laps in the pool or run a few miles in the on-site workout room before hoping on nearby Highway 17 to start your day. On the weekends, grab your pole and walk a short distance to Camp Evers Fishing Park.

Emerald Hill Apartments: Conveniently located on Scotts Valley Drive with easy access to local amenities, Emerald Hill Apartments offer several floor plans with great storage and onsite parking. You'll be able to get your sushi fix easily at nearby Rumble Fish restaurant.

Neighborhoods in Scotts Valley
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Scotts Valley is relatively small and compact. Character-filled, historic rental houses are harder to come by, but modern developments are still growing and you should be able to find a rental apartment within an easy walk of the city's parks and its central Kings Village Shopping Center. Furnished apartments will be harder to find, though there are a few.

Condo developments and townhomes for rent are more easily found in Scotts Valley than in some other Santa Cruz County cities. Most of these are close to main arteries. The closer you stick to Scotts Valley Drive, the more amenities will be close by. Fanning out from there, and moving away from Highway 17, lots will get larger, trees taller, and neighbors more frequently deer or the occasional bobcat.

Top Apartment Complexes

Acorn Court: With onsite BBQ areas, a playground, and all the modern conveniences you'd expect in a new development, Acorn Court offers life in an Oak forest with two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans. This area offers easy highway access and is relatively close to local retail and is an easy walk from MacDorsa Park.

Bay Tree Apartments: With one, two, or three bedroom layouts, this development is ideal for all renters. Enjoy a few laps in the pool or run a few miles in the on-site workout room before hoping on nearby Highway 17 to start your day. On the weekends, grab your pole and walk a short distance to Camp Evers Fishing Park.

Emerald Hill Apartments: Conveniently located on Scotts Valley Drive with easy access to local amenities, Emerald Hill Apartments offer several floor plans with great storage and onsite parking. You'll be able to get your sushi fix easily at nearby Rumble Fish restaurant.

Living in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley grew thanks to its lumber, grain mill, and tanning industries in the 1800s. Once upon a time, in the 1950s-70s, it was home to "Santa's Village," a Christmas-themed amusement park. Sadly, you can't meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus here anymore, thanks to a developer's botched plans to grow the attraction into a full-fledged theme park. Its most famous resident -- aside from the Clauses, of course -- was Alfred Hitchcock, who surely appreciated the redwood rain forest atmosphere of the town.

The air in this valley comes from the ocean, lending a salty spirit to the redwood forests surrounding the city. Warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the general rule here. Scotts Valley stays slightly warmer than coastal Santa Cruz, but it still far more pleasant in the summertime than a hot day in Silicon Valley in August. Morning fog and the marine layer are common visitors -- especially in the summer.

There are plenty of small-scale amenities here, mostly lining Scotts Valley Drive which runs the length of the town. The Kings Village Shopping Center anchors the southwestern end of town with both chain and boutique stores.

Dining options likewise center around the Kings Village and along Scotts Valley Drive. Check out Sandabs for its seafood or Bruno's BBQ if you're feeling saucy. Towards the northeastern end of town, you'll find a few fast food options as well as Jia Tellas, a popular local Cambodian food restaurant.

As you might imagine, there's no shortage of outdoor recreation options in a place situated in a forest. Nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park will make you feel short. It's the oldest State Park in the state, established in 1902, and features over 81 miles of trails. You can follow one of them all the way over to the next state park, Castle Rock. Or take the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to the Hoover Natural Preserve. If you decide to stick with Big Basin, however, you'll enjoy a gorgeous walk or hike past waterfalls, towering redwoods, and local flora and fauna.

If you hate walking, take a ride on the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad -- a narrow gauge railroad (that means the rails are closer together than what your Amtrak cruises on) that starts in neighboring Felton and runs straight up Bear Mountain.

Living in Scotts Valley
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Scotts Valley grew thanks to its lumber, grain mill, and tanning industries in the 1800s. Once upon a time, in the 1950s-70s, it was home to "Santa's Village," a Christmas-themed amusement park. Sadly, you can't meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus here anymore, thanks to a developer's botched plans to grow the attraction into a full-fledged theme park. Its most famous resident -- aside from the Clauses, of course -- was Alfred Hitchcock, who surely appreciated the redwood rain forest atmosphere of the town.

The air in this valley comes from the ocean, lending a salty spirit to the redwood forests surrounding the city. Warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the general rule here. Scotts Valley stays slightly warmer than coastal Santa Cruz, but it still far more pleasant in the summertime than a hot day in Silicon Valley in August. Morning fog and the marine layer are common visitors -- especially in the summer.

There are plenty of small-scale amenities here, mostly lining Scotts Valley Drive which runs the length of the town. The Kings Village Shopping Center anchors the southwestern end of town with both chain and boutique stores.

Dining options likewise center around the Kings Village and along Scotts Valley Drive. Check out Sandabs for its seafood or Bruno's BBQ if you're feeling saucy. Towards the northeastern end of town, you'll find a few fast food options as well as Jia Tellas, a popular local Cambodian food restaurant.

As you might imagine, there's no shortage of outdoor recreation options in a place situated in a forest. Nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park will make you feel short. It's the oldest State Park in the state, established in 1902, and features over 81 miles of trails. You can follow one of them all the way over to the next state park, Castle Rock. Or take the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to the Hoover Natural Preserve. If you decide to stick with Big Basin, however, you'll enjoy a gorgeous walk or hike past waterfalls, towering redwoods, and local flora and fauna.

If you hate walking, take a ride on the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad -- a narrow gauge railroad (that means the rails are closer together than what your Amtrak cruises on) that starts in neighboring Felton and runs straight up Bear Mountain.

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City Guide

Scotts Valley
In the late 1700s, Siberian fur trader Osip Volkov jumped ship in Monterey Bay, assimilated to Spanish culture, became a Mexican citizen, and was ultimately the first non-native settler in what is now Scotts Valley.
In the late 1700s, Siberian fur trader Osip Volkov jumped ship in Monterey Bay, assimilated to Spanish culture, became a Mexican citizen, and was ultimately the first non-native settler in what is now Scotts Valley.

Nestled in the San Lorenzo Valley in Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley is home to about 11,500 residents who appreciate the forest-like environs, easy access to Santa Cruz and San Jose, and a quality of life that makes it an easy city to love. Scotts Valley has been home to humans for over ten thousand years, with several iterations of native peoples living along the areas waterways and hunting and gathering. The city was eventually founded and took its name from Hiram Scott who bought the sprawling Rancho San Agustin. Scott purchased the land grant from a guy who bought it for $400 from our ship-jumping friend Volkov -- who was by then known as Jose Bolcoff.

Moving to Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley's geographic location -- halfway between techie Silicon Valley and hippie Santa Cruz -- probably explains the variety of businesses that got their start here. Seagate Technology, world leader in computer hard drives, was headquartered here. But so was surf/skate/snow-boarding outfitter Sessions. Prior to its move to neighboring Los Gatos, Netflix first called Scotts Valley home as well. This is a long-winded way of telling you not to be fooled by the quiet forest setting. This is a town with some juice and a very desirable place to live.

While tourism brings daily visitors to town, you won't need to worry about a high or low long-term renter's season. If it's a rainy winter, that might be a pain when you're trying to protect your couches, but there's no wrong time to move here.

Given the area's popularity, allow yourself four to six weeks to narrow down rental properties and find the best place for you. Come armed with references, credit history, proof of income, and deposit money so you can seal the deal in short order.

Scotts Valley gets high marks for walkability, but those scores don't necessarily take topography into account. Commuter transit service is available to convey residents into Santa Cruz or San Jose; however, a car is a good idea, at least for your apartment search (and probably for errands, too).

Moving to Scotts Valley
+

Scotts Valley's geographic location -- halfway between techie Silicon Valley and hippie Santa Cruz -- probably explains the variety of businesses that got their start here. Seagate Technology, world leader in computer hard drives, was headquartered here. But so was surf/skate/snow-boarding outfitter Sessions. Prior to its move to neighboring Los Gatos, Netflix first called Scotts Valley home as well. This is a long-winded way of telling you not to be fooled by the quiet forest setting. This is a town with some juice and a very desirable place to live.

While tourism brings daily visitors to town, you won't need to worry about a high or low long-term renter's season. If it's a rainy winter, that might be a pain when you're trying to protect your couches, but there's no wrong time to move here.

Given the area's popularity, allow yourself four to six weeks to narrow down rental properties and find the best place for you. Come armed with references, credit history, proof of income, and deposit money so you can seal the deal in short order.

Scotts Valley gets high marks for walkability, but those scores don't necessarily take topography into account. Commuter transit service is available to convey residents into Santa Cruz or San Jose; however, a car is a good idea, at least for your apartment search (and probably for errands, too).

Neighborhoods in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley is relatively small and compact. Character-filled, historic rental houses are harder to come by, but modern developments are still growing and you should be able to find a rental apartment within an easy walk of the city's parks and its central Kings Village Shopping Center. Furnished apartments will be harder to find, though there are a few.

Condo developments and townhomes for rent are more easily found in Scotts Valley than in some other Santa Cruz County cities. Most of these are close to main arteries. The closer you stick to Scotts Valley Drive, the more amenities will be close by. Fanning out from there, and moving away from Highway 17, lots will get larger, trees taller, and neighbors more frequently deer or the occasional bobcat.

Top Apartment Complexes

Acorn Court: With onsite BBQ areas, a playground, and all the modern conveniences you'd expect in a new development, Acorn Court offers life in an Oak forest with two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans. This area offers easy highway access and is relatively close to local retail and is an easy walk from MacDorsa Park.

Bay Tree Apartments: With one, two, or three bedroom layouts, this development is ideal for all renters. Enjoy a few laps in the pool or run a few miles in the on-site workout room before hoping on nearby Highway 17 to start your day. On the weekends, grab your pole and walk a short distance to Camp Evers Fishing Park.

Emerald Hill Apartments: Conveniently located on Scotts Valley Drive with easy access to local amenities, Emerald Hill Apartments offer several floor plans with great storage and onsite parking. You'll be able to get your sushi fix easily at nearby Rumble Fish restaurant.

Neighborhoods in Scotts Valley
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Scotts Valley is relatively small and compact. Character-filled, historic rental houses are harder to come by, but modern developments are still growing and you should be able to find a rental apartment within an easy walk of the city's parks and its central Kings Village Shopping Center. Furnished apartments will be harder to find, though there are a few.

Condo developments and townhomes for rent are more easily found in Scotts Valley than in some other Santa Cruz County cities. Most of these are close to main arteries. The closer you stick to Scotts Valley Drive, the more amenities will be close by. Fanning out from there, and moving away from Highway 17, lots will get larger, trees taller, and neighbors more frequently deer or the occasional bobcat.

Top Apartment Complexes

Acorn Court: With onsite BBQ areas, a playground, and all the modern conveniences you'd expect in a new development, Acorn Court offers life in an Oak forest with two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans. This area offers easy highway access and is relatively close to local retail and is an easy walk from MacDorsa Park.

Bay Tree Apartments: With one, two, or three bedroom layouts, this development is ideal for all renters. Enjoy a few laps in the pool or run a few miles in the on-site workout room before hoping on nearby Highway 17 to start your day. On the weekends, grab your pole and walk a short distance to Camp Evers Fishing Park.

Emerald Hill Apartments: Conveniently located on Scotts Valley Drive with easy access to local amenities, Emerald Hill Apartments offer several floor plans with great storage and onsite parking. You'll be able to get your sushi fix easily at nearby Rumble Fish restaurant.

Living in Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley grew thanks to its lumber, grain mill, and tanning industries in the 1800s. Once upon a time, in the 1950s-70s, it was home to "Santa's Village," a Christmas-themed amusement park. Sadly, you can't meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus here anymore, thanks to a developer's botched plans to grow the attraction into a full-fledged theme park. Its most famous resident -- aside from the Clauses, of course -- was Alfred Hitchcock, who surely appreciated the redwood rain forest atmosphere of the town.

The air in this valley comes from the ocean, lending a salty spirit to the redwood forests surrounding the city. Warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the general rule here. Scotts Valley stays slightly warmer than coastal Santa Cruz, but it still far more pleasant in the summertime than a hot day in Silicon Valley in August. Morning fog and the marine layer are common visitors -- especially in the summer.

There are plenty of small-scale amenities here, mostly lining Scotts Valley Drive which runs the length of the town. The Kings Village Shopping Center anchors the southwestern end of town with both chain and boutique stores.

Dining options likewise center around the Kings Village and along Scotts Valley Drive. Check out Sandabs for its seafood or Bruno's BBQ if you're feeling saucy. Towards the northeastern end of town, you'll find a few fast food options as well as Jia Tellas, a popular local Cambodian food restaurant.

As you might imagine, there's no shortage of outdoor recreation options in a place situated in a forest. Nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park will make you feel short. It's the oldest State Park in the state, established in 1902, and features over 81 miles of trails. You can follow one of them all the way over to the next state park, Castle Rock. Or take the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to the Hoover Natural Preserve. If you decide to stick with Big Basin, however, you'll enjoy a gorgeous walk or hike past waterfalls, towering redwoods, and local flora and fauna.

If you hate walking, take a ride on the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad -- a narrow gauge railroad (that means the rails are closer together than what your Amtrak cruises on) that starts in neighboring Felton and runs straight up Bear Mountain.

Living in Scotts Valley
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Scotts Valley grew thanks to its lumber, grain mill, and tanning industries in the 1800s. Once upon a time, in the 1950s-70s, it was home to "Santa's Village," a Christmas-themed amusement park. Sadly, you can't meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus here anymore, thanks to a developer's botched plans to grow the attraction into a full-fledged theme park. Its most famous resident -- aside from the Clauses, of course -- was Alfred Hitchcock, who surely appreciated the redwood rain forest atmosphere of the town.

The air in this valley comes from the ocean, lending a salty spirit to the redwood forests surrounding the city. Warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the general rule here. Scotts Valley stays slightly warmer than coastal Santa Cruz, but it still far more pleasant in the summertime than a hot day in Silicon Valley in August. Morning fog and the marine layer are common visitors -- especially in the summer.

There are plenty of small-scale amenities here, mostly lining Scotts Valley Drive which runs the length of the town. The Kings Village Shopping Center anchors the southwestern end of town with both chain and boutique stores.

Dining options likewise center around the Kings Village and along Scotts Valley Drive. Check out Sandabs for its seafood or Bruno's BBQ if you're feeling saucy. Towards the northeastern end of town, you'll find a few fast food options as well as Jia Tellas, a popular local Cambodian food restaurant.

As you might imagine, there's no shortage of outdoor recreation options in a place situated in a forest. Nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park will make you feel short. It's the oldest State Park in the state, established in 1902, and features over 81 miles of trails. You can follow one of them all the way over to the next state park, Castle Rock. Or take the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to the Hoover Natural Preserve. If you decide to stick with Big Basin, however, you'll enjoy a gorgeous walk or hike past waterfalls, towering redwoods, and local flora and fauna.

If you hate walking, take a ride on the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad -- a narrow gauge railroad (that means the rails are closer together than what your Amtrak cruises on) that starts in neighboring Felton and runs straight up Bear Mountain.