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Apartments for Rent in Santa Cruz, CA
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    101 Felix Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Studio $2,668+
    1 BED $2,999+
    2 BEDS $3,980+
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    200 Button Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    1 BED $3,105+
    2 BEDS $3,600+
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    555 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Studio $3,170+
    1 BED $3,391
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    221 Raymond Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Studio $2,000
    1 BED $2,250
    2 BEDS $2,900
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    120 San Lorenzo Blvd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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    1 BED $2,950
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    800 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Studio $3,000
    1 BED $3,700+
    2 BEDS $5,595+
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    527 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    2 BEDS $3,400+
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    81 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Studio $2,350
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    304 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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    630 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Studio $2,480
    1 BED $2,710
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    314 Spruce Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    1 BED $2,300
    2 BEDS $3,100
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    801 Nobel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    2 BEDS $3,975+
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    101 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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    132 Clay Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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    350 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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    50 5Th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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    2333 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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    1 BED $2,925
    2 BEDS $3,295
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    3045 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    2 BEDS $3,695+
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    1360 41St Ave., Capitola, CA 95010
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    100 Acorn Court, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
    2 BEDS $3,495+
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    910 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010
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    850 Rosedale Ave., Capitola, CA 95010
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    3002 - 3036 Mcglenn Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
    2 BEDS $3,640
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    Bay Hill Apartments, Inc., Capitola, CA 95010
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    347 Spreckels Dr., Aptos, CA 95003
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Average rent in Santa Cruz, CA

$3,385/mo Santa Cruz, CA average rental price, March 2024
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The average monthly rent of apartments in Santa Cruz, CA is $3,385.

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    Getting around in Santa Cruz, CA

    36 /100
    Car-Dependent
    31 /100
    Some Transit
    49 /100
    Somewhat Bikeable
    Walk Score®: 36, Transit Score®: 31, Bike Score®: 49

    Frequently asked questions

    When were prices and availability in Santa Cruz, CA last updated?

    Prices and availability in Santa Cruz, CA were last updated on 18 Jul 2024.

    What are the best apartments in Santa Cruz, CA?

    The best apartments in Santa Cruz, CA are: Hidden Creek Apartments, San Lorenzo Apartments, Cypress Point, Anton Pacific and 221 Raymond Street Apartments.

    What is the average rent in Santa Cruz, CA?

    The average rent in Santa Cruz, CA is $3,385. Start your search for apartments in Santa Cruz, CA now.

    What is the price range for a studio apartment in Santa Cruz, CA?

    The price range for a studio apartment in Santa Cruz, CA is between $2,000 and $5,140. View all studio apartments in Santa Cruz, CA.

    What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz, CA?

    The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz, CA is between $2,250 and $5,685. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Santa Cruz, CA now.

    What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz, CA?

    The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz, CA is between $2,000 and $7,390. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Santa Cruz, CA.

    What type of rental buildings are in Santa Cruz, CA?

    In Santa Cruz, 54% of the residents are renting compared to 46% owning a home, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Large-scale apartment buildings with more than 50 units represent 12% of Santa Cruz’s rentals, 53% are small-scale complexes with under 50 units, and 33% are single-family rentals.

    What do typical apartment communities look like in Santa Cruz, CA?

    The average age of rental buildings in Santa Cruz is 36 years old, with 31% being newer apartment buildings completed since 2000. The average height of apartment buildings in the city is 3 stories, of which 94% are garden-style apartment communities, 10% are mid-sized buildings, and none are high-rises. These characteristics describe large-scale apartment communities of 50 apartments or more.

    What apartment floorplans are common in Santa Cruz, CA?

    Rental apartments in Santa Cruz come in a range of sizes and floorplans. Studio apartments represent 11% of units for rent, ideal for singles, renters on a budget and people who value central locations more than space. Rentals with 1-bedroom floorplans make up 45% of the total apartments in the city, while 2-bedroom floorplans represent around 35% of all rentals in Santa Cruz. The rest are larger floorplans with 3 bedrooms or more, typically preferred by families, larger households or roommates sharing space.

    Living in Santa Cruz, CA

    Surrounded by San Jose, Monterey Bay, and San Francisco, Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz County, CA. It stands out with its high-quality public schools, bustling nightlife, gorgeous beaches, and perfect weather all year round. Santa Cruz is the largest in its county and is home to the famous Boardwalk Beach. The climate in Santa Cruz is Mediterranean, featuring mild weather generally, so the city sees up to 250 days of sunlight in a year. The average temperature is 57.2°F, with wet winters and warm summers. Santa Cruz is safer than most California cities, which makes it an ideal renting spot for families with children and people who want to be closer to the Pacific Ocean and enjoy alternative community lifestyles. Santa Cruz is known for various watersports like surfing, sailing, swimming, and many more.

    Renting in Santa Cruz, CA

    Santa Cruz is a great place to rent for many families and young professionals due to the city’s top-notch public schools, parks, clubs, bars, restaurants and the proximity to the ocean. The neighborhoods are urban-suburban, and most people rent their homes. Among the 19 neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, the central parts of the city and beach area are the most coveted, while the northwest area is the most affordable to live in. The most walkable neighborhoods are Downtown, East Side, and Beach Hill, and most areas are bikeable. You will need to sign a lease agreement to rent an apartment or a house in Santa Cruz. In most cases it’s the renter, not the landlord, who does minor repairs. The landlord can only evict if the renter violated the lease or did not pay rent. In Santa Cruz, landlords are required to give a minimum of 90 days’ written notice of the termination of the year-to-year lease agreement.

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    Shopping in Santa Cruz, CA

    Santa Cruz has a multitude of options for shopping, ranging from grocery, bookstores and jewelry shops to art galleries, bridal shops and surfing shops. Some of the top shopping centers include Santa Cruz Flea Market, Pacific Garden Mall, Bohemian Boutique, Pacific Wave Surf Shop, Moon Zoom and Stripe & Stripe Men. Major department stores include Target, Marshalls, Hope Depot, Ross Stores and California Mini Splits. Downtown Santa Cruz is dotted with restaurants, shops, bars, live music venues, fine dining, and offers an active nightlife. This area is not far from the beach, so there are a lot of places to shop. When buying groceries, stores like New Leaf Market, Shopper’s Corner, Food Bin and Herb Room, and Lotus Asian Market are the most popular among renters.

    Transportation in Santa Cruz, CA

    Santa Cruz is very walkable and bikeable, but renters can also use public transportation such as buses provided by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District. There is also a wide network of trains, subways, and trolleys for people who live here. For renters who prefer a more convenient transportation method, taxis are also available in this city, while airport shuttles are a good option for travelers. Plus, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft or limo rentals are an alternative way of getting around the city. The closest airport is the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, situated 32 miles away from downtown Santa Cruz. The Watsonville Municipal Airport is located in the county, roughly 16 miles east of Santa Cruz.

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