Westside, Santa Cruz, CA

Westside Neighborhood Guide Santa Cruz, CA


Westside is a vibrant, coastal neighborhood located in the beautiful town of Santa Cruz, California. Boasting a unique blend of suburban and beach town energy, Westside is dissected by Mission Street (Highway 1) creating an eclectic mix of local merchants and well-known commercial zones. The neighborhood is known for its proximity to popular destinations like the University of California, Santa Cruz, and stunning beaches like Natural Bridges State Beach. Residents and tourists also enjoy the charming, historic district with its iconic Victorian and Craftsman homes.

What You Will Love About Westside, Santa Cruz, California

  • The laid-back beach vibe combined with a strong sense of community makes Westside a beloved destination for both residents and visitors.
  • It provides easy access to a number of outdoor recreational activities such as surfing, hiking, and biking due to its close proximity to the beach and nearby parks.
  • The vibrant food scene featuring farm-to-table restaurants and local breweries is a crowd-pleaser.

What’s Nearby

Located just a short drive from Westside, downtown Santa Cruz offers a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Nature lovers will appreciate the close proximity to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Additionally, the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is easily accessible for those seeking a traditional seaside amusement park experience.


Westside offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle with access to outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and a strong sense of community. It embodies the quintessential California surfing town spirit while also providing a comforting suburban environment making it an excellent place to live, work, and explore.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 42 restaurants, 10 grocery stores, and 16 parks within a mile of the Westside neighborhood.

    Westside Farmers Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Farmers Market, Fruit and Vegetable Store, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    2801 Mission St


    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.8 miles

    2203 Mission St

    Safeway Pharmacy

    Retail, Drugstore, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.8 miles

    2203 Mission St

    Pure Water of Santa Cruz

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.9 miles

    2106 Mission St

    Circle Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.1 miles

    508 Errett Cir

    Santa Cruz Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    1.2 miles

    214 California Ave

Westside Apartments and Rentals

46 Rental properties in Westside, Santa Cruz, CA.

  • Nanda on Pacific property


    Nanda on Pacific

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    421–1115 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • 1010 Pacific Apartments property


    1010 Pacific Apartments

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    558–985 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

  • Pacific Shores Apartments property


    Pacific Shores Apartments

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    790–1035 Sqft

    2 Units Available

  • 304 Main Street property


    304 Main Street

    3 Beds • 2 Baths

    1450 Sqft

    Available 8/26

  • 2030 N Pacific Avenue # 434 property


    2030 N Pacific Avenue # 434

    1 Bed • 1 Bath

    867 Sqft

    Available 8/14

  • 140 Hunolt St #3 property


    140 Hunolt St #3

    2 Beds • 1 Bath

    5706 Sqft

    1 Unit Available

Cost of Living

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Westside Demographics

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Westside Reviews

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  • Busy Streets


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  • Noise Late At Night


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  • Area Has Potholes


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  • Good Place To Raise A Family


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  • Area Has Litter


    Say 4 of 6 renters

  • Mostly Older Buildings


    Say 4 of 6 renters

Westside Transportation

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Somewhat Walkable

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The Walk Score© measures walkability on a scale of 0-100 based on walking routes to destinations such as dining and drinking, groceries, and shopping.

Very Bikeable

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Westside Schools

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