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Santa Cruz & Live Oak Back to All Communities

Santa Cruz is home to the world famous Beach Boardwalk, a University of California Campus, a National Marine Sanctuary, and is one of the "weirdest" places in the United States. Residents in this 12 square mile enclave vary from wealthy banker types to tattooed bikers, and they all seem to coexist together with the salt air acting as the glue that binds them. The Municipal Wharf joins the ocean with the Boardwalk and a downtown graced with shops, restaurants and more movie screens per capita than any other coastal area.

A quick trip to Steamer Lane or Pleasure Point, and you will find local surfers bobbing out in the water waiting for the perfect waves. Santa Cruz is also home to smooth water for kayaking, and fishermen are often found out on the pier looking for a fresh catch of the day. The Marina and Harbor hosts a blend of high tech sailing boats, well-worn fishing boats, and rowboats alike, as the boating culture is alive and well in the city.

Back when the Hawaiians introduced surfing to the local community in the late 1800's, a rivalry began between the surfers that frequented the Westside and those on the Eastside. This rivalry underlies the relationship between residents from both areas to this day, and also impacts the local real estate market.  The Westside area of Santa Cruz is considered west of the San Lorenzo River, and the Eastside stretches from east of the San Lorenzo River to a third regional area called Live Oak. Live Oak is home to the excellent surfing off Pleasure Point and is located outside the Santa Cruz City limits in unincorporated Santa Cruz County.

Westside and Eastside Santa Cruz are served by the Santa Cruz City School District, with some of the better schools located on the Westside.  The Live Oak area is served by the Live Oak Elementary school district, and both areas are served by the Santa Cruz City High School District. Westside Santa Cruz is also home to the Pacific Collegiate School, which is one of the top college preparatory high schools in the Country.

Coastal Santa Cruz is located primarily in the 95060 and 95062 zip codes, and the homes in the area are primarily single family homes with some condominiums and townhomes mixed into the area. The local MLS defines the Westside as Area 43, the Eastside as Area 42, and the Live Oak Areas as Area 45. You can find our Sereno Group Westside Santa Cruz office on Mission Street! Below is the historical market data for the city.

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Urban Pacific Homes

Tom is one of the most well-recognized luxury home builders in the region. His highly respected reputation has been built on his attention to detail and emphasis on the client relationship. Tom is available for feasibility consultations for both our sellers and buyers in support of the team.

Poyner & Poyner LLP

Jessica is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California as a specialist in trust, estate, and probate law. She is managing partner of one of the longest-established estate planning firms in California and has a reputation for excellence and client service.

Marketing Designs

 Jayne McCann is the owner of Marketing Designs in Belmont. Her company is a professional marketing agency with writers and designers to produce outstanding, unique print and online marketing materials for your property. Jayne personally visits every listing of ours to write professional copy and her designers work with us to develop the most creative and customized brochures to tell the real story about your property.


Scott is a professional photographer focusing on architecture and interior photos. He works closely with the marketing team to ensure your home will stand out.

Transaction Coordinator

Patria has over 10 years of experience in transaction coordination and will work to ensure that everything runs smoothly in the background from a disclosure and paperwork side of the transaction. This frees us up to focus on our clients and the homes they are selling and/or purchasing.