midtown santa cruz
Live Oak is mainly residential compared to other parts of Santa Cruz County and, as a result, you won’t find the number of events and attractions that you’ll find in other neighborhoods. There’s no true main street or downtown area to speak of and businesses are scattered throughout the unincorporated neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as “Midtown” or the “Eastside” by locals, both of which include Live Oak and the neighborhoods that surround it.
One thing that Live Oak definitely has going for it is that it’s one of the most centrally located places to live. With the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz just on the other side of the harbor and Capitola flanking the other side, it’s relatively quick and easy to get just about anywhere, regardless of your method of travel.
As with other parts of the county, beaches are not hard to find in Midtown. Though the boundaries of Live Oak do not technically reach the coast, it’s a short jaunt to any number of beaches in the area, from Twin Lakes to Pleasure Point.