There is no question that Santa Cruz is one of the most naturally beautiful cities on the California coast, but the Westside neighborhood stands out as one of the most desirable areas in the county for a reason. With picturesque beaches behind every cliffside and beautiful homes adorning every block, the Westside is truly an ideal place to call home. Whether you’re seeking the sweeping views of the upper Westside or the walkable beaches of the lower Westside, it’s a part of town that is unrivaled in physical beauty.
Aside from Mission St. and the other main arteries to Highway One and Highway 17, the Westside is a quiet neighborhood with relatively little traffic outside of the local residents. It’s close enough to stores and restaurants that you can get most things you need without having to go downtown or across town—it even has its own farmers market. Great sunsets and evening walks are a regular part of life on the Westside, as are the numerous bikers and joggers that frequent the beachside path along West Cliff Drive.