Live Oak

Beachfront properties and modestly luxe homes with broad, panoramic ocean views.

Welcome to Live Oak

Beach, family, and surfing are the main elements of this quaint, oceanside town
Located between Capitola and Santa Cruz, Live Oak is home to more than 18,000 residents and features a mix of beachfront properties and modestly luxe homes with broad, panoramic ocean views.
Once a strictly rural location, Live Oak is now full of quaint, affordable neighborhoods and pockets of cute eateries and boutiques. Steeped in surf culture, there’s a great, beachy shopping district here, and the popular 41st Avenue contains lots of sushi bars, coffeehouses, and thrift stores.

What to Love

  • A mix of beachfront property and ocean view homes 
  • Lots of quaint, affordable neighborhoods 
  • Pockets of cute eateries and boutiques 

Local Lifestyle

Surf culture and family vibes dominate Live Oak, and most residents are devoted to a laid-back lifestyle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Residents of Live Oak shop at the New Leaf Community Market, which sells sustainable, locally produced food across its network of five community-hub grocery stores. The Live Oak Farmers Market, a community tradition since 2000, offers an excellent selection of organic produce from local farms, plus tree-ripened fruits, dried fruit and nuts, fresh bread, pastries, seafood, and pasture-raised organic meats.
A range of popular restaurants also exists in Live Oak. A local favorite, The Point Kitchen and Bar offers bacon-wrapped dates, a range of gourmet salads, and several varieties of steaks, chops, and seafood. Another gem, Pono Hawaiian Kitchen and Tap serves authentic cuisine from Maui, plus plenty of wine, kombucha, and locally made desserts.

Things to Do

There’s a plethora of shopping located on 41st Avenue - including the famed O’Neill’s Surf Shop.  Residents of Live Oak frequently visit Moran Lake Park & Beach, a spacious lakeside and oceanside park offering beach space for fishing, surfing, and picnics.
At Chaminade Resort & Spa, you can book a day or weekend of relaxation or celebrate major milestones, like a wedding, on this expansive property overlooking Monterey Bay.
The Crow’s Nest, located right on the beach where the Harbor meets the sea, is one of Santa Cruz’s most beloved restaurants. For over 50 years, guests have returned for the breathtaking panoramic views of Santa Cruz Harbor and to enjoy award-winning cuisine, spirits, and live entertainment. New Bohemia Brewing Company, a lofty, industrial-chic brewery and taproom serving European-style beers and charcuterie, is also a popular social destination.


The Live Oak School District was established in 1872 and currently serves approximately 1,900 students in three elementary schools, one middle school, one K-8 independent charter school, and one alternative school.

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