Located in an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County and nestled between Moran Lagoon and 41st Avenue, this small surfing community is a classic beachside town credited with being the foundation for the Santa Cruz surf culture.
Offering a bustling commercial hub with numerous shops and boutiques selling an array of surf and skate gear, beach apparel, and coastal home decor, Pleasure Point is home to many of Santa Cruz County’s favorite food and drink spots - including The Penny Ice Creamery and Pleasure Pizza. The popular Live Oak Farmers Market also occurs within this town’s borders.
A mixture of charming beach cottages, surf bungalows, and stunning multi-million dollar homes, this seaside neighborhood is one of the most vibrant surf destinations along the California coast. Its most notable attraction is East Cliff Drive, a dazzling waterfront promenade that winds along coastal bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay. At the Hook, one of the neighborhood’s most famed surf spots, you’ll find spectators lining a cliffside fence to watch surfers ride some intense waves. Jack O’Neill Park honors the late surf legend and wetsuit pioneer who once lived in this community.
Houses in West Santa Cruz neighborhoods vary widely in price and property style, from luxe properties with expansive acreage to smaller condominiums and townhouses. Divided into sections - Upper West Side and the Lower West Side - you'll find a range of Victorian-style houses and Craftsman bungalows here. Some homes are located just steps from the beach, while others sit at higher elevations and feature expansive views.
Home to UC Santa Cruz since 1965, this town features a highly educated population and an influx of students throughout the school year. Numerous parks and nature preserves make this area attractive to outdoor enthusiasts, and hiking, biking, and walking trails abound.