Live Downtown


Living Downtown is living right.

Conveniently located in the cultural center of the region, with markets, restaurants, shopping and lots of community just blocks from your door, Downtown Santa Cruz just may be the perfect place to live for your lifestyle.

With the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District’s hub located right here in Downtown, living car-free is easy. Downtown Santa Cruz's “walk score” is in the high 90’s, which means that walking in Downtown Santa Cruz is not only convenient, it’s enjoyable. The San Lorenzo River Walk is at your back door, with great paths for walking or biking from Downtown to the Beach, or up to the Tannery Arts Center.

In short, living in Downtown Santa Cruz gives you the best of many worlds. The vibrancy, culture, and convenience of contemporary urban living, surrounded by a natural environment like no other.

Housing available

Housing is hard to find anywhere in the Bay Area, and Santa Cruz is no exception. Still, there are great housing options to match a range of incomes, with many more housing projects on the way. Here are a few to get you started on your way to making your home in Downtown Santa Cruz.