While the Upper Westside is most known for being home to UCSC, there is so much more to this neighborhood! Adjacent to the university is the Pogonip Open Space Preserve, which has over 11 miles of trails. Equestrians and bicyclists can use some of the trails that are a part of the preserve. Westlake Park is also part of the upper westside and features a pond for fishing, a playground, a large lawn area for playing sports, and picnic tables. Homes in this neighborhood vary in architectural styles, including beautiful Victorian style homes and sprawling apartment complexes that are often used as rentals for the students at UCSC.
With famed West Cliff Dr, this lower Westside exudes quintessential California beach town. Consisting of primarily detached single-family homes, the lower west side is what many people think of when they picture a Santa Cruz neighborhood in their mind. There are tons of activities to do on the lower west side! A walking and biking trail was recently built. It starts at the North end of the west side and goes into the downtown area. Those that live in this area often frequent the Swift St & Ingalls St Courtyard, where one can find tasting rooms from several wineries, a brewery, and boutiques. Natural Bridges state beach is located at one end of West Cliff Dr and is home to a large grove of Eucalyptus trees included in the Monarch butterfly’s migration path.
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