7.0 out of 10

Cowell St, Santa Cruz

36.9604072160755 -122.026311009346
Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5

"Beachfront Living"

It doesn't get any closer to the beach than this - Cowell Street IS full-on beachfront property. Unlike its southern neighbors in this overpriced state, Santa Cruz beaches are filled with modest residents and residences, college students, professionals, burnouts and surf bums alike. True to form, the houses here are smaller, closer together, and could potentially house multiple families.

But with the convenience of the area, who cares? Being close to the ocean and the boardwalk means proximity to sun, surf, great food, and great nightlife. The ocean here is quite a bit colder than it is in Southern California, and summers can absolutely be cool and foggy, but the trade-off is living in a normal, understate, diverse town with lots to do and little snobbery. This is a great value.
  • Beach!
  • Boardwalk and nightlife
  • Modest residences
  • Expensive, for small houses
  • Can get touristy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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