5.3 out of 10

Santa Cruz Hwy, California

37.1012045140514 -121.977451611395
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers


3/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5

"Get Ready for a Drive..."

Highway 17 starts out as a standard state highway in Los Gatos, and quickly starts climbing the mountains of the coastal ranges in order to get into Santa Cruz county. This is a dicey drive to an otherwise very desirable location.

The lake views are lovely, although the climb up the hill is can be very accident-prone. Once you get over the hill, the redwoods prevent you from enjoying too many coastal vistas, although one can argue that the canopies of trees provide sufficient views of their own.

Commuters beware: Most people take 17 FROM Santa Cruz TO Los Gatos/San Jose, rather than vice versa, so the ideal drive would be to take this highway west in the morning, and east in the evening. If you can pull that off, of course. Just be careful!
  • Best of the roads over the Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Reasonable Traffic
  • Views
  • Blocked whenever it rains
  • Can be dangerous to drive on
  • Expensive area to live in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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