The perfect blank slate to make your own.

234 Arroyo Seco, Santa Cruz 95060

2 bedrooms  |  1.5 bathrooms  |  1310 SF  |  Sold for $633,000

If you are eager to update a home to your tastes, look no more.  This Westside single family home is in a desirable neighborhood, sought after school district, and offers easy access to beach town amenities.  The perfect blank slate to make your own.

234 Arroyo Seco is a detached single family home with a zero lot line located on the upper Westside.  Only a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Mission Street, yet it feels a world away.  The home is tucked into a residential neighborhood on a wide street with ample parking.  The location offers easy access to restaurants, shops, and Santa Cruz amenities.  Located just one mile from West Cliff, the home is only a twenty minute walk to the ocean.  If you’d like to head to West End Tap and Kitchen for a beverage, or pick up something sweet at Kelly’s French Bakery, then you’ll be glad to know that the Swift Street Complex is less than a half mile or a short eight minute walk away.  Jump on your bike and head over to Natural Bridges to enjoy the monarchs or Wilder Ranch for a ride or a hike.  Grab your surf board and go over to Steamer’s Lane.  Or if going to UCSC, just head up the hill and enjoy the views.  All of this is under a ten minute drive or fifteen minute bike ride.  If you have little ones, this home is located in the Westlake school district, which is the most sought after in Santa Cruz.

The home is located on an end lot and thus offers more space and separation than other homes in the community.  To enter the home, you pass through a courtyard that offers a measure of privacy from the street.  This is the perfect spot to arrange a seating area or install raised gardening beds.  The vibrant bottlebrush tree at the front of the courtyard adds a pop of color.  Just outside the courtyard the space appears empty, however it fills with California poppies every spring.  

This single story home has two bedrooms, one and half bathrooms, 1310 square feet and an attached two car garage.  After entering the home, you immediately step into the spacious living room that features a fireplace.  Take a few steps up into the kitchen area which is completely open to the dining room.  This area is so spacious that it could also serve as a family room or office space as well.  The dining area features a large window and sliding glass doors that just let the light pour in.  The access to the backyard is perfect for outdoor dining or entertaining.  The screen doors on both the front and sliding door allow you to enjoy a refreshing cross breeze on warm summer days.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are off of a separate hallway accessed via the living room.  To allow for flexibility, the long spare bedroom has been separated into two rooms with a non-load bearing wall.  If this does not suit your needs, you could remove the wall to restore the original space.  The spare bathroom is across the hallway and adjoins the full bathroom, which is off of the master bedroom.  Located at the end of the hallway, the master bedroom is quite large and can easily accommodate a king size bed with nightstands and a dresser.  The extended closet spans the length of the room and features adjustable shelving.  Both the master and spare bedroom feature sliding glass doors that lead to the patio - perfect to head outside to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine at the end of the day.

The backyard is really special.  Because the home is on an end lot, the backyard is not walled in.  It feels roomy, yet private with fencing enclosing the remainder of the yard.  The large space offers many possibilities - flower or vegetable gardens, multiple seating areas, room for a grill, a hot tub or whatever your imagination comes up with… The homeowners even mentioned that when the air is right, you can hear the sea lions barking in the distance.  The home is one of the few in the community that includes a side yard.  The space currently features a shed, but could be used in various ways.   

The attached two car garage is accessed via the kitchen area.  No more worrying about bringing groceries in while its raining, especially with El Nino coming.  The garage includes laundry hook-ups, ample shelving and space for storage.  Between the garage and side yard, there is plenty of room to store the Santa Cruz essentials: surf boards, kayaks, bikes, or hiking gear.

Please note, this home requires work and is not for a novice.  This home is mostly original.  You must be capable of overseeing remodeling, as the the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and roofing all need attention. 

This home has been well loved.  The owners were the first to move into the community 37 years ago.  At that time, the lots across the street on Arroyo Seco and the lots on Grandview were open space.  The owners have seen so many changes over the years.  They have many cherished memories, including raising their children here, but they are now ready for the next step.  They hope that whoever chooses to make this their home will enjoy and love it as much as they have.  Priced at $599,000 this home is ready for someone to make it their own.  Whether you are a first time home buyer or looking for a vacation home, this property is a wonderful place to create your memories.