Unfairbnb.Net – Santa Cruz anti-STR organization

Unfairbnb.Net – Santa Cruz anti-STR organization


This map below shows the 56 licensed hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and hostel in Santa Cruz.  Notice where these businesses are.  They are centered primarily on Ocean Street, Beach Hill and the waterfront.  This is good city planning.  After 130 years as a tourist town our city zoning has kept the tourist activity out of the residential neighborhoods

Hotel Map-1070x718


The map below shows the 572 short term rentals that we have identified as of April 30, 2017.  Notice that the years of planning that kept hotels out of residential neighborhoods is being overturned. This is because short term rentals do not get approval from the city like licensed hotels and bed and breakfasts do.   Based on the growth we have monitored Airbnb listings in Santa Cruz are increasing by 5-8 listings per week.  There are beach towns in California that are ahead of us.

Santa Cruz STR Map as of April 2017

The map below shows the extent of registered short term rentals as of January 2014.  This was before the current Airbnb boom.  Notice that in 2014 the short term rental stock in the city was largely in the coastal zone in lower Seabright and along West Cliff Drive.  This map is a far cry from the map above it showing how short term rentals have spread throughout the city.

Santa Cruz Legacy STR's Map

To see what Santa Cruz could be like in the future check out this map of the Airbnb rentals in Venice Beach, California.

Venice STR Map


Property owners looking for higher returns are converting residential homes that have traditionally been housing to lodging for tourists.
The city’s general plan reserves residential neighborhoods for homes and locates hotels in commercial zones.  Airbnb is setting up hotels in our neighborhoods.
As residential housing is converted to tourist accommodations, housing availability declines.  The tight rental market leads to higher rents.
The city has lost hundreds of housing units to Airbnb rentals.  When households with children leave the city our school district loses enrollment and funding.
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