Winkle Ave. An old farm house neighborhood in Unincorporated Santa Cruz
Although technically considered a top knot of Live Oak, this neighborhood was cut off from the rest of Live oak in the 1960’s, with the expansion of Hwy 1. Very few locals who live in the neighborhood consider or even know that this neighborhood was once part of Live Oak. Most Winkle residents, when asked, will tell you that they live in Unincorporated Santa Cruz, By Dominican or Close to Soquel.
- Upper Crust Pizza
- Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital
- El Chino Restaurant
- Mel’s Market
- Pot Doctor
- Drew’s Used Tools
- Jelli Beanz
- Winkle Farm Community
- Winkle Farm Park
Upper Crust Pizza
Address: 2501 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Possibly my favorite gluten free pizza in town
Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital
Address: 2585 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
For the dogs, and the rest of the animals too.
El Chino Restaurant
Address: 2525 Soquel Dr # A, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Is this restaurant mascot racist?
This place has gone through many incarnations, It also doesn’t shop up in Google.
Golden State Medical Evaluations
Another spot to get a medical marijuana card. Interestingly this building housed a flower shop “Jaqui’s Florist” for many years.
Drew’s Used Tools
Address: 3022 Winkle Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Used tools, parts and pieces. Drew’s has a good sized warehouse full of used tools , right at the end of winkle.
Address: 2555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
kids clothing and toys
Address: 2335 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Half way between Winkle and Thurber Lane, this specialty Saab Mechanic has a very loyal following of Saab Owners, who swear by Saaborama’s expertise.
Mural Switchbox – Arturo Thomae
This harbor scene was painted by Arturo Thomae. Check out additional Santa Cruz Switchboxes: here
Winkle Farm Community
The residents of Winkle Ave have put together their own community page, which you can find at WinkleFarm.com
Winkle Farm Park
About a third of the way up Winkle Ave is Winkle Farm Park. This farm property was once owned by a farmer named McDonald (literally) who was in no way a fan of children. His wife, neighbors say, donated the property to the city under the condition that it be used as a children’s park. WE think that story makes for a pretty decent (and entertainingly spiteful) local legend!