Community Spotlight: Aptos, CA

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 7:58am.

Where California's redwood forests meet the shining sea, just east of Santa Cruz, you'll find the charming community of Aptos climbing the hills above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful beaches, boutique shopping, and secluded villas await here in this paradise on the sea.

The community of Aptos is bisected north to south by the legendary Highway 1, aka Cabrillo Highway. To the west of this route are winding streets with single-family homes in various beachy styles. Clustered around the highway itself are various condo and townhome complexes, cascading down the hillsides to provide outstanding views to their residents. And east of the highway, nestled in the surrounding hills, are Aptos' luxury homes in Mediterranean, and Ranch-modern styles.

The whole area is just brimming with things to see and do, with a variety of landscapes, attractions, and real estate types.

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Community Attractions in Aptos, CA

The community of Aptos is a treasure trove of attractions, bringing visitors from far and wide, and providing year-round enjoyment to its residents.

In Aptos Village for example, there are boutique stores, cafes, and eateries. Nearby you can also find a library, museum, and more conventional shopping for whatever you may need. If you're in town, make sure to partake in some of the high-quality wine made in the surrounding hills and valleys.

And if you can't find what you're looking for in Aptos, then you're in luck, because Santa Cruz is less than 15 minutes away.

Aptos - What's Nearby

Aptos is a dream for those interested in outdoor recreation. The hills to the north host miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, found particularly within The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, and to the south, stretching as far as the eye can see, scenic beaches provide unlimited opportunities for marine fun.

Diving and surfing are particular favorites, but you can also enjoy a relaxing stroll along the many seaside parks, or visit the S.S. Palo Alto, an experimental concrete ship sunk off the end of a pier.

Some other local highlights include:

  • Seacliff State Beach
  • Seascape Golf Club
  • Polo Grounds Park
  • Aptos Village County Park
  • New Brighton State Beach Park

Aptos also puts on a number of community events, like the world's shortest 4th of July Parade, and an annual blues festival which has featured such acts as B.B. King, Ray Charles, and the Doobie Brothers.

Stay tuned to the My Santa Cruz Real Estate blog to see more in-depth community spotlights on some of our most desirable communities!

About Lauren Spencer

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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