Community Spotlight: Capitola

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 8:46am.

Your Guide to Living in Capitola, CA

Situated along the sun-soaked shores of Monterey Bay, Capitola is a stunning beachside enclave of approximately 10,000 residents. Bursting with color and nautical appeal, this exclusive and close-knit community represents the best of beachside living. With resort roots, Capitola retains a vacation-style ambiance to this day, drawing in buyers with an optimistic idea of the coastal California lifestyle. If you're looking to live in a quintessential beach town with charming old-fashioned amenities, stunning natural beauty, and friendly neighbors, Capitola real estate is the place for you.

Capitola, CA At A Glance

The first things that stand out about Capitola are the rows of candy-colored buildings that line the shores. These multihued structures set the iconic city apart; they're fronted by sugar sand beach, fresh turquoise water, and rows of lush palm trees. The image is spectacular, evoking ideas of storybook seaside towns. The style of the city is distinctly Mediterranean, reflecting the region's classic architectural styles and earthen materials. Gorgeous stucco villas and Grecian-inspired buildings lend Capitola a uniquely southern European look that's submerged with aesthetics that can't be found outside our very own west coast.

Since its establishment, Capitola has appealed to the beach-going, sun-loving Californian home buyer. The city started as a modest camp on the banks of Monterey Bay and evolved into the state's first beach resort by the late 19th century. The addition of the iconic Hotel Capitola inspired a wealth of similarly elegant accommodations throughout the community, solidifying Capitola's reputation as the gold standard for coastal luxury.

Capitola: Cuisine, Culture, & The Great Outdoors

Capitola possesses a winning combination of excellent seaside dining, energetic local culture, and world-class nature. The atmosphere is the fresh and lively environment that comes hand-in-hand with youthful surf culture, but the effects of luxury resort life do not go unnoticed. Retail options are unfettered, with plenty of quaint boutiques, art shops, furniture stores, and galleries lining the streets.

If you're ready for a bite or a refreshment by the sea, Capitola has no shortage of options to select from. The city has much more than standard fare and chain restaurants. You'll find high-quality venues to enjoy fresh, farm-to-table meals sourced from local produce. Grab a parlour-crafted ice cream cone for a stroll along the beach or find a healthy, organic meal to suit any mood. Wine and craft beer aficionados can have their fill of world-class brews and bottles in this agriculturally rich region. After enjoying Capitola's amazing food and drink, explore the seas by sailboat, paddleboard, or kayak. The more adventurous may choose to take advantage of the famed surf as well. If you're an active person with an appreciation for fine dining, artisan craftsmanship, and the great outdoors, Capitola is a lovely place to enjoy California's world-famous coast.

If you're interested in learning more about Capitola and the amazing lifestyle opportunities that await you, kick off your Santa Cruz area home search here. Begin your search by exploring the Capitola real estate listings today!

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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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