Capitola By The Sea


Idyllic coastal community with the charm of a Mediterranean village, this seaside community is reminiscent of a European town on the coast, with its restaurants, boutiques, bakeries and art galleries. The colorful homes and buildings of Capitola have made this community well known for its unique style. The charms of Venice were certainly brought to these beach homes on the gorgeous shores of Monterey Bay. Read more about Capitola homes for sale.

Colorful Capitola homes for sale on the waterfront

Capitola Home Statistics

Average Home Price $2.8M
Lowest Priced Home $559K
Highest Listing Price $7.4M
Total Property Listings 18
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.7K

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Homes For Sale In Capitola, CA

Capitola homes for sale are found in beautiful, beachside locations, boasting lovely views and often within walking distance to plenty of local shops and amenities. The region includes stunning coastal properties and houses sitting atop bluffs, as well as houses found in traditional, family-friendly neighborhoods. Older, sometimes historic, homes have been modernly updated to reveal chic interiors. However, Capitola also has a selection of quaint, Victorian homes for sale, for buyers who love this charm and unique architecture.

Capitola condos are also available on the real estate market, and these attractive properties offer a maintenance-free lifestyle and some of the best views in town.  As a whole, Capitola is recognized as a charming seaside community reminiscent of a Mediterranean village with its restaurants, boutiques, bakeries, and art galleries. This area is perfectly conducive to enjoying a delicious beverage or meal on one of the local outdoor patios offering picturesque ocean views.

Whether you’re looking to spend time here for a vacation or a lifetime, you’ll fall in love with Capitola by the Sea— the area’s prime coastal neighborhood, with an inviting climate and rich architectural history make for a truly remarkable community. Capitola homes for sale are found in a collection of different districts and neighborhoods, each having their own individual ambiance to appeal to a variety of different home buyers. Additionally, these are a number of luxury homes for sale in Capitola, with exceptional oceanfront locations. The area began as a small tourism hotspot, home to about 80 cozy rental cottages. Eventually, the tourists began to realize they didn't want to just visit Capitola, they wanted to enjoy the great coast lifestyle all year-round.

The area blossomed in the 1970s when it grew by roughly 150% in the span of 10 years, which is why so many of the homes here were originally built around then, as well. From single-family homes to well-equipped townhome communities and condos, there's a little bit of everything for everyone in Capitola. 

Interested in learning more about Capitola, California real estate? Contact us online or call 1-831-345-0338 for more information about buying and selling a home in Capitola and other communities in the Santa Cruz area.

Things To Do In Capitola

There are plenty of things to do in Capitola, regardless of your interests. This community is home to the area’s only major shopping mall, featuring dozens of large national retailers and restaurants. Residents and visitors alike look forward to a variety of events and festivals each year, including the Begonia Festival, the Art & Wine Festival, and the Capitola Twilight Concert series.

The Capitola City Beach has been a choice beach destination for over 140 years; swimming, surfing, and beach volleyball are some of the favorite activities. The community is recognized for having some of the best surf spots in the region.

Fishing and boat rentals are available at the Capitola Wharf (now under reconstruction), while the New Brighton State Beach, located adjacent to Seacliff Beach, is also a popular locale for day trips. This park offers miles of beaches, and includes campsites and picnic facilities, found amongst an urban forest of native Monterey Pines and Coastal Live Oaks.

Love to surf? So do we! Capitola is a great place to get out on the water. For the best surf spots in Santa Cruz County, check out our blog post!

FAQs About Capitola

Q: What is Capitola known for?
A: Located in the Monterey Bay area, Capitola is known for being a beautiful beachside town in central California, as well as for being the first beach resort in the state.

Q: Why is Capitola called Capitola? 
A: Capitola was reportedly named after one of the main characters in a series of popular novels when it started in the late 1800s.

Q: Is Capitola a nice place to live?
For those looking to live in a small, beautiful seaside town, Capitola is the perfect place. And with plenty of shopping and restaurants, residents of Capitola are never bored. 

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Check out the video below to see all of the great things that you can look forward to from your home in Capitola!

If you would like to learn more about Capitola’s real estate market, please give Lauren Spencer a call at 1-800-226-4717, or contact us online. We’re happy to help you find the perfect property in Capitola, CA or sell your home quickly and profitably.

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