beautiful coastal community

Rio Del Mar

Often compared to Carmel by the Sea, the wonderful Rio Del Mar community features world-class golf, spectacular beaches, and attractive streets lined with Cypress trees. Rio Del Mar is a small community of Aptos, a town just east of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County.

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Rio del Mar Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $2.2M
Lowest Priced Home $650K
Highest Listing Price $9.9M
Total Property Listings 37
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.1K

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Rio Del Mar Oceanfront Property

Rio Del Mar real estate is found in a beautiful coastal neighborhood that stretches from Aptos Village to Rio Del Mar Beach. Often compared to Carmel by the Sea, this community features world-class golf and attractive streets lined with Cypress trees.



The Rio Del Mar real estate market is coveted for its wide collection of desirable beachfront properties. These homes line Beach Drive and command stunning ocean views, located just steps away from the sandy beach.


Another Rio Del Mar neighborhood is Rio Highlands, situated on the bluff above the beach in a quiet and beautifully landscaped community.


Rio Del Mar is one of coastal California's best hidden gems. This quiet community is mostly known for its relaxing resport communities, which is why many of the listings are turn-key condos and second-home properties.


Many of the homes in the area were originally built in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, and have been expertly upgraded to include modern finishes like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and decorative tiling.


Many of the detached single-family homes in Rio Del Mar are found on large lots of land, and have been beautifully landscaped with native plants.


Alternatively, if you're looking for something a little more maintenance-free, a condominium is a great option. These allow you to reap the benefits of this beautiful location, with the added benefit of shared amenities like pools and recreational facilities. 


If you're in the market for a second home that you're eager to rent out part-time, Rio Del Mar is the ideal community.


The area's beautfiul beach and rich history attract thousands of tourists each year. And since it's close to Santa Cruz,, rentals are typically a little more affordably, which is a huge draw for tourists. 


If you're naturally drawn to luxury properties, you'll adore the Mediterranean style villas on Beach Drive. Step outside and enjoy the sandy beaches and inviting waters right in your backyard.


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

Rio Del Mar Schools & Amenities

Families will be pleased to know that the schools in Rio Del Mar are highly rated— Rio Del Mar Elementary School is award winning within the State of California.


Avid golfers will enjoy hitting the links at the Seascape Golf Course, which meanders through Rio Del Mar. Many homes in the area are afforded beautiful views of the emerald green fairways and even back onto the course.


Rio Del Mar is also home to a number of delicious restaurants, as well as the gourmet Deluxe Foods of Aptos, a favorite of the locals.

FAQs About Rio Del Mar

Q: Is Rio Del Mar good for surfing?
A: Rio Del Mar does see some surfers take advantage of the waves that appear, often in the late afternoon. Boogie boarding and body surfing is also popular here.

Q: Is Rio Del Mar beach a state beach?
A: Rio Del Mar is the state beach as well as the main beach in the community, extending for nearly a mile.

Q: When is Rio Del Mar beach open until?
A: Rio Del Mar beach opens at 8am and remains open until sunset.

Be sure to email Lauren Spencer if you have any questions about homes for sale in Rio Del Mar. Lauren is a local expert and will be happy to arrange a tour of the community and available homes in Aptos that meet your needs.

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