Aptos

This scenic coastal community boasts a mix of stunning landscapes and a small-town feel.

WELCOME TO APTOS

Aptos is an unincorporated coastal town located in the southern area of Santa Cruz County, California. Nestled between the redwood forests and the sparkling Monterey Bay, this scenic community boasts a mix of stunning landscapes, from tranquil beaches to lush forests.

Aptos is a small area of under 7,000 residents across the following neighborhoods: Trout Gulch, Seascape, Seacliff, Rio Del Mar, La Selva Beach, and Corralitos. Aptos real estate offers a diverse selection of properties, including luxurious oceanfront homes in gated communities, charming beach cottages, modern ocean-view condos, rural farmsteads, and spacious single family homes. In 2022, 164 homes were sold in Aptos, with an average price of $1.4 million for a single-family home and $950,000 for a townhome or condo.*

Aptos real estate boasts a diverse selection of properties and price points. With its strong sense of community and picturesque surroundings, Aptos is an ideal place to call home. Explore Aptos homes for sale and other properties with our expert team today!
 

WHAT TO LOVE

  • Picturesque beaches
  • Laid-back atmosphere
  • Diverse natural beauty
  • A variety of dining and shopping options
  • Abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities

DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Aptos Village, located at the heart of this coastal community, offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The historic village features charming shops, cafes, and restaurants, where visitors can explore and enjoy the relaxed ambiance. Aptos has a vibrant dining scene with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and eateries that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Here are some more notable establishments in the area:
 

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Persephone - Upscale farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of Aptos Village, with seasonally inspired menu that showcases fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Akira Sushi - Popular sushi restaurant offers an extensive menu of fresh sushi rolls, sashimi, and Japanese entrees.
  • The Hideout - Approachable restaurant and bar offers a relaxed atmosphere and a menu featuring comfort food favorites such as burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The Hideout also has a full bar, making it a great spot for an evening out with friends.
  • Bittersweet Bistro - Extensive menu of contemporary American cuisine with impressive wine/cocktail list, including CBD cocktails
  • Mentone - Top notch pizza and a few Italian dishes by Michelin-Starred restauranteur David Kinch
  • Cafe Sparrow -Charming French-inspired bistro serving a delicious selection of dishes

WHERE TO DRINK:

  • Cantine Wine Bar - Stylish wine bar with great wines on tap and delicious small plates
  • Parish Publick House - Fun bar and burger joint with great beers and crafty cocktail

WHERE TO WORK WHILE SIPPING COFFEE:

  • Aptos Coffee Roasters - Classic, tried, and true.
  • The Farm Bakery & Cafe -A rustic bakery and cafe offering a selection of delicious pastries, breads, sandwiches, and salads. 
  • Cat and Cloud - A new local staple, located in the NEW Aptos Village developmen

WHERE TO SHOP:

  • Aptos Village Square - A shopping center with a range of local shops and eateries
  • Outside-In - Unique home and garden store offering a variety of indoor and outdoor decor 
  • Warmth Company - A boutique store specializing in clothing, accessories, and home good

THINGS TO DO

Aptos' diverse natural beauty provides a plethora of outdoor recreational activities. With access to 12+ miles of uninterrupted sandy beaches, hiking trails through redwood forests, and a range of water sports, there is something for everyone in this coastal town.
  • Seacliff State Beach - A popular beach known for its fishing pier and the historic SS Palo Alto shipwreck, offering opportunities for swimming, picnicking, and fishing.
  • Forest of Nisene Marks State Park - A stunning park featuring over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails through lush redwood forests, with opportunities for birdwatching and picnicking.
  • Seascape Golf Course - A challenging course with lots of undulation and difficult greens.

Overview for Aptos, CA

10,130 people live in Aptos, where the median age is 52.2 and the average individual income is $60,602.13. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

10,130

Total Population

52.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$60,602.13

Average individual Income

Around Aptos, CA

There's plenty to do around Aptos, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

2
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
13
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Daily Grind Coffee & Bottle Shop, Makse Bar, and Eskape Sea Kayaking.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.5 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.03 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.84 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.01 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.08 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.25 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Aptos, CA

Aptos has 3,961 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Aptos do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,130 people call Aptos home. The population density is 439.65 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

10,130

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

52.2

Median Age

46.21 / 53.79%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
3,961

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$60,602.13

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Aptos, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Aptos. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Mar Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Twin Lakes Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Aptos Junior High
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5
Valencia Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
4/5

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