Located 35 miles southwest of Silicon Valley and 65 miles south of San Francisco, the Santa Cruz County coastline is one of the most luxurious, in-demand areas to live in California.
Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Coastline
Peace and serenity in an abundance of natural beauty
Located 35 miles southwest of Silicon Valley and 65 miles south of San Francisco, the Santa Cruz County coastline is one of the most luxurious, in-demand areas to live in California. This prime spot in the northern part of Monterey Bay provides an ambiance of relaxation and exclusivity. The top-notch quality of life, unique shops, and Mediterranean-like climate make residents feel like they live in a different world. Cities like Aptos, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Soquel are especially in high demand. The waterfront properties, including estates, villas, and condominiums, cater to residents of all ages and lifestyles. Undeveloped land to build customized homes is also appealing. Among the most popular home designers are Boone Low Ratliff Architects, Daniel Silvernail Architect, Inc., and Fuse. The desirable location and superior home quality provide private, exclusive living. Unobstructed views of the water, lots of natural light, gourmet kitchens, and home gyms are among the top must-haves. Because houses rarely remain on the market very long, buyers must act quickly when they find their perfect match.
What to Love
Redwoods, farmlands, and beaches
Parks and forested mountains
Swimming, surfing, sailing, hiking, and biking
Resort communities focused on wellness and relaxation
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The dining options are plentiful along the Santa Cruz County Coastline. Sevy’s Bar + Kitchen serves farm-to-table cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. The patio and koi pond further enhance the dining experience. Known as the California coast’s flagship restaurant, The Crow’s Nest provides top-notch seafood, pasta, beef, and chef’s specials. Diners also indulge in views of the Santa Cruz Harbor, wharf, and lighthouse.
The prime location on Monterey Bay, complete with an outdoor patio and fireplace and views of the Venetian condominiums, makes Paradise Beach Grille resemble Portofino, Italy. The restaurant is popular for its upscale cuisine, drink options, and service. Or choose between the patio with views of Soquel Creek, the fireside room, or the cozy bar to enjoy dining at Michael’s on Main. Local produce and products are used to prepare the dishes.
Shopping along the coastline is abundant. Redwood Village Aptos has shops, salons, and restaurants that promote physical and mental wellness. Berdels has clothing that appeals to shoppers of all ages. Capitola Mall has name-brand stores and dining to fill anyone’s needs and interests. Housed in a former Quonset hut, Loot Vintage Shop features repurposed furniture and home decor by local artisans.
Entertainment options along the coast are virtually endless. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk presents live music from Bay Area bands at the Colonnade Stage. At Soquel Vineyards, the views of Monterrey Bay complement the award-winning wine sourced from vineyards in Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival offers wines from Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, art from local talent, live music, dance groups, and street performers.
The outdoor attractions along the Santa Cruz County Coastline offer something for everyone. Santa Cruz Bike Tours provides bikes, helmets, binoculars, snacks, water, and a guide for private tours. Located among Monterey pines and eucalyptus trees near the Pacific Ocean, Seascape Golf Club has 18 holes on manicured fairways and greens. Members enjoy access to additional golf courses, programs for golfers of all ages, and social events.
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park has areas near sea level as well as mountains. The redwood trees provide a sanctuary popular for jogging, hiking, and biking. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers rides, mini-golf, laser tag, bowling, arcade games, restaurants, and shopping. Shielded by cliffs, Capitola Beach is an inland lagoon in the summer that empties into the ocean in the winter. The wharf is popular for sightseeing and fishing. The Farm County Park is a gorgeous area with disc golf baskets, public art, and reservable garden plots.