Aptos real estate info

A census-designated place in Santa Cruz County, the community of Aptos, California, sits on an area of seven square miles. It is about nine miles south of the city of Santa Cruz and lies just off the shores of the Pacific Ocean, which are mostly considered part of neighboring Rio Del Mar. Aptos is generally considered to be a collection of several smaller neighborhoods, including Aptos Village, Seacliff, Rio Del Mar, Seascape, La Selva Beach and Aptos Hills/Larkin Valley. In July 2007, Aptos was estimated to be home to a population of more than 9,200.

The community was named so because of its location at the confluence of Aptos Creek and Valencia Creek. Aptos is a Ohlone Native American term that means "the meeting of two creeks." The first non-native settler to the area was Rafael Castro, who was granted the 6,656-acre Rancho Aptos by the Mexican government in 1833. Castro raised cattle on the land. In the later part of the 19th century, redwood timber harvesting became a big industry in Aptos, but after 40 years of logging, most of the trees were gone. Many residents began growing apples in orchards.

Today, Aptos residents have a high standard of living. In 2008, median household income here was measured to be more than $77,000, with per capita income at nearly $44,000. At the same time, Aptos homes were measured to have a median value of nearly $693,000, almost double the value at the time of the census in 2000. The nearest hospital is about five miles away in Santa Cruz.

Children living in Aptos can attend one of three public elementary schools: Valencia Elementary, Rio Del Mar Elementary, and Mar Vista Elementary, as well as Aptos Junior High School and Aptos High School. Private schools include Santa Cruz Montessori School, Orchard School, Twin Lakes Christian School and Aptos Academy. The city is also home to Cabrillo College, a two-year community college. Attractions here include the The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Seacliff State Beach, the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, the Aptos Museum and Aptos Village Park. The city is home to the "World's Shortest Parade" each year on July Fourth with a parade route of about one-fourth of a mile and the Aptos Blues Festival at the park. The Aptos Cinemas is an independent movie house and the city runs the Aptos Branch Santa Cruz City-County Library.