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Living in Aptos and Rio Del Mar California

Real Estate Broker/Owner with David Lyng Real Estate

Living in Aptos and Rio Del Mar California

Aptos and Rio Del Mar, with their rich heritages from the days of the Spanish dons, are known today more for redwood-shrouded homes and comfortable life-styles. Aptos Seascape offers a championship golf center in Rio Del Mar. There are three modern shopping centers, as well as quaint Aptos Village, which features upscale shopping. Aptos has a population of approximately 25,000. The largest state park around - 10,000 acre Nisene Marks - is also located in Aptos. And the area's curiosity piece, the cement ship "Palo Alto," sits off Seacliff State Beach.

Aptos, Rio Del Mar Beach California Cement Ship

Aptos and Rio Del Mar are located in the middle of Santa Cruz County, between the two largest cities, Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Both are unincorporated - Aptos generally being defined as north of Highway 1, leading into the foothills; Rio Del Mar on the other side of the freeway, ending at the ocean.

Development along Beach Drive in Rio Del Mar - where million-dollar houses are common today didn't begin until 1935. Plans to develop the area were impaired by the Depression. The golf course, however, was built in the late 1920s. Beach homes sprang up around 1937 when Rio Del Mar began to grow as a recreational center for San Jose-area residents. The old Aptos Beach Inn - long the major structure along the mid-county beach - was destroyed by fire in 1963. The Shore Del Mar condominium apartments are in its place today.

Aptos, california, redwoods, santa cruz mountainsA landmark today, as well as more than a century ago, is the Hotel Bay View in Aptos Village. It was built by Aptos' first postmaster, Jose Arnao, and has housed the likes of Lillian Russell and King Kalakaua. The three-story, 11,000 square foot hotel looks much the same as it always did. The Victorian architecture blends well with the rest of the village - even the newer shopping center of Aptos Station.

Lack of visitors is not a problem for Seacliff State Beach at the coast. Some 600,000 beachgoers use the facilities there annually. Besides excellent camping facilities, Seacliff is known most for its cement ship.



For more information on living in Aptos and Rio Del Mar California visit David Lyng Real Estate's Website.

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Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
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