Capitola

Real Estate In Capitola

Location

Capitola is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, on the coast of Monterey Bay. The population was 9,918 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (4.92%) is water. Capitola lies west of the census-designated area of Aptos and east of the census-designated place of Live Oak.

Capitola sits on the northeast shore of Monterey Bay. Steep cliffs mark access to several popular beaches, including New Brighton Beach, or drop directly to the rocky shoreline of the Bay. Downtown Capitola sits in a depression among the cliffs so that the popular tourist and shopping area leads directly to Capitola Beach. Colorful houses and hotels line the slopes of the town leading back up to the higher cliff tops.

The colorful historic Venetian hotel that sits on the beach just east of the Pier has been designated on the Register of National Historic Places as “The first Condominium Beach Community in the United States, built in 1924″.

History

The original settlement we know as Capitola grew out of what was then called Soquel Landing. Soquel Landing got its name from a wharf located at the mouth of Soquel Creek. This wharf, which dates back to the 1850s, served as an outlet for the produce and lumber grown in the interior. In 1865, Captain John Pope Davenport, a whaleman at Monterey, moved his operations to be near the wharf. Unable to capture any whales, he moved his operations the following year to Point Año Nuevo.

In 1869, Frederick Hihn, who owned the property in the vicinity of the wharf, decided to develop it as a seaside resort. At first he leased the area to Samuel A. Hall and the area became known as Camp Capitola. Most authorities believe that it was Hihn who chose the name of Capitola, but they are unsure as to why he did so. Several possibilities have been asserted, one being that it was named for the heroine of The Hidden Hand, a novel by the popular author E.D.E.N. Southworth, favored by Hall’s daughter Lulu. Capitola is known as the oldest beach resort on the West Coast.

Capitola is a popular tourist town because of its trendy shops and restaurants on the shore directly connecting to a fishing wharf and its large, sandy beach.

Demographics In Capitola

 Capitola California U.S.
Median Household Income $59,531 $61,283 $51,660
Median Home Price $445,100 $342,040 $183,450
Cost Of Living- % of Nat Avg 153% 135% 100%
Unemployment 11% 12% 10%
Violent Crime Index- 1=lowest 8 6 4
DPY With Sun 263
DPY With Precipitation 65
Population 9,501
Capitola Zillow Home Value Index

 

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