Scotts Valley

An idyllic residential community located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.


Scotts Valley is an idyllic and thriving residential community located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a short 10-minute drive from the vibrant city of Santa Cruz and 30 minutes from Silicon Valley. Surrounded by lush redwood forests and scenic mountain views, Scotts Valley offers a peaceful, family-friendly atmosphere with easy access to the best of California's Central Coast.
Scotts Valley can be divided into several neighborhoods, including Glenwood, Bean Creek, Granite Creek Estates, and Skypark. This charming town is known for its excellent school system, outdoor recreational opportunities, and proximity to both the coastline and the Bay Area. In 2022, 133 homes were sold in Scotts Valley, with an average price of $1.5 million for a single-family home and $892k for a townhome or condo.*
Scotts Valley real estate boasts a diverse selection of properties, including elegant hillside estates, contemporary single-family homes, charming townhouses, and cozy condos. With its strong sense of community and picturesque surroundings, Scotts Valley is an ideal place to call home. Explore Scotts Valley homes for sale and other properties with our expert team today!


  • Scenic mountain views
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Excellent schools
  • Outdoor recreational opportunities
  • Proximity to Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley
  • Diverse housing options


Scotts Valley offers a delightful mix of local eateries, boutique shops, and family-oriented entertainment options. The heart of the town lies around Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley Drive, and the Skypark Plaza, where you'll find a variety of shopping and dining experiences.


  • Otoro Sushi - Very popular, serving Sushi & other Japanese fare are served in a bright, open space with large windows & TVs.
  • Maya Mexican Restaurant - Traditional and delicious Mexican food and a variety of margarita’s to choose from. 
  • Bruno's Bar and Grill - A family-friendly sports bar with tasty burgers and wings
  • Kao Sook Thai Cuisine - A local favorite for delicious and flavorful Thai food
  • Heavenly Cafe - One of Scotts Valley’s landmark destinations, good food, good service, in a warm and friendly environment. 
  • Jia Tella's Cambodian Cuisine - Discover the rich flavors of traditional Cambodian dishes.
  • Ambrosia Indian Bistro - Try their prix fixe!
  • Casa Nostra - Fabulous authentic Italian food with great wine menu


  • Steel Bonnet Brewing Company - A family-owned and operated brewery small batches of craft beer and packaged snacks
  • Malone’s Grill - American Gastropub with live music, 24 rotating beers, world famous Frosé and cocktails that wow you with their flavor as much as they do the eye 
  • JT’s Two Doors - A local favorite and locally owned pub-Americana joint with a full bar
  • Faultline Brewing Company - One of the newest and most popular additions to Scotts Valley's growing food and drink scene. Classy place to watch the game!
  • Kissed by an Angel Wines - Comfortable tasting room with great selection of wines


  • Cruise Coffee - A comfortable and friendly atmosphere, perfect for remote work or studying
  • The Scotts Valley Library - Located adjacent to Skypark, the library offers a quiet space to work, with free Wi-Fi and meeting rooms
  • Starbucks - 5 conveniently located throughout Scotts Valley, offering ample seating and Wi-Fi


Scotts Valley offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, thanks to its picturesque surroundings and close proximity to both the Santa Cruz Mountains and the coastline. Skypark is a popular destination for families, featuring a playground, soccer fields, a dog park, and even a skate park. The park is also home to numerous community events, such as the annual Art, Wine, and Beer Festival, and outdoor movie nights during the summer months.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, just a short drive away, offers miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails amidst towering redwood trees. Be sure to stop by the park's visitor center to learn about the area's natural history and wildlife and explore the several hidden swimming holes along the San Lorenzo River such as the Garden of Eden. For the kids (and grownups alike), nearby Roaring Camp Railroads is a wonderfully fun place to spend the day.

The nearby Santa Cruz Mountains offer a variety of picturesque but unassuming local wineries, such as Byington Vineyard & Winery, Burrell School Winery, and MJA Vineyards. There are also some great wine tasting rooms in Scotts Valley proper!

If you're craving a day at the beach, Santa Cruz beaches are just a short 10 minute drive away. Discover the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or explore the sparkling coastline, with its sandy beaches and world-class surf spots. Alternatively, venture north to Davenport or Half Moon Bay for a more laid-back coastal experience. Whatever activity you're looking for, Scotts Valley is centrally located for all that Santa Cruz County has to offer, while remaining a convenient commute location for those working "over the hill" in San Jose and Santa Clara. 

Overview for Scotts Valley, CA

12,317 people live in Scotts Valley, where the median age is 46.3 and the average individual income is $60,639. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Scotts Valley, CA

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

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Explore popular things to do in the area, including Anzani Cider, Outback Trading Company, and Patti Kiersted Training.

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Dining 0.89 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.41 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.65 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.97 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.09 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.4 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Scotts Valley, CA

Scotts Valley has 4,831 households, with an average household size of 2.51. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Scotts Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 12,317 people call Scotts Valley home. The population density is 2,666.92 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Scotts Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Scotts Valley. 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.
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McP Middle & High School
6th - 12th
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California Connections Academy Monterey Bay
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