APTOS — Sereno Group, a commercial and residential realtor, was the first business to open its doors in the Aptos Village Project.

On Jan. 25, the folks inside the business were adjusting to their new environs, said Coastal Regional Manager Gina Odom said.

“We are excited to get into the new space and we’re looking forward to seeing the overall project further develop,” she said.

Odom said the business, which is relocating from its previous spot on nearby Spreckels Drive, has 25 agents on board, along with two staff members. Odom said she was happy to learn that the Cat & Cloud Coffee Co. will soon be opening next door to her place, which is a business that has two other locations in Santa Cruz.

“All our agents live in Aptos and we’re happy to be a part of this community,” Odom said. “We’re a business that regularly gives back to the community.”

She added that in 2018 Sereno Group handed more than $82,000 to local nonprofits and in 2017 they turned over $76,000 to nonprofits.

Aptos Village will soon include the New Leaf Community Markets, among scores of other businesses.

“We’re excited to be joining the community and bringing fresh, organic, locally sourced food to Aptos Village,” New Leaf’s website reads. “As is often the case with working in historic spaces, we’ve encountered a few challenges in our restoration and retrofitting of the Hihn Apple Barn. Despite these hiccups, construction is ongoing and we’re excited about our progress.”

The overall project includes 19 condos and 28 townhouses in the first phase of the two-phase project.

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