|• Total||3.847 sq mi (9.964 km2)|
|• Land||3.847n sq mi (9.964 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||405 ft (123 m)|
|• Density||520/sq mi (200/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||2582951|
|U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brookdale, California|
Brookdale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Brookdale sits at an elevation of 405 feet (123 m). It is located in the San Lorenzo Valley between Boulder Creek and Ben Lomond on Highway 9. The 2010 United States census reported Brookdale's population was 1,991.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 3.8 square miles (10.0 km²), all of it land.
Brookdale Inn & Spa
The Brookdale Inn & Spa, formerly known as the Brookdale Lodge, is known for the stream running through its primary restaurant, the Brook Room. The original lodge was built in 1890 by Judge James Harvey Logan at the site of the Grover Lumber Mill. Before Judge Logan's development, the area was known as Clear Creek and Brookville. The Lodge is no longer in use, due to closure because of several fire code violations, and some public health department concerns. It is rumored to be haunted by Sarah Logan, a niece of the owner, who drowned in the creek within the lodge in 1918. However, the stream through the inn was built after 1922 while it was owned by Dr. Camp. James Logan had one child, a daughter. The San Lorenzo Valley Museum have never found a record of a Sarah Logan. The lodge was purchased by a new owner in 2007 and has undergone renovations
On August 18, 2009 a fire engulfed a two-story section of the lodge near the rear of the main building that contains apartments mostly occupied by lodge employees. There were no reports of injuries to anybody staying at the inn, though some firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the blaze.
There have been two other large fires at the Lodge, the first fire occurred on October 24, 1956. In that fire the dining room and an adjoining 12-room house were destroyed. A group of stores adjacent to the dining room were also badly damaged. Damage from the 1956 fire was estimated at $200,000. The second fire occurred in 2005 in the same area of the main hotel as the 2009 fire.
The origin of the fire is still under investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping to determine the cause of the three-alarm fire. According to the Boulder Creek Fire Chief the fire started under suspicious circumstances.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Brookdale had a population of 1,991. The population density was 517.5 people per square mile (199.8/km²). The racial makeup of Brookdale was 1,790 (89.9%) White, 9 (0.5%) African American, 12 (0.6%) Native American, 19 (1.0%) Asian, 8 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 66 (3.3%) from other races, and 87 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 202 persons (10.1%).
The Census reported that 100% of the population lived in households.
There were 806 households, out of which 235 (29.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 352 (43.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 75 (9.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 43 (5.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 75 (9.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 8 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 242 households (30.0%) were made up of individuals and 44 (5.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47. There were 470 families (58.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.09.
The population was spread out with 425 people (21.3%) under the age of 18, 155 people (7.8%) aged 18 to 24, 494 people (24.8%) aged 25 to 44, 751 people (37.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 166 people (8.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.
There were 912 housing units at an average density of 237.1 per square mile (91.5/km²), of which 61.0% were owner-occupied and 39.0% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.8%. 65.4% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 34.6% lived in rental housing units.
- U.S. Census
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brookdale, California
- Index to Leon Rowland’s Card Files, UCSC University Library Special Collections, Transcribed & Indexed by Joan Gilbert Martin & Stanley D. Stevens 2004-2005 Accessed 2007-01-18
- Haunted Bay, "Brookdale Lodge" Accessed 2007-01-18
- Ross Eric Gibson, San Jose Mercury News, October 19, 1993, "Historical Memories Haunt Brookdale", accessed May 18, 2007
- James Harvey Logan
- Coast Lines, October 27th, 2007: Brookdale / Brookdale Lodge Sells for $5.3M
- Amid Renovations, a History of Negligence Haunts Brookdale Lodge.
- Ramona Turner and Kurtis Alexander, Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 19th, 2009,"Fire chars historic Brookdale Inn:", accessed April 30, 2010
- Crime Watch, CBS News, August 21st, 2009,"ATF Joins Brookdale Lodge Fire Investigation", accessed April 30, 2010
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- Brookdale Inn & Spa (new website)