Brookdale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Brookdale sits at an elevation of 545 feet (166 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.
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 still in use and it is rumored to be haunted by Sarah Logan, a niece of the owner, who drowned in the creek within the lodge in 1912.. The lodge was purchased by a new owner in 2007 and has undergone renovations