New Brighton Cohousing

Aptos, California, United States

  • Last updated: April 21, 2017 (1 month ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We are interested in living sustainably as a community with committees to manage the organization and affinity groups to maintain the property. Although we are in a business partnership together, we also have strong social connections.

Community Description

New Brighton Cohousing is an owner-occupied townhouse community, located at 6010-6034 Soquel Drive in Aptos, California, less than one mile from the beach. It was formed out of the umbrella organization Santa Cruz Cohousing and was established in the fall of 2007.

Currently we are a community of 19 adult members, three children, four cats and three dogs. About half the community works or has worked in social services and the other half in education, the sciences, medicine, and planning. Our ages range from 2 to 81. We enjoy each other’s company and share a common interest in living more sustainably.

The property consists of 11 individually owned 2-story townhomes in 3 buildings, and one 1600-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, all situated around a central courtyard. We use the house as our common house, with kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a children’s room, and guest room.

Community amenities include two group meals per week, a guest room, dining and meeting space, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, common garden and orchard.

Our community is designed, owned, and managed by the residents. Membership requires participation in meal preparation once a month, active participation on a committee and an affinity group as well as participation in quarterly community-wide work parties. As much as possible, we do the maintenance and upkeep of the property ourselves.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2001
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: New Brighton Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    6020 Soquel Drive
    Aptos, California, 95003
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.9 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 11
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    The homes were built in 1978, and the common house in the 1940s


  • Adult Members: 19
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    For more information or to arrange a visit, please send an email to [email protected]

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Currently we have two units for sale.

    Prospective members must qualify for the loan, attend business, committee and affinity group meetings, attend a community dinner and perhaps participate in a work party. We want to make sure there is a good fit and that the buyer understands what it means to live in cohousing.

  • Additional Comments:

    Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker/Pagan, Eastern and non-religious so far

    No restrictions on what type of education is chosen


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a business meeting on Sunday afternoon, once a month.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    With another person, each member pays for and prepares a dinner for the community once a month. All levels of cooking are accepted.

    Washer/dryer use is $3 a load.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We eat together Sunday and Wednesday evenings and accommodate individual needs – vegan and food allergies. Everyone shows up for meals unless they sign out ahead of time.

    We have a small vegetable garden and fruit orchard.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US