Pot Belly & Las Olas Beaches

New Brighton

The incredibly unique and beautiful New Brighton community has been built on the sand and on top of a bluff with stunning ocean views. The homes here are mostly luxury oceanfront property, peaceful and secluded from the more populated areas of Santa Cruz. The nearby New Brighton State Park provides plenty of exploration, camping, fishing, and more. Read more about New Brighton homes for sale.

New Brighton, California cliffs and beach

New Brighton Home Statistics

Average Home Price $3.8M
Lowest Priced Home $3.8M
Highest Listing Price $3.8M
Total Property Listings 1
Avg. Price/SQFT $4.9K

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Originally a Chinese fishing community, New Brighton was known as China Beach in the 1800s until the state park was established. The community’s name was then changed, in honor of the seaside resort in England. Through the beach is a major draw, it's kind of a hidden gem or well-kept secret, as most who visit New Brighton State Beach are residents. Of course, sometimes a few tourists will make their way here!

When it comes to real estate in New Brighton, the area features a selection of condos and single-family homes, with some of the most desirable properties having direct access to the sand and Santa Cruz waters. No two properties are the same, as some are traditional beach houses with cedar shingles, while others are chic and contemporary styles. The luxurious beach homes in New Brighton sit quite literally on the sand, while those situated further from the water have easy access to nearby amenities, such as Capitola Village. New Brighton properties are sought after from their privacy, stunning views, and quiet natural surroundings.

A couple of common features the homes share including large windows to let in a lot of natural light, as well as extended sundecks or patios, which are perfect for soaking up all the Santa Cruz area rays. Newer builds have a very earthy yet chic look and design, boasting those same large windows (and sometimes skylights), modern fixtures, recessed lighting, smart home automation systems, cedar wood finishes, vaulted ceilings, wooden-plank flooring, stylish kitchens with the latest appliances, and remarkable spa-like bathrooms. Each room takes advantage of the views off into the distance, especially the condos situated on the cliffs, which offer exceptional views.

Homes that were built in the last decade or so are still timeless builds with a nice beachy vibe. Homes for sale feature open floor concepts, between 1,800 square feet to 4,000 square feet, accommodating 3 to 5 bedrooms and bathrooms. Due to being located in such a prime area of Santa Cruz County, New Brighton real estate is up there in terms of value, as the homes are full of character and quality.

Interested in learning more about New Brighton, California homes? Contact us online or call 1-831-345-0338 for more information about buying and selling a home in New Brighton and other communities in the Santa Cruz area.

The New Brighton Housing Market

The New Brighton real estate market presents a variety of single-family homes and condos for sale and many of these are desired for their location sitting atop cliffs, commanding expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. This bluff-top neighborhood also features scenic views of the adjacent New Brighton State Park, known for its long sandy beaches, spectacular vistas, and the nearby forest of Monterey Pine and Coastal Live Oak trees.

Residents of New Brighton homes enjoy quick access to the beach and state park, as well as Capitola Village. This is a chance for you to experience waterfront living with some of the most stunning sunsets known to mankind.

Life in New Brighton, CA

New Brighton is peaceful yet close to important points of interest. The quaint seaside village of Capitola is only a 5-minute drive from home where you can visit the iconic bayfront promenade. Enjoy a cocktail and dinner at Zelda’s On The Beach while the sun melts away for the day. Basic shopping needs are found 20 minutes away in Watsonville at the Watsonville Shopping Center.

The best thing to do in New Brighton beach is to enjoy the epitome of relaxed Santa Cruz living, right in the comfort of your own home. New Brighton's homes offer a lifestyle that’s full of sun and solitude. Sitting on your deck while taking in the views is one way to start and finish your day. Listening to the gentle sound of the ocean and putting your feet in the sand never gets old at Pot Belly Beach!

New Brighton State Beach is popular amongst residents and amongst people visiting from other parts of the world for its abundant marine life. Much as a reef does, the SS Palo Alto concrete freighter nearby the beach attracts a lot of wildlife. The Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach offers a chance to take a closer look at the various species, and the origins and cultures of this area. Many people love to experience the negative tide by walking the 2-mile roundtrip excursions along the beach from New Brighton to Capitola, just before sunset! Friends and family can also camp at the park, but reservations well-in-advance or recommended.

Schools Near New Brighton Homes

  • Mission Hill Middle School
  • Soquel High School
  • Harbor High School
  • Santa Cruz High School
  • University of California Santa Cruz

FAQs About New Brighton

Q: Are you allowed to swim at New Brighton State Beach?
A: Yes, you can swim at New Brighton Beach during the summer, however the area is generally better known as a camping, hiking, and fishing destination.

Q: What is New Brighton most well-known for?
A: New Brighton is a small community most well-known for its stunning views of the water and its scenic properties. It's also located close to Capitola Beach. 

Q: What kind of wildlife can I see in New Brighton? 
A: Because of its location right on the ocean, overlooking Monterey Bay, visitors and residents may be able to spot wildlife in the area. You might find rock crabs, salmon, mackerel, sea lions, whales, and more in the New Brighton area.

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