What we're about

We enjoy “community” and authentic engagement. We want to feel connected to our neighbors, and learn to live together interdependently. We celebrate diversity and stand for justice, healing, and the rights of all humans, plants, animals and the earth. We strive for equity and support the efforts of marginalized communities to gain equal access to resources, amenities and well-being. We seek to leverage our privileges for the benefit of the land's original people and work towards right relationship.

We support permaculture, earth building, co-housing, ecovillage and transition movements: means of restoring health for our environment and humanity. We want to learn from the neighborhoods in Los Angeles that are doing things right – where is community already working and why?

These efforts will not be sustainable until they are accessible to everyone. What kinds of changes can we make to our city's ideas of ownership and enterprise, to make it easier for folks to live here?

Join us for council gatherings: real conversations where every person’s voice is heard. Held in locations throughout our city, the talks give us a chance to experience many versions of community. We’ll uncover common ground and shared concerns and work toward real solutions. Guest speakers will help us explore the issues we’re curious about. We’ll visit functioning communities and take workshops to build our skills. The possibilities for this group are limitless – expect to see spin-off collaborations and new communities forming as like-minded members find each other at our events. We are a community ourselves!

This group was originally a part of the You Are : Here collaborative project between artists Jennifer Kane and Beth Ann Morrison in the Public Practice graduate program at Otis College of Art and Design. Together, Beth Ann and Jenny created a transformable trailer that served as a mobile platform for engagement in the Antelope Valley desert communities of Littlerock and Sun Village. The artists sought to bring people together to share their stories, preserve their history and learn from one another. The trailer’s yellow and white umbrella has become a recognizable symbol for finding our local place in this global community.

Upcoming events (2)

Phoenix Commons Senior Cohousing (Oakland, CA) Virtual Open House

Network event

4 attendees from 8 groups hosting

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We welcome you to Phoenix Commons, our San Francisco Bay Area 55+ cohousing community. We look forward to meeting you from wherever you call home. Join this virtual Open House and get to meet several of our members. Come with all of your questions!

Our community lives in a modern, environmentally friendly building located in the vibrant Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland, CA and is situated along the beautiful Oakland Estuary. (The only US cohousing with an ocean-going dock!)

Many of our units come with sunset views over the San Francisco Bay. We currently have one available unit for sale.

Please enjoy watching this video of our indoor and outdoor living spaces:

On our website, you will find more details about our community. We think you will especially enjoy visiting Our Members page to find out who lives at Phoenix Commons!

If you’d like to drop by for our Zoom Open House, please RSVP on this page or via the East Bay Cohousing website:

We look forward to seeing you! The Zoom link will be visible to folks who RSVP. Be sure to check the time in your local time zone (1 PM Pacific).

P.S. from Raines: Join this virtual Open House to meet a few of the incredibly diverse residents, with lots of deep life experience. Could it be for you? Even if you don't live in the area, it is worth coming at least once to get to meet these folks.

The Commons:A Monthly Gathering for the Cohousing Curious

Network event

7 attendees from 19 groups hosting

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  • Curious about cohousing but don’t know where to start?
  • Want to meet with cohousing newbies and experts alike?

This (free) monthly gathering, organized by the National Cohousing Association (Coho/US) will include a Cohousing 101 presentation and ample time to connect and ask questions.

We’ll share cohousing lingo, best practices and more information on how to continue your cohousing journey.

Can't make it this time? No worries. Join us once, or every time – we’ll be here every month on the 10th at 10am MDT. (9 AM Pacific, 11 CDT, 12 Eastern)

(zoom link will be visible closer to the event day, after you RSVP)

Past events (99)

The Commons:A Monthly Gathering for the Cohousing Curious (w/open house review)

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