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)

Pleasant Hill Cohousing Virtual Tour (NorCal)

Network event

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Join the regular monthly community virtual tour and open house of the San Francisco East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill Cohousing (PHCH), the first "new-build" intergenerational cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community.

NOTE: this event is the first Sunday, may 1. Not the 8th.

This long-established cohousing neighborhood has been hosting this tour every month for decades (the first Sunday, except on holidays), regardless of whether or not there are openings. The tour is the first step on the path to membership, helping potential neighbors learn more and pre-filter themselves by learning about the community and the next steps in the process.

Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's page on the region's group site, East Bay Cohousing, for more info, links, and current openings:

This event is part of the Cohousing Open network of regional MeetUp groups supporting forming and established communities and cohousing seekers. Learn more about how you can get involved at:


## For more on other California communities visit: https://www.CalCoho.org/

Facts about PHCH:
There are 32 units, grouped in various configurations ranging from 2-6 homes per building. The buildings were constructed with wood framing, stucco outer walls, and corrugated metal roofing. The smallest units are 640 sq ft one-bedrooms; the largest are 1579 sq ft four-bedrooms.

Each home has its own kitchen. The homes are owned individually as condominiums, with some rentals.

Common Areas

Our 3,835 sq ft Common House contains a kitchen, dining room ("great room"), sitting room, laundry, kids room, teens/older kids room, crafts room, guest rooms, and bathrooms.

The Common House is the only building in the project built with air conditioning. However, to minimize the use of air conditioning, the building also has a cooling tower with large fans that can be used in the evening to pull cooler air into the building and push hot air out.

Other common facilities include swimming pool, hot tub, play area, workshop, bike shed, organic garden, and granite boulders from the original site - both decorative and used by children for climbing.


We're conveniently located near Highway 680 and public transportation, with easy access to Walnut Creek, shopping, and recreation.

Pleasant Hill, population 32,000, is located 30 miles east of San Francisco, 4 miles north of the I-680/Hwy 24 interchange. Mostly a residential community with scattered retail/commercial areas, it is bounded by the cities of Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Concord, and Martinez. In 2000, Pleasant Hill redeveloped its downtown to create a contemporary shopping district just blocks from the site. In addition, an abundance of good restaurants and shops are within easy driving distance. The city has good recreation programs for all ages and regional walking/biking trails traverse it.

Iron Horse Trail

A walking and biking trail - the Iron Horse Trail (so named because it's on the old Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way) - runs alongside the site and connects to the Pleasant Hill BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station (~1 mile) and downtown Walnut Creek (~4 miles). The 24-mile trail goes north-south from Concord to Dublin and connects to several other trails that traverse the county making for great biking opportunities.

A neighborhood park is located just the other side of Fair Oaks Elementary School adjacent to the site. Briones Regional Park and Mt. Diablo State Park are located nearby providing numerous opportunities for hiking and recreation. There are several health clubs in Pleasant Hill including the YMCA.

Diablo Valley Community College and JFK University are located in Pleasant Hill, and there are several city and county adult education programs in the area.

There are farmers markets in Pleasant Hill (May-Nov) and Walnut Creek (year-round). Several community members participate in a CSA farm, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and veggies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.

Phoenix Commons senior cohousing (Oakland, CA) virtual tour/meet members

Network event

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 tour and get to meet the members.

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!)

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

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 in your local MeetUp group 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: this is the first senior cohousing neighborhood where the members went through a "successful aging" class developed from the Danish national curriculum, as described in the senior cohousing book. See how it makes a difference in how residents can live long, healthy independent lives, with opportunities (not requirements) to take care of each other. And meet the incredible diverse people, with lots of deep life experience, who this way of living attracts -- could it be for you? Even if you're not in the area, it is worth coming at least once to get to meet these folks.

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