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

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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:
    https://vimeo.com/218991756

    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!
    http://www.phoenixcommons.com/

    If you’d like to drop by for our Zoom Open House, please RSVP via the East Bay Cohousing website:
    https://www.ebcoho.org/eb_phx_virtual_open_20230204

    We look forward to seeing you! The Zoom link will be visible to folks who RSVP, closer to the event date. 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.

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing (Northern CA) Tour (Virtual)

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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.

    RSVP directly via East Bay Cohousing’s website:
    https://www.ebcoho.org/ebcoho_phch_tour_20230205

    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:
    https://www.ebcoho.org/Pleasant_Hill/

    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:

    https://www.CohousingOpen.org/

    ## 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.

    Location

    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.

  • Cooperatives as Tool for Inclusive Communities:Sarah Wells (Cohousing Institute)

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    Cooperatives have a rich history in the landscape of the community housing movement.

    This session will explore different types of cooperative housing, provide examples of co-ownership as a means to create small-scale communities, and showcase new and existing communities that are integrating cooperatives into their plans.

    Join us for an interactive conversation designed to spark creative solutions around shared resources and community housing.

    A program of the Cohousing Institute, run by the National Cohousing Association (CohoUS).

    RSVP here on MeetUp or at:
    https://www.ebcoho.org/cooperatives_inclusive_20230206

    Cohousing Open network notes: While most US cohousing neighborhoods are set up as condominiums, we are part of a larger movement building cooperative culture, including some housing cooperatives. Some in the latter movement may forget that cooperative is an adjective, not just a noun. They may or may not have shared meals and shared spaces, although democratic resident leadership is a key feature.

    About the Speaker
    Sarah is passionate about empowering people and businesses through ownership.
    She enthusiastically jumped into real estate after she and her partner found a 5,000-square-foot house in Capitol Hill (Denver, Colorado), recruited members, and together transformed it into the democratically-run and cooperatively-owned Queen City Cooperative.
    Her previous background includes nonprofit and sustainability as well as marketing and community relations, so it’s no surprise that she loves enfranchising artists, activists, and entrepreneurs through property ownership.
    Considered an expert in collective living, co-buying, and a champion for housing innovation, Sarah thrives in finding creative solutions and spaces for all.

  • The Commons:A Monthly Gathering for the Cohousing Curious (and experts too!)

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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 MT. (9 AM Pacific, 11 CST, 12 Eastern)

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

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Open House, Potluck & Work Day

    Kingfisher Cohousing

    This is an in-person open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual.

    Please join us to get to know our little community, share a potluck lunch and tour the property, and if you have time, stick around to work in the garden.

    We'll have a one bedroom apartment available in February or March, and another in June, ready for new members! Come join us at this real, in-person open house, see our cohousing community and tour the apartments. When we have openings, they usually go to people who have been coming to our gatherings. We like to meet someone at least 3 times before they submit an application.

    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project, an EBCOHO Supporting Member Group. Please check the group's website for more about the community and the apartment, and more pictures:

    http://www.brookdalecommons.org/

    ***

    The Open House:

    Potluck lunch at noon. We'll eat outdoors unless it's raining. Keep in mind that not all of us are vaccinated, so only come if you're comfortable with mixed company. We're fine with you, whatever your vaccine status!

    Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us.

    We appreciate Meetup RSVP's but drop-ins are welcome too, if you make last-minute plans. If you get a chance, fill out this form on our website : http://www.brookdalecommons.org/finance/ and tell us something about yourself. While you're there, check our calendar. We almost always host an open house on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    ***

    About Our Community:

    We are currently a community of six households with the potential to
    grow to 9. We're constructing a common house, which is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

    We love to gather in our beautiful courtyard. This kept us from being isolated during the pandemic, especially those of us who are single and working from home. This is a great place to work from home.

    Even in this urban space there are lots of places to grow flowers and food. The bees and hummingbirds love our garden, and we're growing tomatoes, figs, cucumbers, squash, string beans and peas.

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Open House, Potluck & Work Day

    Kingfisher Cohousing

    This is an in-person open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual.

    Please join us to get to know our little community, share a potluck lunch and tour the property, and if you have time, stick around to work in the garden.

    We'll have a one bedroom apartment available in February or March, and another in June, ready for new members! Come join us at this real, in-person open house, see our cohousing community and tour the apartments. When we have openings, they usually go to people who have been coming to our gatherings. We like to meet someone at least 3 times before they submit an application.

    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project, an EBCOHO Supporting Member Group. Please check the group's website for more about the community and the apartment, and more pictures:

    http://www.brookdalecommons.org/

    ***

    The Open House:

    Potluck lunch at noon. We'll eat outdoors unless it's raining. Keep in mind that not all of us are vaccinated, so only come if you're comfortable with mixed company. We're fine with you, whatever your vaccine status!

    Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us.

    We appreciate Meetup RSVP's but drop-ins are welcome too, if you make last-minute plans. If you get a chance, fill out this form on our website : http://www.brookdalecommons.org/finance/ and tell us something about yourself. While you're there, check our calendar. We almost always host an open house on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    ***

    About Our Community:

    We are currently a community of six households with the potential to
    grow to 9. We're constructing a common house, which is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

    We love to gather in our beautiful courtyard. This kept us from being isolated during the pandemic, especially those of us who are single and working from home. This is a great place to work from home.

    Even in this urban space there are lots of places to grow flowers and food. The bees and hummingbirds love our garden, and we're growing tomatoes, figs, cucumbers, squash, string beans and peas.

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Open House, Potluck & Work Day

    Kingfisher Cohousing

    This is an in-person open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual.

    Please join us to get to know our little community, share a potluck lunch and tour the property, and if you have time, stick around to work in the garden.

    We'll have a one bedroom apartment available in February or March, and another in June, ready for new members! Come join us at this real, in-person open house, see our cohousing community and tour the apartments. When we have openings, they usually go to people who have been coming to our gatherings. We like to meet someone at least 3 times before they submit an application.

    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project, an EBCOHO Supporting Member Group. Please check the group's website for more about the community and the apartment, and more pictures:

    http://www.brookdalecommons.org/

    ***

    The Open House:

    Potluck lunch at noon. We'll eat outdoors unless it's raining. Keep in mind that not all of us are vaccinated, so only come if you're comfortable with mixed company. We're fine with you, whatever your vaccine status!

    Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us.

    We appreciate Meetup RSVP's but drop-ins are welcome too, if you make last-minute plans. If you get a chance, fill out this form on our website : http://www.brookdalecommons.org/finance/ and tell us something about yourself. While you're there, check our calendar. We almost always host an open house on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    ***

    About Our Community:

    We are currently a community of six households with the potential to
    grow to 9. We're constructing a common house, which is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

    We love to gather in our beautiful courtyard. This kept us from being isolated during the pandemic, especially those of us who are single and working from home. This is a great place to work from home.

    Even in this urban space there are lots of places to grow flowers and food. The bees and hummingbirds love our garden, and we're growing tomatoes, figs, cucumbers, squash, string beans and peas.

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Open House, Potluck & Work Day

    Kingfisher Cohousing

    This is an in-person open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual.

    Please join us to get to know our little community, share a potluck lunch and tour the property, and if you have time, stick around to work in the garden.

    We'll have a one bedroom apartment available in February or March, and another in June, ready for new members! Come join us at this real, in-person open house, see our cohousing community and tour the apartments. When we have openings, they usually go to people who have been coming to our gatherings. We like to meet someone at least 3 times before they submit an application.

    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project, an EBCOHO Supporting Member Group. Please check the group's website for more about the community and the apartment, and more pictures:

    http://www.brookdalecommons.org/

    ***

    The Open House:

    Potluck lunch at noon. We'll eat outdoors unless it's raining. Keep in mind that not all of us are vaccinated, so only come if you're comfortable with mixed company. We're fine with you, whatever your vaccine status!

    Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us.

    We appreciate Meetup RSVP's but drop-ins are welcome too, if you make last-minute plans. If you get a chance, fill out this form on our website : http://www.brookdalecommons.org/finance/ and tell us something about yourself. While you're there, check our calendar. We almost always host an open house on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    ***

    About Our Community:

    We are currently a community of six households with the potential to
    grow to 9. We're constructing a common house, which is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

    We love to gather in our beautiful courtyard. This kept us from being isolated during the pandemic, especially those of us who are single and working from home. This is a great place to work from home.

    Even in this urban space there are lots of places to grow flowers and food. The bees and hummingbirds love our garden, and we're growing tomatoes, figs, cucumbers, squash, string beans and peas.

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Open House, Potluck & Work Day

    Kingfisher Cohousing

    This is an in-person open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual.

    Please join us to get to know our little community, share a potluck lunch and tour the property, and if you have time, stick around to work in the garden.

    We'll have a one bedroom apartment available in February or March, and another in June, ready for new members! Come join us at this real, in-person open house, see our cohousing community and tour the apartments. When we have openings, they usually go to people who have been coming to our gatherings. We like to meet someone at least 3 times before they submit an application.

    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project, an EBCOHO Supporting Member Group. Please check the group's website for more about the community and the apartment, and more pictures:

    http://www.brookdalecommons.org/

    ***

    The Open House:

    Potluck lunch at noon. We'll eat outdoors unless it's raining. Keep in mind that not all of us are vaccinated, so only come if you're comfortable with mixed company. We're fine with you, whatever your vaccine status!

    Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us.

    We appreciate Meetup RSVP's but drop-ins are welcome too, if you make last-minute plans. If you get a chance, fill out this form on our website : http://www.brookdalecommons.org/finance/ and tell us something about yourself. While you're there, check our calendar. We almost always host an open house on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    ***

    About Our Community:

    We are currently a community of six households with the potential to
    grow to 9. We're constructing a common house, which is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

    We love to gather in our beautiful courtyard. This kept us from being isolated during the pandemic, especially those of us who are single and working from home. This is a great place to work from home.

    Even in this urban space there are lots of places to grow flowers and food. The bees and hummingbirds love our garden, and we're growing tomatoes, figs, cucumbers, squash, string beans and peas.

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Open House, Potluck & Work Day

    Kingfisher Cohousing

    This is an in-person open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual.

    Please join us to get to know our little community, share a potluck lunch and tour the property, and if you have time, stick around to work in the garden.

    We'll have a one bedroom apartment available in February or March, and another in June, ready for new members! Come join us at this real, in-person open house, see our cohousing community and tour the apartments. When we have openings, they usually go to people who have been coming to our gatherings. We like to meet someone at least 3 times before they submit an application.

    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project, an EBCOHO Supporting Member Group. Please check the group's website for more about the community and the apartment, and more pictures:

    http://www.brookdalecommons.org/

    ***

    The Open House:

    Potluck lunch at noon. We'll eat outdoors unless it's raining. Keep in mind that not all of us are vaccinated, so only come if you're comfortable with mixed company. We're fine with you, whatever your vaccine status!

    Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us.

    We appreciate Meetup RSVP's but drop-ins are welcome too, if you make last-minute plans. If you get a chance, fill out this form on our website : http://www.brookdalecommons.org/finance/ and tell us something about yourself. While you're there, check our calendar. We almost always host an open house on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

    ***

    About Our Community:

    We are currently a community of six households with the potential to
    grow to 9. We're constructing a common house, which is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

    We love to gather in our beautiful courtyard. This kept us from being isolated during the pandemic, especially those of us who are single and working from home. This is a great place to work from home.

    Even in this urban space there are lots of places to grow flowers and food. The bees and hummingbirds love our garden, and we're growing tomatoes, figs, cucumbers, squash, string beans and peas.