• Buying a house together - for Mini Retrofit Cohousing Project (S. Berkeley)

    Our Mini-Retrofit Cohousing group invites you to: Build community while participating in a renovation project. Come learn about how we are pursuing alternative financing through NACA. The project could be a multi unit, 2 or more houses on one larger lot, or a larger single family house zoned for multi unit or appropriate for ADU (accessory dwelling unit) expansion. We are focusing on neighborhoods in Oakland from San Antonio Square to North Oakland and Berkeley. The vision for our Mini (4 units or less) Retrofit (reconfigure / improve an existing structure) Co Housing project is to find a house with good structure and some raw attic or basement space for expansion potential on a larger lot that will allow us to: - do repairs needed (sanding floors, upgrade systems) to move in within 1 - 2 months and stop paying rent. - once moved in, do a quick (4 - 6 month) renovation / expansion to increase the amount of living space to accommodate all partners comfortably. - have native and edible landscape as well as solar installation - be an example of using the economy of scale of group purchase to help establish other communities - with a group purchase, the cost per square foot goes down as the house price and square footage go up. We are 70% funded to buy a decent-sized place, have done a lot of the financial and legal legwork already, and have a team in place: a real estate agent, mortgage broker and real estate lawyer. with a third partner, we could purchase this in the Clinton area / estimated selling price 750k - https://www.redfin.com/CA/Oakland/1441-11th-Ave-94606/home/1964055 if we had 2 more partners, we could bid on this, in the Bella Vista area, estimated selling price 1.1 M - https://www.redfin.com/CA/Oakland/1020-Bella-Vista-Ave-94610/home/1802716 Join members Julie and Pete for a focused look at the opportunities and challenges involved in cooperatively buying and developing an existing property with others in Oakland. Even as costs in Oakland have recently increased by an average of 10% per year, it is possible to reduce the costs and increase the enjoyment of buying and owning property by taking advantage of the economy of scale of a group purchase, having the capacity as a group to do moderate work to improve / expand an existing property as well as other efficiencies available through cohousing - sharing larger common and yard spaces, laundry facility, etc. Our vision for the community and type of house we want is here - https://docs.google.com/document/d/19DBZaEW25mDQ9r_wggKcp-RlddIIPNMCnqkoTqTlmO4/edit?usp=sharing If you are new to the group, or have attended, but not yet filled out our questionnaire - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EzHoiHItotdCdhVcJ3GiRS93OHpC8qcsio9K-BV4tFQ/edit We have recently been going to open houses and have done detailed analysis on a couple of potential target properties in Oakland. We will be discussing what we have learned about the current housing market and feasibility of taking on a project using examples as test cases. Please also bring sample properties of projects that may interest you as well for us to discuss. Buying an older property costs less per square foot than one already remodeled. What has worked well? What are the pitfalls to avoid? What are the tradeoffs between time and cost now and later? Pete has background in this area, having completed a studs out home renovation, managing contractors as well as leading hands on construction. We have currently secured 70% funding for the project and are looking for one or two more partners who share our vision. If you think this might work for you, are already actively looking for partners and property, or just curious, here's a chance to meet other EBCOHO members who are willing to roll up their sleeves to co-create safe affordable homes with you. Please tell your friends who may also be interested. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly VIRTUAL tour

    Location visible to members

    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. ****We currently have a 2BR/1.5BA townhome for sale**** More info here: https://www.cohousing.org/classifieds-2/show-ad/?id=15594 Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/), the only "new-build" classic cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community. Note that this is not an official MeetUp run by EBCOHO, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here, and you can use this event listing to coordinate carpooling, bike riding, and the like. Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/) page on the EBCOHO MeetUp for more info, links, and current openings. If you need to cancel your reservation, or decide not to go, please let Pleasant Hill's volunteer tour guide know as soon as possible! 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 corrogated 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 that has 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 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, Terra Firma Farms, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and vegies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.

  • East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting (at PLACE near E'Ville)

    a PLACE for sustainable living

    We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of amazing and inspiring permaculture projects, it is time to for all the people behind those projects, and anyone interested in permaculture, to come together and find new ways to connect, collaborate, discuss and share resources. Note: While this is not a cohousing-specific gathering, we know lots of EBCOHO members are interested in co-creating natural environments for living that include sustainable food production, and you can find many allies for building community at gatherings like this. And while permaculture is stereotypically about plants and animals, don't forget that it ultimately includes energy and social layers, and cohousing can be a key building block in sustainable community living. Join area permies at our regional community-organizing center, EBCOHO partner a PLACE for Sustainable Living in North Oakland on the second Monday of the month for an East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting. Please bring your questions, announcements, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge through the transition as we co-create a more permanent culture based on Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. If possible please bring a dish for the potluck, produce or seeds to share. Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. Donations to help support PLACE are always appreciated. About PLACE (http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org/) (People Linking Art, Community and Ecology): We foster sustainable living practices through art, community and ecology. We do this by way of educational workshops and exhibits, outreach programs, partnerships, events and public placemaking.

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly VIRTUAL tour

    Location visible to members

    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. ****We currently have a 2BR/1.5BA townhome for sale**** More info here: https://www.cohousing.org/classifieds-2/show-ad/?id=15594 Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/), the only "new-build" classic cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community. Note that this is not an official MeetUp run by EBCOHO, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here, and you can use this event listing to coordinate carpooling, bike riding, and the like. Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/) page on the EBCOHO MeetUp for more info, links, and current openings. If you need to cancel your reservation, or decide not to go, please let Pleasant Hill's volunteer tour guide know as soon as possible! 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 corrogated 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 that has 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 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, Terra Firma Farms, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and vegies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.

  • East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting (at PLACE near E'Ville)

    a PLACE for sustainable living

    We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of amazing and inspiring permaculture projects, it is time to for all the people behind those projects, and anyone interested in permaculture, to come together and find new ways to connect, collaborate, discuss and share resources. Note: While this is not a cohousing-specific gathering, we know lots of EBCOHO members are interested in co-creating natural environments for living that include sustainable food production, and you can find many allies for building community at gatherings like this. And while permaculture is stereotypically about plants and animals, don't forget that it ultimately includes energy and social layers, and cohousing can be a key building block in sustainable community living. Join area permies at our regional community-organizing center, EBCOHO partner a PLACE for Sustainable Living in North Oakland on the second Monday of the month for an East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting. Please bring your questions, announcements, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge through the transition as we co-create a more permanent culture based on Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. If possible please bring a dish for the potluck, produce or seeds to share. Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. Donations to help support PLACE are always appreciated. About PLACE (http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org/) (People Linking Art, Community and Ecology): We foster sustainable living practices through art, community and ecology. We do this by way of educational workshops and exhibits, outreach programs, partnerships, events and public placemaking.

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly VIRTUAL tour

    Location visible to members

    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. ****We currently have a 2BR/1.5BA townhome for sale**** More info here: https://www.cohousing.org/classifieds-2/show-ad/?id=15594 Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/), the only "new-build" classic cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community. Note that this is not an official MeetUp run by EBCOHO, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here, and you can use this event listing to coordinate carpooling, bike riding, and the like. Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/) page on the EBCOHO MeetUp for more info, links, and current openings. If you need to cancel your reservation, or decide not to go, please let Pleasant Hill's volunteer tour guide know as soon as possible! 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 corrogated 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 that has 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 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, Terra Firma Farms, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and vegies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.

  • East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting (at PLACE near E'Ville)

    a PLACE for sustainable living

    We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of amazing and inspiring permaculture projects, it is time to for all the people behind those projects, and anyone interested in permaculture, to come together and find new ways to connect, collaborate, discuss and share resources. Note: While this is not a cohousing-specific gathering, we know lots of EBCOHO members are interested in co-creating natural environments for living that include sustainable food production, and you can find many allies for building community at gatherings like this. And while permaculture is stereotypically about plants and animals, don't forget that it ultimately includes energy and social layers, and cohousing can be a key building block in sustainable community living. Join area permies at our regional community-organizing center, EBCOHO partner a PLACE for Sustainable Living in North Oakland on the second Monday of the month for an East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting. Please bring your questions, announcements, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge through the transition as we co-create a more permanent culture based on Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. If possible please bring a dish for the potluck, produce or seeds to share. Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. Donations to help support PLACE are always appreciated. About PLACE (http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org/) (People Linking Art, Community and Ecology): We foster sustainable living practices through art, community and ecology. We do this by way of educational workshops and exhibits, outreach programs, partnerships, events and public placemaking.

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly VIRTUAL tour

    Location visible to members

    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. ****We currently have a 2BR/1.5BA townhome for sale**** More info here: https://www.cohousing.org/classifieds-2/show-ad/?id=15594 Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/), the only "new-build" classic cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community. Note that this is not an official MeetUp run by EBCOHO, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here, and you can use this event listing to coordinate carpooling, bike riding, and the like. Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/) page on the EBCOHO MeetUp for more info, links, and current openings. If you need to cancel your reservation, or decide not to go, please let Pleasant Hill's volunteer tour guide know as soon as possible! 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 corrogated 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 that has 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 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, Terra Firma Farms, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and vegies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.

  • East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting (at PLACE near E'Ville)

    a PLACE for sustainable living

    We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of amazing and inspiring permaculture projects, it is time to for all the people behind those projects, and anyone interested in permaculture, to come together and find new ways to connect, collaborate, discuss and share resources. Note: While this is not a cohousing-specific gathering, we know lots of EBCOHO members are interested in co-creating natural environments for living that include sustainable food production, and you can find many allies for building community at gatherings like this. And while permaculture is stereotypically about plants and animals, don't forget that it ultimately includes energy and social layers, and cohousing can be a key building block in sustainable community living. Join area permies at our regional community-organizing center, EBCOHO partner a PLACE for Sustainable Living in North Oakland on the second Monday of the month for an East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting. Please bring your questions, announcements, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge through the transition as we co-create a more permanent culture based on Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. If possible please bring a dish for the potluck, produce or seeds to share. Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. Donations to help support PLACE are always appreciated. About PLACE (http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org/) (People Linking Art, Community and Ecology): We foster sustainable living practices through art, community and ecology. We do this by way of educational workshops and exhibits, outreach programs, partnerships, events and public placemaking.

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly VIRTUAL tour

    Location visible to members

    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. ****We currently have a 2BR/1.5BA townhome for sale**** More info here: https://www.cohousing.org/classifieds-2/show-ad/?id=15594 Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/), the only "new-build" classic cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community. Note that this is not an official MeetUp run by EBCOHO, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here, and you can use this event listing to coordinate carpooling, bike riding, and the like. Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's (http://www.ebcoho.org/pages/Pleasant_Hill/) page on the EBCOHO MeetUp for more info, links, and current openings. If you need to cancel your reservation, or decide not to go, please let Pleasant Hill's volunteer tour guide know as soon as possible! 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 corrogated 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 that has 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 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, Terra Firma Farms, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and vegies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.