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

    a PLACE for sustainable living

    1121 64th St. (just West of San Pablo) · Oakland, CA

  • Kingfisher Cohousing Gardening, Tour and Potluck (Oakland/Upper Fruitvale)
    This is an opportunity to and learn more about this cohousing project. Please check our website for more about the community and available homes: http://www.brookdalecommons.org/ We hold a work day with potluck lunch and tour once a month. Come help us pull weeds and plant groundcover, then join us for a potluck lunch and tour of the available units. We'll be working in the garden from 10:00 to 12:00, then we'll have lunch and see the apartments. Drop-ins are welcome for any part of the activities. You can stick around after 1:00 if you have more questions, but the tour of the homes will only happen on schedule.

    Kingfisher Courtyard

    between 3116 and 3130 Brookdale Ave. · Oakland, CA

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  • Bay Area Community Land Trust Annual Meeting (S. Berkeley)
    Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT) supports permanently affordable group houses and housing cooperatives by holding title to land or buildings in trust, while supporting cooperative resident management. BACLT also offers training and technical assistance to new and existing housing cooperatives particularly on legal and financial best practices and startup issues. BACLT organized a great tour of senior cooperative housing communities in Berkeley and Davis in 2009, and converted a longtime group house into the first new limited-equity housing co-op in the area in decades. BACLT now owns and runs the Brown Shingle houses in South Berkeley. BACLT Membership is $25/year; you can join at the meeting if you wish. BACLT is a community partner of EBCOHO, so we're happy to introduce you. BACLT Executive Director Rick Lewis and other board members hail from area cooperative communities, and include other like-minded long-time communitarians. Raines served a term on the BACLT board of directors --- and Betsy won a great door prize at a previous gathering (a free massage from former BACLT Board member Gina Papen - thanks Gina!). * Hear an analysis of the November 6 election, with a focus on important housing measures * Hear about the activities BACLT has done in the past year and plan for the coming year * Get to learn about BACLT's newest property, Newton House, near Lake Merritt in Oakland, acquired in part with help from EBCOHO members who invested in the project. * Socialize with others who are interested in housing co-ops * Enjoy desserts and snacks and socialize with old and new friends and comrades * Exercise democracy and help elect members of the BACLT board. You must be a member to vote, but you can join or renew your BACLT membership at the meeting for $25. This year's continuing candidates for the BACLT board are: Beth Youhn, Marcia Edelen, Marie Whidden and Steve Barton. Note that the event is not focussed on cohousing but is about cooperative community - hopefully as an adjective, not just a noun. We will be rationing the # of EBCOHO RSVPs to make sure that we don't take over the meeting.

    Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library

    1901 Russell St. · Berkeley, CA

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  • Buying a house together - for Mini Retrofit Cohousing Project (S. Berkeley)
    Build community while participating in a renovation project. 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. Join members 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 We have recently been going to open houses and have done detailed analysis on a couple of potential target properties, one in Allendale in Oakland, one in Berkeley. We will be discussing what we have learned about the current housing market and feasibility of taking on a project using these examples as test cases. 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 60% 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. We're asking $10 per adult (free for kids and current supporting members of EBCOHO).

    Long Haul

    3124 Shattuck Ave · Berkeley, CA

    $10.00
  • Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour (Sacramento area)
    Learn about greater Sacramento's second cohousing project, now under construction in Fair Oaks (18 miles east of downtown Sacramento) on a lovely piece of land close to the American River Parkway and Fair Oaks Village. The project will include 30 homes, a large common house, and many other shared amenities. The design is similar to Nevada City Cohousing. Visit http://www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org to learn more. There will be discussion about cohousing and our cohousing project in particular followed by a tour of the site where we will be building our cohousing community. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Smokey Oaks Tavern or the Siam Patio Restaurant. We can carpool to the site. The tour will be led by future residents of Fair Oaks EcoHousing. Fair Oaks EcoHousing is a Cohousing California ( http://www.CalCoho.org/ ) supporting member group (part of the same umbrella network that includes East Bay Cohousing). Look for cohousing buttons, banners, or signs, or a bunch of enthusiastic people looking for new neighbors to join them in co-creating their future homes. Use your RSVP comments here for carpool coordination/invitation.

    Fair Oaks Coffee House and Deli

    10223 Fair Oaks Blvd · Fair Oaks

  • Election Results watching party w/Gray Panthers (Berkeley downtown)
    It's that time of the year again. Let's watch the results come in, share our actions that helped swing the vote, and plot what's next! Free for Gray Panthers current paid members and current East Bay Cohousing Supporting Members. Renew or become a member of either group at the event! Light refreshments provided (but make sure you've voted and had dinner beforehand). No food or drinks other than water allowed on the carpeted floor, so munching will have to take place in the outdoor hallway. We'll tune in to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on the big screen and mix in local and national news updates and analysis as polls close and results come in. $20 suggested donation. Net proceeds go to our local Gray Panthers chapter, a political voice for progressive seniors since 1974. Located between MLK and Milvia. Wheelchair accessible, all ages welcome, wifi enabled. Park on street or in the new 720-space city lot that stretches from Center to Addison above Milvia. BART is 1.5 blocks away; many AC Transit buses stop in the area. Organized by Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen, with lots of help and inspiration from friends.

    East Bay Media Center

    1939 Addison Street · Berkeley, CA

    $20.00
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  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly tour
    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! Individual Homes 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. Pleasant Hill has recently (2000) 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 multiple venues nearby for movies, theater, music and other performing arts including the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, the Willows Theater Company in Concord, and the Concord Pavillion. 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.

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  • EBCOHO Members Orientation: Sun AM Cohousing Intro & Welcome (S. Berkeley)
    Cohousing, housing cooperatives, cohouseholding, communes and ecovillages - Intentional communities, transition towns, nonprofit affordable housing, senior "villages" -- What's the difference and why does it matter? What's living one of these communities really like? Should I join an existing community or start my own? Where do I find openings? How do cooperative communities really work? Who's in charge? You'll get answers and links to a world of resources at our EBCOHO orientation. Orientations vary from Saturdays, Sundays, and very occasional weekday evenings, but we hold them every 4-6 weeks. Come when you are ready! Comments on recent orientations: Very informative and well-presented. Nice group of people, too (of course!). Leslie Hassberg ( http://www.ebcoho.org/members/13498229/ ) ... I left inspired. Jeff French ( http://www.ebcoho.org/members/9064675/ ) ...Very thorough, lots of good advice. Raines is a wonderful host. Walter Feigenson ( http://www.ebcoho.org/members/13122957/ ) Presentation so knowledgeable, yet relaxed. ... very lovely people i met - ginny ( http://www.ebcoho.org/members/77157692/ ) Program runs from 10 til 12, including a little more time for Q&A. Light refreshments available, but lunch is not provided. Agenda usually includes: • Member introductions, visions, and goals for cooperative community. • Overview of different types of intentional communities, short definitions, and examples, in the Bay Area; • How to use EBCOHO and other resources to find or create a cooperative community. • Your Questions & Answers, Concerns, and Opportunities • Community-building game or exercise, and time for open sharing on your experience and interests. Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach (http://www.CohousingCoaches.com/ (http://www.cohousingcoaches.com/)) and community organizer, will present and lead discussion. The orientation fee of $20 per household helps cover ongoing EBCOHO expenses such as meeting space, refreshments, insurance, websites, and memberships in key partners and allies. Coaching clients can come free, and members of supporting groups pay just $10. Your fee is refunded if you become a supporting member on the spot. (Supporting members get our thanks, discounts on future EBCOHO hosted events, and a copy of Cohousing: a new way of housing ourselves (edition 2) by McCamant & Durrett or a Communities magazine back issue while supplies last. If you RSVP for multiple people, MeetUp will tell you the price is per person, but relax... it's really per household, so bring your better half or housemates. If you register with a friend, you can both get $5 off. You can pay in advance by credit card or at the door by cash or check. If you can't come out with us on a Sunday morning -- fear not! Keep eye on the EBCOHO calendar ( http://www.ebcoho.org/events/calendar/ ) for what's coming up, weekend and weeknight orientations, (un)common meals, socials, movies, and other ways to connect. We hope to see you soon. Other workshops throughout the year will address: • Be Prepared: Buying or Leasing Property Together • Developing and Financing a New Cohousing Neighborhood • Developing and Financing a Housing Cooperative • ABC's of Good Group Process • Marketing and Member Development • Patterns of Thriving Cooperative Groups

    The Long Haul Infoshop

    3124 Shattuck Ave · Berkeley

    $20.00
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  • Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour (Sacramento area)
    Learn about greater Sacramento's second cohousing project, now under construction in Fair Oaks (18 miles east of downtown Sacramento) on a lovely piece of land close to the American River Parkway and Fair Oaks Village. The project will include 30 homes, a large common house, and many other shared amenities. The design is similar to Nevada City Cohousing. Visit http://www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org to learn more. There will be discussion about cohousing and our cohousing project in particular followed by a tour of the site where we will be building our cohousing community. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Smokey Oaks Tavern or the Siam Patio Restaurant. We can carpool to the site. The tour will be led by future residents of Fair Oaks EcoHousing. Fair Oaks EcoHousing is a Cohousing California ( http://www.CalCoho.org/ ) supporting member group (part of the same umbrella network that includes East Bay Cohousing). Look for cohousing buttons, banners, or signs, or a bunch of enthusiastic people looking for new neighbors to join them in co-creating their future homes. Use your RSVP comments here for carpool coordination/invitation.

    Fair Oaks Coffee House and Deli

    10223 Fair Oaks Blvd · Fair Oaks

  • Open house at Brown Shingle Collective (Berkeley)
    Two Vacancies at Brown Shingle Collective in South Berkeley! Please contact us by email at [masked] to let us know you are interested Mandatory Open house on Sunday Oct 21st from 4:30 to 6:30 PM Two separate rooms available December 1st, 2018 in South Berkeley Brown Shingle Collective House! Brown Shingle Mutual Housing is an affordable housing collective supported by the Bay Area Community Land Trust, a Berkeley-based non-profit. Brown Shingle is a resident-managed, cooperative and is a below-market rental. Brown Shingle is located in the south side of Berkeley and consists of three large brown shingle houses. Two rooms are available December 1st in a large cooperative household, making a total of five housemates. No pets are allowed. Brown Shingle is seeking two single adults who are able to commit to at least a one-year lease. You must commit to learning skills for managing the property and to be able to devote 8-10 hours a month for training, maintenance tasks, meetings and chores related to the property. Also required: 12 hours monthly for house work, possible meetings and communication. One large room is on the ground floor and has a half-bath with toilet and sink, and rents for $550 per month, and the other room is a large attic room that rents for $515 a month. You must provide proof that your income is below 80% of Bay Area Median Income. For a single person, your annual pre-tax income must be $62,750 or less. Please contact us by email at [masked] to let us know you are interested, and we will give you the address for the open house at Brown Shingle on Sunday Oct 21st from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. You must attend the open house in order to apply for the vacancy, and you can see the house and the room, and hear more about this unique housing opportunity.

    Needs a location

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