• Mariposa Grove: 2 next-door homes (SF/Duplex) 4 sale; open houses (N. Oakland)

    This afternoon there's a rare opportunity to buy 1-3 homes next door to an established cohousing neighborhood, with two properties for sale, a duplex and a single-family home, with potential to be part of the community. Mariposa Grove is a small all-affordable-homeowner cohousing neighborhood on property owned by the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT). It now includes a adjacent all-rented house out back, with a fence taken down and member participation in the community. There's the potential to repeat that connection, "retrofit cohousing style," with associate members buying a next-door property and connecting it. Note that these freshly-listed homes are independently marketed, may well sell at higher market-rate prices far above the listing prices, and have no guarantee of cohousing connection on their own -- that's something you have to earn, but there is at least interest from the community. We're just passing on the word from the community, and recommending that folks interested in making cohousing or #coliving happen there join forces, rather than bid against one another. Below descriptions are provided by the listing agent. Duplex [masked]th St.): Updated and remodeled Victorian duplex with spectacular gardens. Light filled upstairs 2 BR/2 BA. Spacious Living Room and Dining Room with Bay window. Hardwood floors. Open kitchen with dining area. One bathroom remodeled. Utility room with laundry. 1 car garage. Downstairs 1 BR/1 BA with large living room, kitchen with breakfast counter, French doors to patio and garden. Bonus office with half bath, about 300 sq ft, currently used by owner, will be delivered vacant. Asking $995k. https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ca/oakland/840-59th-st/pid_30346862/ Single-family [masked]th St.): Very unique energy efficient home in secluded setting built in 2007. Wonderful garden w/potting shed in front. Enter into spectacular vaulted ceiling living room with light streaming in from many skylights. Open floor plan with gourmet kitchen and dining area. Hallway to 2 large bedrooms has laundry closet, pantry, and French doors to private patio with gazebo overlooking beautiful neighboring landscaped yard. Fantastic bathroom with slate floor overlooks deck with hot tub and yard with majestic Redwoods. Passive solar design with energy efficient windows. Asking $895k. https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/ca/oakland/838-59th-st/pid_30346852/ Go check them out, and let's say coordinate through Mini-Retrofit Co-Housing (MRCH), the East Bay Cohousing Supporting Member Group (led by Pete Yaroschuk) which is looking for potential homes like these. Optional RSVP directly on our main website, Cohousing California: https://www.calcoho.org/ebcoho_mg_nextdoor_20190519 Also: while you're out and about, visit the open house for a home for sale at the area's first cohousing neighborhood, Doyle Street Cohousing, less than a mile away.

  • 1BR Open House at Doyle Street Cohousing (Emeryville)

    Doyle Street Cohousing

    1BR/1Ba home for sale at Doyle Street. Visit the Bay Area's first cohousing neighborhood and see if this home could be for you. The realtor's listing: Discover the meaning of community at this vibrant co-housing opportunity on Doyle Street. A lush patio garden and off-street parking greet you as you pull into this secluded complex, tucked away from the noise of the city yet amongst all the amenities of Emeryville. This condominium showcases exposed brick, cathedral ceilings, dramatic windows, skylights, and a beautifully updated kitchen and bath. The home features one bedroom plus a spacious loft and separate office nook providing a perfect alcove to focus or relax with a book. The co-housing experience fosters a sense of belonging, with amenities including a workshop, a playroom, and an upper-level outdoor hot tub. Its central location provides easy commuter access to all the best of the Bay Area. Asking $748k. (correction: the first broadcast of this said 3 bedrooms, when it is really 3 rooms total, 1 bed room)

  • 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.

  • 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 have a potluck lunch and tour once a month, with some gardening if weather permits. Join us for a potluck lunch and site tour from noon to 2:00 pm. After that we'll work in the garden, if the weather is nice. Drop-ins are welcome for any part of the activities, but the tour of the available homes will only happen between 12:30 and 2:00.

  • Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour (Sacramento area)

    Fair Oaks Coffee House and Deli

    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.

  • Bike Tour of affordable cohousing & cooperative communities (N. Oak/E'ville)

    Part of Affordable Housing Week with East Bay Housing Organizations. Start at Golden Gate Cohousing and bike to several area communities demonstrating innovations in member-led affordability, land trusts, limited equity cooperatives, and more. We'll stop at one of the communities for a (sponsored) lunch and conversation. Join us for a flat, family-paced bicycle ride to several resident-led affordable, sustainable neighborhoods. Meet the people who helped create and maintain these innovative communities, and share the secrets of how they create and preserve affordability, while maintaining the spirit of community. Includes a community-made meal. Contact us for accessibility options if you don’t have a bike or can’t ride it alone. (this will be our third year doing this event, but we change the route each time and visit new communities) Communities we will visit or at least stop by on today's ride include: * Berkeley Cohousing (limited-equity condo) (our lunch break) * Here/There "tiny home village" on the Berkeley/Oakland border * Addison Court Housing Co-op (limited-equity co-op with land trust) * The Farmhouse ("cohouseholding" group house -- they call it #coliving ) * Fort Awesome (resident-owned nonprofit group house -- part of Cooperative Roots) * Mariposa Grove Cohousing (limited-equity condo with land trust) * Golden Gate Cohousing (resident-owned nonprofit cohousing/cohouseholding blend) * a PLACE for Sustainable Living (nonprofit/coop tiny-home village model/education center) * Triple Point Cohousing (resident-owned Tenants In Common, now disbanded - a lesson from failure)

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly tour

    Location visible to members

    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.

  • Members Orientation: Cohousing Intro & Welcome (S. Berkeley)

    The Long Haul Infoshop


    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

  • Berkeley Cohousing (un)Common Meal:BBQ wrapping National Open House Day

    Wrap up National Cohousing Open House Day, joining Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coaches and EBCOHO organizers, with area community seekers and residents of an area cohousing neighborhood, to together prepare a community meal/BBQ at Berkeley Cohousing, now celebrating a quarter century as a community. At an (un)Common Meal, we take over a cohousing Common House kitchen on an "off" night and prepare our own Common Meal together; some members of the community may join us to eat it. The shopping will already be done, but we'll get to cook and clean and learn together, discovering the joys and challenges of feeding a group of diverse humans with unique needs, and cleaning up afterwards. Schedule for the evening: 5 PM Cooks arrive and start prepping dinner, under the guidance of a community member (we take care of the meal planning & shopping) 6 PM Cleaners arrive and get to visit a home or two. 6:30 PM Break to eat and share stories of the day 7:00 PM Cleaners start cleaning, cooks continue discussion (cleaners can rejoin when they're done) 8:00 PM Wrap-up and go home. Note: Everybody is either a cook or a cleaner. If you arrive too late to cook, you're a cleaner. Don't worry if you haven't cooked for a group before, we'll have plenty of experienced hands on hand, and the right tools in the Common House kitchen to make it fun and easy. We'll take turns, with one group cooking while another socializes, take time to eat together, and then the cooks get to relax while the cleaners cleans up. Advance registration required, so we can shop and prepare. We always use local organic ingredients to the extent available, and offer alternatives to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs. Important note: the listed placeholder location is NOT the property address, we send the actual address only when you register, to protect the privacy of community residents. This dinner is included for participants on the van tour; everybody else needs to register on this page to get the address.