• Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly *VIRTUAL* tour: video and Q&A

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    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in a virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. 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 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 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 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, 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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  • Phoenix Commons Senior Cohousing Virtual Open House

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    We welcome you to Phoenix Commons, our San Francisco Bay Area 55+ cohousing community. 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. We still have 6 available units for sale, some with sunset views over the San Francisco Bay. Please watch this video of our living spaces and feel free to also visit our Facebook page for more information. If you’d like to drop by for our Zoom Open House on Sunday, please RSVP on this page or via the Cohousing California website: http://www.CalCoho.org/ We look forward to seeing you! Zoom link will be visible to folks who RSVP as of the day of the event.

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  • 2020 Cohousing Open national unconference

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    $50.00

    Cohousers are amazing, which is why the national cohousing association's next event is all about you: your topics, your knowledge and your creativity. Whether you are a world class expert, or a new beginner, your input helps us all make cohousing better together. Living in cohousing teaches us that the best interactions often happen in the unplanned moments of connection that are designed into the cohousing lifestyle. This event is modeled on exactly that concept. We’ll provide plenty of structure (known as Open Space) to showcase the incredible talent and knowledge of our community. Come learn! Come teach! Come ask, and answer and absorb all that cohousing has to offer. We’ll be using a structure known as “Open Space” to build community. You won’t want to miss our first annual Cohousing Open! Keynote by our friend, Marty Maskall, founder of our longtime Cohousing California supporting group member, Fair Oaks EcoHousing, on "The Power of Persistence." Learn more and register at our unofficial community website: https://www.CohousingOpen.org/

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  • 2020 Cohousing Open free preview (virtual, tonight! w/Raines & Neil)

    Join Cohousing Coach Raines Cohen & Neil Planchon from Swan's Market Cohousing for a free preview this evening of the Cohousing Open national conference, which they are helping to organize. Cohousers are amazing, which is why the national cohousing association's event this Sunday is all about you: your topics, your knowledge and your creativity. Whether you are a world class expert, or a new beginner, your input helps us all make cohousing better together. Not sure what to expect? Uncertain about how to plan for an "open space" event? Don't know who to bring or what to share? How to plan and pitch a presentation? Discover all this at tonight's WebChat, from 5-6 PM PDT, organized by the national cohousing association. Once you RSVP on this page, the web link will show here on MeetUp. Coho/US' Communications Director Karen Gimnig will introduce the web platform, QiqoChat, that will support Sunday's gathering. Neil will share his experience running Open Space events and the magic that can emerge from an open (but organized) structure that supports everybody bringing their passions. Raines will guide an exercise in which small groups of participants share their plans for Sunday. Sign up here for tonight's WebChat and get info on how you can get a discount Sunday or even get in for free to this gathering and November's "Nuts & Bolts" conference with an EBCOHO/Cohousing California Supporting Membership. Learn more about the 2020 Cohousing Open event happing this Sunday at: https://www.CohousingOpen.org/ (but RSVP on this page for tonight's informative WebChat preview)

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  • Apartment for Rent at Kingfisher Cohousing! Open House (Fruitvale/Dimond)

    We have a one bedroom apartment for rent at Kingfisher Cohousing! (This is a regular rental, not limited to short-term). We'll have an open house with a real meal & workday, NOT virtual. For serious candidates only, please. 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 Apartment: One bedroom, one bath 525 square feet. This is a charming, renovated unit with lots of light, and feels spacious for its size. Large, eat-in kitchen and wood floors throughout. $1,850 per month, water and garbage included. This is our only unit with air conditioning! Ground floor, single story, with updated soundproofing. It's an end unit so it has plenty of windows. Only one step up to the front door. --- The Open House: In addition to the Meetup RSVP, please contact us ahead of time here to register: http://www.brookdalecommons.org/contact-us/ and tell us something about yourself. We will limit this open house to 4 or 5 guests. Call for a private tour if you can't make it on Sunday. BYO food and drink for lunch at noon. We are not sharing food, just company. Bring a mask, but you don't have to wear it when outdoors and 6 feet apart. Take a self-guided tour of the apartment, one person at a time. Please stick around in the afternoon to help us work in the garden, and get to know us. --- About Our Community: We are currently a community of five households with the potential to grow to 9 and to create a common house. We are thriving in the time of Covid because we still gather for common meals, with some modifications: we sit 6 feet apart in our beautiful courtyard, and bring our own food. This has been wonderful in this challenging time, keeping us from being isolated. We are a group of 5 adults, plus one shy teenager who doesn't usually attend community meals. 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 basil.

  • Pleasant Hill Cohousing monthly *VIRTUAL* tour: video and Q&A

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    In light of the SF Bay Area ban on non-essential gatherings, this tour will be offered in a virtual fashion. Register here for details. DO NOT go to the site without prior arrangement and a specific booking to meet someone. 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 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 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 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, 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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  • Phoenix Commons Senior Cohousing Virtual Open House

    Online event

    We welcome you to Phoenix Commons, our San Francisco Bay Area 55+ cohousing community. 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. We still have 6 available units for sale, some with sunset views over the San Francisco Bay. Please watch this video of our living spaces and feel free to also visit our Facebook page for more information. If you’d like to drop by for our Zoom Open House on Sunday, please RSVP on this page or via the Cohousing California website: http://www.CalCoho.org/ We look forward to seeing you! Zoom link will be visible to folks who RSVP as of the day of the event.

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  • FIC: how to create a new affordable cohousing community

    Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas including kitchen, dining space and gardens bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships. Let cohousing expert and architect, Charles Durrett, walk you through the steps to make it happen! Making a new cohousing community is not an easy task. The biggest mistake people make in creating a new cohousing community is imaging that it is. That’s why most (as in all) that start with that attitude do not succeed. But if you put a deliberate plan together – it is doable and perhaps one of the most gratifying things you will ever do. This workshop, our on by Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC), will cover: What a cohousing is and why it is an excellent community model How to clarify your group values and create a management team Financial and legal development factors Design process and feasibility assessment Professional tips and advice from The Cohousing Company Admission by donation to FIC, join us in supporting this great group.

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  • Buying a house together - for Mini Retrofit Cohousing Project

    Our Mini-Retrofit Cohousing group invites you to: 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 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. At this time of uncertainty and turmoil socially, politically and economically, we feel that community based housing is a viable and much needed alternative to speculator and market driven housing options. Our project can provide a firm foundation to build community and a future of housing security without the threat of potential rent increases or eviction. We feel this can be a model for sustainable, collective development that puts the interests of people, neighborhoods and communities first. 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 4th partner, this would have been an option, recently sold near Lake Merritt - https://www.redfin.com/CA/Oakland/600-Haddon-Rd-94610/home/535870 Join members Julie, Jimmy 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 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!

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  • East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly virtual meeting

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    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 virtually witht 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. Since we can't share potluck food, feel free to make yourself a healthy meal and enjoy it during the gathering 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.

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