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Golden Gate Cohousing



GOLDEN GATE COHOUSING


Welcome to Golden Gate Cohousing!

We are an 8-year old, affordable, rental cohousing community in northwest Oakland. We are located at 1072 and 1066 60th Street, a block east of San Pablo Avenue, near the juncture of Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley.

We trust this page will give you some useful information about our community, and help you determine if you might like to know more. If so, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, or to be placed on our email list to receive notice of activities and invitations to events.

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We Are Expanding!

We are well on our way with renovation and expansion of a second house, the East House (1066 60th), which we expect to be completed in January 2019. We’ll have space for at least two additional residents, possibly more.

We are continuing the process of recruiting new people to join the community as provisional members for three months. This gives us time to get to know one another, explore our shared values, and work together before we each make a commitment.

We hope you will consider joining our growing, diverse community. Please read further, and if you feel inspired to bring yourself forward, do fill out the application for membership. We look forward to hearing from you.

Open Houses
There are no open houses scheduled at present. However, if you have a strong interest in applying for membership, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a tour of the houses.

Selection Process for New Members
If you are interested, please fill out the application at: https://docs.google.c...
Please also send us an email to let us know you've applied.

Apartments and Rooms
The East (newly renovated) House has one two-bedroom and two four-bedroom apartments. At present, three bedrooms within the four-bedroom apartments are available. The existing West House has four one bedroom apartments and three studios, all presently occupied. Rents for bedrooms in the East House range from $924 to $1,078. These rents will not go up over time with the market, since residents will be their own landlord. Move-in expense is first and last month’s rent, plus one month’s security deposit.

Common Facilities
Shared areas of the community include a large common kitchen, community room, multi-purpose room, laundry, accessible bathroom, guest room, outdoor dining patio, vegetable garden, fruit trees, two roof decks, back yard deck, hot tub, bike shed, and workshop.

Mission, Values, Interests, and Commitments
Golden Gate Cohousing’s mission is to provide affordable harmonious eco-housing for people helping to make the world a better place.

Our Community Values include Earth Reverence, Respect, Integrity, Affordability, Balance, Flexibility, Diversity, Cooperation, Participation, Communication. (More on these below)

Other Community Shared Interests include Family, Civic engagement, Healthy food, Creativity. (More on these also below)

There is much to be done to realize the community’s vision, which calls for a substantial contribution from all members. The community’s statement of Participation by Members provides more detail about this, and can be found below.

We plan to have several shared meals each week, in which all members participate.

Qualities we’re looking for in new members include
- Alignment with the community’s Mission and Values
- Desire to co-create a new community
- People who would contribute to the diversity of this community
- Experience in living with others in community
- Willingness and ability to participate effectively in community processes

To Apply, fill out the online application at: https://docs.google.c...

Email any additional communications to: cohousinggoldengate@gmail.com

Photos are available at: https://www.facebook....


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Who We Are...Currently

Our current membership is fifteen adults, three teenagers (two part-time), and one young child. Adults range in age from the 30's to the 80's. Two are non-resident members. We also currently have two adult provisional members (plus one young child).

We strive to replicate the demographics of Alameda county, one of the most diverse counties in the country. We currently hail from a variety of places including Iran, Colombia, Chilean ancestry as well as native Oakland and other places in the US. This community thus reflects multiple cultures and diverse ethnicities including: Asian-American, Latinxs, Middle-Eastern, European-American, and Latin American. We are also open to other diversities--gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc.

We are engaged in a wide range of pursuits, including holistic culinary healing and counseling, property management, child care, teaching, economics, agroecology, vegan cooking, environmental and community activism, conscious puppetry, urban gardening, food justice, social justice, animal rights, herbalism, documentary filmmaking, restorative justice, non-violent communication, meditation, yoga, dance, music, art, and play.

We aim to create a diverse community/family in which everyone is respected for who they are. We are actively engaged in becoming conscious of our privilege and recognizing oppression, how we impact others, and how we can move towards creating a genuinely safe, supportive, and inclusive community. Please see our list of values below.

Several of us have been active volunteering and working in places like PLACE for Sustainable Living, Open Source Wellness, Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture , Give Them Wings Imaginary Thinking, North Oakland Restorative Justice Council, BOOST West Oakland, Reading Partners, Oakland’s Zero Waste, East Bay Meditation Center, Economic Development without Displacement Coalition, Local Clean Energy Alliance, Berkeley Animal Rights Center, and other organizations focused on building alternatives to live sustainably on Mother Earth and in harmony with humans, animals, and other sentient beings. We are also committed to promoting these values in the population at large.

We hold community and committee meetings several times a month; share meals together and socialize; are increasingly engaged in one another’s lives; and are moving toward collectively managing all aspects of the community and the property.

The Property

Golden Gate Cohousing’s property consists of two adjacent late 19th century Victorian houses in the historic Golden Gate neighborhood.

1072 60th Street (the West House):

• Seven apartments: three studios and four one-bedrooms
• Two of the studios have 11 foot ceilings with sleeping lofts
• As common space for shared meals, meetings, community gatherings, etc., we are currently (until construction is complete on the East House) meeting at PLACE, 1121 64th, a few blocks away.

1066 60th Street (the East House):

• Three apartments: one two-bedroom and two four-bedrooms
• Large common space and kitchen on the ground floor. Multi-purpose room, guest room, ADA bathroom.

See architectural drawings of the new east house here:
https://drive.google....

The Grounds:

• Two patios for gathering and dining; hot tub
• Redwood, willow, palm, and fruit trees
• Roof decks on both buildings, with panoramic views of hills and bay
• Large garden area

Mission

To provide affordable, harmonious eco-housing for people helping to make the world a better place.

Values

1) Earth Reverence. We respect Earth’s wisdom, follow nature’s pattern of regenerative design, and recognize our part in the interdependent web of relationships with everything that is.

2) Respect. We value caring, compassionate and respectful interactions with the whole world starting with ourselves, our community, our guests and the neighborhood.

3) Integrity. We value practicing self-responsibility, honoring our agreements , and following through with our word.

4) Affordability. We provide affordable housing to support people to pursue their passion over profit.

5) Balance. We seek to maintain a balance between individual and community needs and, to be a place of both sanctuary and community activity.

6) Flexibility. We acknowledge change as a constant and understand that being adaptive is vital. We find value in the ability to adjust according to the needs of the community and the world.

7) Diversity. We are committed to creating a diverse cohousing community. We welcome all who share these values, regardless of defining characteristics like age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity or class.

8) Cooperation. We engage one another with the spirit of coming together for the common good. We work for mutual benefit through egalitarian governance structures that value shared power amongst members.

9) Participation. Community happens when we participate. We encourage people to share themselves, their gifts and their contributions to create a dynamic social tapestry.

10) Communication. We value conscientious communication and create a safe space for vulnerable, open, direct, and honest interactions. Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard.

Other Shared Values

Family. We support existing, emerging and extended family, both biological and chosen, and the healing these connections inspire.

Civic Engagement. We support engagement with the community outside of our cohousing border in projects that nurture and foster our vision.

Healthy Food. Nourishing food and food systems support our vision. We believe in growing our own food, and sourcing locally from socially and environmentally ethical producers.

Creativity. Innovation and creativity are important elements for sustainable community design. We appreciate creativity that is in service to our mission and values.

Participation by Members
Ways that we enjoy, contribute to, and care for our community
  • Live with a group of people who are striving to be socially conscious, committed to sharing, growing, and evolving the culture of living peacefully and sustainably on the earth
  • Manifest participatory democracy and the shaping of a new community where decisions are made collaboratively and all voices are equally valued
  • Enjoy shared meals several times a week, and other community activities
  • Enjoy use of the community common spaces:
    • Guest room
    • Communal kitchen
    • Community room
    • Outdoor dining patio
    • Multi-purpose room / co-working office space
    • Two roof decks
    • Gardens & grounds
    • Laundry facilities
    • Bike trailer
    • Bike shed
    • Workshop
  • Attend community “heart circles”
  • Participate in community work days
  • Prepare common meals with a fellow cook, according to a rotating schedule
  • Participate on clean-up teams after common meals
  • Spend at least ten hours per month on committees, general meetings, or projects that contribute to the whole community (in addition to heart circles, work days, and cooking and cleaning for shared meals)
  • Share in the cleaning and maintenance of the house and grounds
  • Engage actively and promptly in community email and text communications
  • Participate actively in commentary and deliberation of community proposals
  • Resolve conflicts in a peaceful and constructive way
  • Honor community agreements and decisions
  • Pay rent and common expenses on the first of each month

No Smoking

There is no smoking permitted within the apartments, within the internal common spaces, or on the grounds.

Organizational and Financial Structure

Golden Gate Cohousing is a project of the Parker Street Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to “promote affordable housing and effective community.” The Foundation has financed Fort Awesome and Fort Radical, two environmentally oriented houses owned by the Cooperative Roots project; also Oregon Park Senior Apartments (60 units), all in south Berkeley; and the Purple House in north Oakland. All three are 501(c)(3) non-profits.

To support the Foundation’s aim of providing affordable housing, and to discourage equity speculation, the apartment units will not be sold on the open market, as many cohousing communities do. Instead, we have opted for a non-profit and rental model, which we envision unfolding as follows:

1. During the period before the move-in, members will collectively form a non-profit corporation, Golden Gate Cohousing.
2. This non-profit corporation will enter into a purchase agreement with the Parker Street Foundation.
3. The non-profit corporation will be responsible for all expenses, including taxes, insurance, and maintenance, and will collect all rents directly.
3. At this point, the Foundation’s role will be simply that of a lender.
4. Residents will then rent their apartments from the non-profit collective, whose members will be the residents themselves.
5. The non-profit will be owned collectively, not individually. No one will have an equity interest.
6. People moving in will pay first and last month’s rent and one-month security deposit.

Contact Us

Please send inquiries to: cohousinggoldengate@gmail.com

Revised 24 December 2018

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Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Laughing Hearts September 19, 2016 9:17 PM Amos Alan L.
Sharing Shuttle January 28, 2015 8:21 AM Raines C.
Affordable Housing Rental Search Strategies September 16, 2014 8:45 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Intentional Family Commmunity September 4, 2014 1:31 PM Raines C.
Dwight House Vision and Values Statement February 3, 2014 12:57 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Tree of Light Collective Flyer February 5, 2014 5:35 PM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
Motive Collective October 24, 2013 5:46 AM Raines C.
MakerFaire September 2, 2013 2:40 PM Raines C.
Cal Street Cohousing March 11, 2016 11:00 AM former member
How Much House Can You Afford? April 1, 2013 9:28 PM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.
RavenHouse November 5, 2012 3:11 PM Raines C.
Other Fairview House Sublet October 13, 2012 8:15 AM Cohousing Coaches Raines & B.

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