A Cooperative Lifestyle Community on the Oakland Waterfront

Open for residence since March, 2016, in 41 units built with universal design, Phoenix Commons was the vision for aging well in community of Chris Zimmerman and Lauren Zimmerman Cook, co-founders of Elder Village Development.

We the members of this intentional community are learning on the job the principles of participation, collaboration and consensus decision-making while working together and through committees to address community needs and concerns in such areas as wellness promotion, facility and common space management, finance, governance, landscaping, social and community engagement, and twice-weekly common meals.

Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and geographies, contributing their skills and talents to create a dynamic and socially engaged community. They have various reasons for choosing to live here, in community with others, as we age in place together. Many of our members still work full-time while others are active in a variety of recreational, cultural social, civic and political advocacy activities. All are committed to building and sustaining our community and the social connectedness that has been associated with health and well-being in older adulthood.

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  • is hosting Phoenix Commons Virtual Open House April 2021 2021-04-12 20:22:03 -0700

    Phoenix Commons Virtual Open House

    Phoenix Commons view wide over waterWe welcome you to Phoenix Commons

    our San Francisco Bay Area 55+ cohousing community.

    Phoenix Commons building viewOur 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 have 5 available units for sale, some with sunset views over the San Francisco Bay.

    Please watch this video of our living spaces (embedded below) and feel free to also visit our Website or Facebook page for more information.

    If you’d like to drop by for our Zoom Open House on Saturday, please RSVP on this page or via the East Bay Cohousing MeetUp group.

    We look forward to seeing you!   


    Phoenix Commons view to water

    May 08, 2021 at 1pm
    Zoom from your home (RSVP for link)