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- Alameda Maker Farm: Non-residential EcoVillage on former Naval Base
- Antioch Coming Soon:Fast-track affordable cohousing/EcoVillage near BART!
- Berkeley Petition: Join us in supporting Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)
- El Cerrito
- El Sobrante
- Emeryville Rentals: Doyle Street Cohousing
- Oakland Workdays: Kingfisher Cohousing; Virtual Tours/Openings:Phoenix Commons Senior Cohousing
- Pleasant Hill Virtual Tours: Monthly at the most-suburban East Bay Cohousing neighborhood
- San Leandro
- Walnut Creek
Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing, 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 East Bay Cohousing, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here.
Every first Sunday of the month. CURRENTLY VIRTUAL - DO NOT COME TO THE SITE WITHOUT PRE-ARRANGEMENT FOR PROPER PROTECTION.
Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's 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 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.
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.
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.
We’re all about advocacy, organizing, education, and connection.
We’re going from the world’s largest intentional communities MeetUp Group to an inclusive, networked force for good.
We’re led by Cohousing Coaches (Betsy Morris & Raines Cohen, left) becoming EcoVillage Ambassadors, partnering with community organizers and advocates locally, regionally, and nationally to help people find and build shared homes and shared neighborhoods that help us all become more resilient.
We’re supported by your memberships and event fees.
We’re part of the Cohousing California network of regional groups.
- 2 homes for rent at Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville
- 2 homes for sale at Pleasant Hill Cohousing
- Several homes for sale at Phoenix Commons Senior Cohousing in Oakland
- Potential homes for sale or rent at Kingfisher Cohousing in Oakland
- Potential home for sale at Temescal Creek Cohousing in Oakland
- Community in Formation in Fremont: Site Identified
- Potential community in formation near BART in Contra Costa County
- Support TOPA: Help lay the groundwork to help people buy their homes when apartments come up for sale. (Berkeley)
- Legalize Tiny Home Villages (Oakland)
- Monthly Zoom tours: Cohousing in Pleasant Hill (intergenerational) and Oakland (senior cohousing) welcome virtual visitors.
- Monthly workdays: Kingfisher Cohousing in Oakland welcomes potential members to come garden and dine together. (Next:4/24)
- Monthly East Bay Permaculture Guild (next: 5/10)
- 4/15: People's Life Fund Granting Ceremony for Resisted War Taxes (an EBCOHO funder)
- 4/17: Acquiring and rehabilitating collective housing for affordability (NCLT)
- 4/18: BIPOC Intentional Community Council - Seekers & Founders (FIC)
- 4/21: Sustainable Designing for Community (Mission Peak); Regeneration Pollination networking
- Connecting in Community: Sunday, April 18 (National -- Virtual)
- National Cohousing Open House Day: Saturday, April 24. We'll be organizing a virtual gathering and some in-person.
- Affordable Housing Month with our allies in East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO): May
- Northern California Regional Gathering for Folks Living in Cohousing (Phoenix Commons): May 20
- Village Building Convergence (VBC) with City Repair in Portland, Oregon: Virtual on weekends in Late May/Early June