611 Ecovillage

Last updated: January 18, 2015 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 30, 2007

611 Ecovillage

(Oakland, California, United States)

Mission Statement:

Sustainability and Community.

Community Description:

Note the the following description below is dated but could become relevant next year. For 2015 the 611 Ecovillage will function primarily as a green rental property with minimal community activity. That does’t mean community can’t emerge with the right people, it just means for this year we’ll be putting community on the back burner and offering affordable rent in a green, low carbon footprint household. The founder is focusing most of his energy on the emerging Laytonville Ecovillage. (See profile here on

We are an urban, inner-city ecovillage in the heart of Oakland’s historic corridor. We emphasize sustainable living within the constraints of an urban environment and use the permaculture principle that “the problem is the solution.” Because of our busy urban lifestyle, we have created a “semi-collective” structure that allows us to share food and chores, practice consensus decision making, and have the flexibility to pursue our interests outside the home. Two homes function as one larger home, shared by a courtyard with lush vegetation and a solar-heated hot tub. The 611 Ecovillage is an urban oasis. SHARED OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE BY 2016!


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)


  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution:

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge