Amata Community

Last updated: November 18, 2015 (1 week ago)

Listing created on: January 27, 2005

Amata Community

(Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years
  • Started Planning: 1982
  • Start Living Together: 1988
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Norman (Primary contact)
  • Phone: 404 455 1260
  • Community Address:
    317 Nelms Ave NE
    Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-2105
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    email us

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Email and arrange visit

Mission Statement:

Good life in the city

Community Description:

We are in one of Atlanta’s most vibrant areas. Four miles away is downtown; one mile away is Atlanta’s biggest alternative business district with a large natural-foods co-op. Within one-half mile are a fifty-acre city park, a sixteen-mile-long off-road bike trail, a subway station, and numerous bus stops. Two blocks away are shops and restaurants. Sidewalks, trees, and greenery are very abundant throughout the area. Our property intertwines with the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. And next to that is the Lake Claire Cohousing Community.

Amata and the Land Trust are on a gorgeous, hilly, 2.5-acre plot with organic gardens, fruit orchards, solar well, farm animals, ponds, sauna, fire circle, playgrounds, picnic tables, and a playfield. We have one large permanent house and several cottages.

People who visit here remark how it has a country in the city feeling. They are amazed at how much greenspace and gardens we have for an urban location.

We have 4 core decision makers/owners and 24 residents who rent rooms and have input on some issues. We are moving toward allowing the residents to run the houses and handle the finances and hope to create a cooperative at some point, though most people seem to prefer to rent and have the freedom from handling daily management and finances.

Amata’s residents are varied in age, sex, religion, diet, race, career, education, etc. We have few rules except toc lean up after yourself and respect each other and the property/land/neighborhood. Absolutely no hard drugs, no tobacco smoking indoors, or regular drunken behavior. No animals allowed in building commons. Our maintenance
man cleans all common areas and does the yardwork, he keeps the place clean and tidy, and repairs are done quickly.

For fun there are various neighborhood festivals that as well as drum circles and other musical events. There are a few festivals a year on the neighboring Lake Claire Land Trust. Nearby are plenty of coffee shops, art galleries, playhouses, music venues and other places to relax, plus restaurants and a good small grocery store.

Rents at Amata are reasonable for the neighborhood. As of 2015, these average about $650 for a medium bedroom with nice views of nature, utilities and wifi included, plus large tv with good cable. We provide common food basics plus fresh fruit and fair trade coffee. Kitchen and bathrooms are shared, no particular group meals
but they happen spontaneously depending on who wants to cook, we don’t have rules about that.

As of October 2015 we may have homes for sale. Please email or call us if you are interested in buying a home.

If this sound interesting to you, email to arrange a visit; rooms open up about every 1.5-2 months on average. So come on by and visit, see if you like what we offer and it seems like a good fit.


  • Adult Members: 28
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: most of us are spiritual but non religious

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Protestant, Quaker, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Rainbow Family, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 2.5 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: None
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No



  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%


  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free


  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


Additional Comments

lots of greenspace

Cohousing Info

    • Shared common building: No
    • Architect: Greg Ramsey of Village Habitat Design
    • Commercial Lender: Bond CFCU

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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