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Last updated: December 16, 2013 (8 months ago)
Listing created on: January 27, 2005

Amata Community

(Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

  • Status: Established
      Established: 1988

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://s228.photobucket.com/albums/ee84/nglassman/amata/
  • Contact Name: Norman (Primary contact)
  • Address:
    317 Nelms Ave NE
    Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-2105
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    If in the area, go the Hearth website for visitation hours (see link). If coming from out of town, or wishing to rent, then email us.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Good life in the city

Community Description:

We are in Atlanta’s most vibrant area. Only four miles away is downtown; one mile away is Atlanta’s biggest alternative business district with a huge 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 is on a gorgeous, hilly, 2.5-acre plot with organic gardens, fruit orchards, solar well, farm animals, ponds, sauna, fire circles, outhouses, playgrounds, picnic tables, and a playfield. We have three permanent houses. One contains a large indoor recreation/dance room.
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 5 core decision makers/owners and over 15 residents who have input on some issues. Owner status is usually based on a purchase of a building lot or home, though we have aspirations of cooperative ownership. Most residents are renting and rates are affordable. The economy here is good and decent/well paying jobs are available in the surrounding neighborhoods, downtown, and suburbs.
Amata’s residents are varied in sex, religion, diet, race, career, education, etc.
For fun there are various neighborhood potlucks that happen as well as drum circles and other musical events. We have a few festivals a year on the neighboring Lake Claire Land Trust. Atlanta also has plenty of coffee shops, art galleries, playhouses, music venues and other places to relax.
Those who are seriously interested in cooperative ownership or purchasing a home are welcome to contact us with questions.
Rents at Amata are reasonable for the neighborhood. As of 2011, these average about $525 for a medium or large bedroom, utilities included. Rooms open up about every 2 months and its best to check with us about 2-4 weeks before you want to move in.
The Hearth website has photos of our event space where we have shows, parties, workshops, etc..


  • Adult Members: 16
  • Child Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: most of us are spiritual but non religious

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Quaker, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 2.5 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 5

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: No
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: rent


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
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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.