Last updated: August 29, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: January 27, 2005

Amata Community

(Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

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 2 core decision makers/owners and 12 residents who rent rooms and have input on some issues.

Amata’s residents are varied in age, sex, religion, diet, race, career, education, etc. We have few rules except to
clean 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 2014, 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.

If this sound interesting to you, email to arrange a visit; rooms open up about every 3 months on average.
So come on by and visit, see if you like what we offer and it seems like a good fit. Right now we are full with
one person on the waiting list.

Population

  • Adult Members: 15
  • 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)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 2.5 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 15
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid

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

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Food produced locally: 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.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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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.
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