Last updated: December 28, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: June 9, 2006


(East Palo Alto, California, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1992
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Address:

    East Palo Alto, California, 94303
    United States

Mission Statement:

Communication, Shared living

Community Description:

We are a small cohousing/shared-house cooperative on an acre near the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley. We live in four houses and a trailer, surrounded by edible landscaping, flowers, and a vegetable garden. While we have a middle-class life, our ecological conviction is reflected in the attempt to minimize resource-use per person.

We currently have 15 active participants in the “community minded” group, varying in age from one to 70s: teachers, beauticians, jacks-of-all-trades, social worker, massage therapist, movie animator; retired computer programmers, scientist, carpenter, and family practicioner.

Most of us in the two shared houses buy our food together, then cook independent meals, except for the weekly community dinner and meeting, which all residents attend. We expect that each person will run his or her own life, while we come together for mutual support.

Everyone does a chore a week for the community as a whole, and another for one of the households. Beyond this, the primary commitment made by people who live here is agreeing to bring up and work out any tensions or problems as they occur—an ongoing communication challenge for all of us!

When we do have an opening, applicants are invited to view our place, then come for a more complete discussion of mutual desires and expectations. The decision to invite someone to move in is made by the existing residents, using our usual consensus process.



  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments: 4

    larger areas in main house

    with 2 houses shared by room


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 7
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: As room becomes available


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Original owners (3)


  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: A couple of hours a week

    Contribute to shared expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Never indoors

Additional Comments

Finished building 2001

Group size increased as building occurred

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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.