Last updated: January 16, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Santa Rosa Creek Commons

(Santa Rosa, California, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1968  Established: 1982
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Scout Tomyris
  • Phone: please send email to Scout or call Marley
  • Address:
    901 B Sonoma Ave
    Santa Rosa, California, 95404-6501
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    View our website, then email or call a contact person.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We love new applicants!

Mission Statement:

urban housing co-op; consensus

Community Description:

“A little piece of Walden in downtown Santa Rosa”.

Santa Rosa Creek Commons is a limited-equity housing co-op for all ages located on two acres near downtown Santa Rosa, 60 miles north of San Francisco. We have 27 units: studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, a community room, laundry and garden. Our property borders a wooded creek.

We wish to live cooperatively and to resolve conflicts peacefully. All decisions are made by consensus. Every adult is on the board of directors. All are asked to work at least 8 hours per month by performing work tasks and taking part in monthly cleanups. We manage and maintain the property ourselves. We have monthly meetings and at least one potluck as well as social and educational events.

Members buy shares based on unit size (generally under $20,000) and pay monthly carrying charges that are well below market. Members stay anywhere from a few years to several decades.

During our first 30 years, we operated a state-regulated assisted housing program. In exchange the state gave us a great loan. Last year we paid off an NCB loan and one from the city. In Sept 2013 we paid off the state loan. We are no longer subject to government regulation!

That means that we are free from the regulatory requirements imposed by the state. Thus liberated, we are setting our own policies to insure that SRCC remains affordable for a range of income levels. It is our intention to always remain a diverse, multi-income. affordable. limited equity housing cooperative for at least the next 25 years.

The process of getting on our waiting list is currently the same for all applicants. The process includes several interviews, participation in 2 work days, attending a social event, attending a potluck, going to 2 board meetings and attending 1 committee meeting. We never know quite how long one might wait to get into the community as it varies.


  • Adult Members: 32
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 81-90%
  • Percent Men: 11-20%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: although started by Quakers we have long been open to all

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Leadership rotates among members

    Executive officers of the board change each year. A volunteer facilitation team assists.

    Modified Quaker tradition

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 1.9 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 27
  • Additional Comments: Half of the property is partially wooded and borders a year-round creek

    Each shareholder owns a portion of the entire property

    27 units in 3 buildings and 2 houses

    We are a limited equity a housing co-op

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: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Must pass a credit check.

    Minimun 8 hours per month is required. This in addition to 2 committee meetings and a board meeting each month.

    Members purchase a Share in the entire community.

    A monthly Carrying Charge is assessed by income or by square foot of the unit occupied.


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays

    Small central garden is organic

    Individual choice

    Individual choice

    We are proud to be a non-smoking community

Community Affiliations

Monan’s Rill


consensus, cooperation, compassion, kindness, generosity

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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.