Last updated: August 1, 2011 (5 years ago)

Listing created on: January 17, 2005


(Sacramento, California, United States)

Mission Statement:

Artist live/work community

Community Description:

These are architecturally designed, lofted, small single-family houses. They are built with SIPS panels, a high-insulation pre-fabricated panel system that can be constructed quickly and provides great strength and R-factor. The open living plan has a 20′-high ceiling in the main room. The houses have three small bedrooms; however, some of the two bedrooms in the loft have been changed to one open space. Houses have been engineered for solar power and may be fitted with a system later. The detached 800-sq-ft studios have 12′-high walls, a roll-up and regular door, around three windows and two skylights. Studios are about 13 to 25 feet from the house. There is gated parking for each house.

Each lot has space for a small patio, and the properties will pool their back sides to make a communal walkway and garden. We plan to open studios some of the time to become a destination for arts events, classes, and such. There is, however, a restriction about posting regular open hours.

Light rail is a three-minute walk,and there are bike trails into town through the Discovery Park area of the river front. Within walking distance there are coffee shops, galleries , a hardware store, library, tennis court, ball park, boxing, kung fu, and two little theatres. A new children’s gated “Tot Lot” just opened four blocks away.

Homes/studios may come open for sale or lease from time to time, email for information.



  • Area: 1.5 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 11
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: It is devided into 11 parcels and has been deeded to each family.

    we each own our own lot

    plus 11 studios

    Build phase took 16 months

    11 single housing units, 11 art studios.


  • Adult Members: 24
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact us at [email protected] or visit our website to see when the next open studio or class is.
  • Membership Process: email to see if any houses are available
  • Additional Comments: or individual choice


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: President that rotates

    leadership chores rotate

    may also have rotating committees


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: we have a small shared account for web and other expences

    The building of the houses/studios have taken working together at 34 hours a week untill done, then have comittments to the community of 11 days a year min. teaching art for local students.

    $250 towards group account, and fees towards buying house (Down payment, closing costs, tool fees

    Not decided yet, perhaps a small fee ($10 a month) to cover advertising and web fees for the group

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Additional Diet Comments: we do like pot lucks and BBQs

    Several members have kitchen gardens. Fruit and nut trees have been planted. One member is prepairing his property to be an organic garden with enough food to sell or trade with others.




  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Additional Comments


October 7th 2006

Photo Gallery


Sacramento,California,open studio,city

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.