East Lake Commons CoHousing
Decatur, Georgia, United States
- Last updated: November 27, 2018 (4 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: October 20, 2004
Children can run and play with their friends in a safe and nurturing environment; teenagers have supportive role models; and seniors are actively integrated into the community. We are an intergenerational community with diverse religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, and differently abled. What binds us together is knowing and caring about our neighbors.
We manage the community ourselves using a consensus decision-making process. A backup voting procedure is also in place, with each owner getting two votes. Core community values include sustainability, visitability, diversity, affordability, and community.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1997
- Start Living Together: 1999
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.eastlakecommons.org/
- Contact Name: East Lake Commons Cohousing
- Community Address:
900 Dancing Fox Rd
Decatur, Georgia, 30032
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Additional Comments:
With back-up voting procedure
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
We share some common space, occasional meals, some tools, etc.
All are welcome.
Each adult is asked to contribute 4 hours per month to community projects; however this policy is currently under review.
Owners pay monthly HOA dues (currently around $150, depending on unit size) for maintaining common areas, etc.
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Shared meals: Rarely
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Sunday meals with potlucks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Typically 10 to 40 people attend on a given night.
Most residents enjoy vegetables and honey from our organic gardens, cost to join CSA (half-share) is $300/year. Individual garden plots are also available
Meals are usually vegetarian with options based on individual requests
Wide variation among different households. Lots of vegetarians, vegans, etc.
Responsible use of alcohol is allowed in the Common House
Banned from Common House
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
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