Fresno Cohousing (a.k.a. La Querencia)

Fresno, California, United States

  • Last updated: July 4, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: October 13, 2004

Mission Statement

an intergenerational community

Community Description

Live in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley.

La Querencia is a 28-home community on 2.8 acres in Northeast Fresno, in the heart of California. The community is close to good schools, churches (next door to the Unitarian Universalist Church and the Buddhist Temple), shopping, and bike and walking paths. Fresno offers a cornucopia of cultural activities, including festivals, events, galleries, concerts, opera, and theater, and ample outdoor recreation opportunities. Fresno is within an easy drive of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Pacific coast, and the California wine and gold country.

Eco-friendly features include: photovoltaic solar panels on every home; passive solar features on the pool; whole-house fans; Energy Star appliances; natural light; dual-flush low-flow toilets; low-VOC and high-recycled content in flooring, paint, and work surfaces; dual-pane windows; advanced framing techniques; cellulose insulation, and more.

Additional amenities include: gym, pool, accessibility lift for pool, spa, community-wide WiFi, workshop, organic vegetable garden, common house with gourmet kitchen, water and waterfowl view, guest room, children’s playroom, youth room, lounge with fireplace, front porches or balconies and trellises.



  • Fresno cohousing blog:
    The random day to day activities and events in Fresno Cohousing, La Querencia. A gathering of people living in community, sharing resources and creating a better world, one neighborhood at a time.
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  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Pat Looney-Burman
  • Phone: 559-481-1527
  • Community Address:
    2658 East Alluvial Ave.
    Fresno, California, 93720
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2.8 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 28
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: We are a condominium.
  • Additional Comments:

    There are no commercial buildings. In addition to the homes, we have a 4000 square foot common house designed for full time community use, plus a completely outfitted workshop and crafts room, optional garages, and a pool building that houses an exercise room and a teen room.

    The community has 28 units

    We have a gourmet kitchen (although each individual home has its own kitchen), dining/multipurpose room (with bamboo flooring), sitting/TV room, guest apartment, shared laundry (although every home has connections for its own laundry facilities), kids room, mail room, and dining patio – all a part of the Common House.


  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 12
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us at [email protected], or call 559-481-1527 for an appointment and to find out about any available homes.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We are open to people of all ages and family configurations. We sometimes have homes for sale and sometimes have homes for rent.

  • Additional Comments:

    All are welcome, with or without a spiritual/religious path. The only requirement is agreement and compliance with our mission and values statements.

    No shared spiritual path.

    Residents are free to make their own school choices. There are excellent award-winning schools available.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We are non-hierarchically structured.

    We use formal consensus for most important decisions, and supermajority for others.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Since community members have to purchase a home, they would have to qualify for a mortgage. As long as that can happen, they are welcome.

    Members are expected to be on at least one committee, and come to meetings regularly. We all share the work of maintaining our community. We each cook a common meal once per month and serve on meal cleanup crew twice per month. We each have a weekly task.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet, crafts room
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our community is not bound to any particular dietary philosophy, but we will respect the food needs of all members when creating common meal menus.

    We have a mixture of dietary practices in our group.

    Some members use no alcohol, but others use alcohol occasionally. Few, if any, are smokers.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Lutheran, Catholic, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

People from a big city would be more likely to see our location as suburban, but here, it is considered an urban location here.

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