Frog Song

Cotati, California, United States

  • Last updated: March 3, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Cohousing Community

Community Description

Our community is a part of downtown Cotati, California (population 6,700). We are a typical cohousing community in that we are not organized around any particular religious, economic, political, or lifestyle focus, other than our intention to create a neighborhood that by its physical design and social structure facilitates community.

Our community houses 30 families (including singles, couples with and without children, and single parents) in townhouse-style attached homes. Our common house includes a kitchen, dining room, guest rooms, children’s room, and a workshop.

We’re a little different from many cohousing communities in that we were required by the city of Cotati to include 6700 square feet of retail space as part of our development. We decided to keep ownership of this retail space as a community. We now live next door to a handful of small businesses, which are locally owned.

Community dinners and workdays are a part of our lives. Our key policy decisions are made by consensus, and we meet once monthly for two-hour business and community-development meetings.

Our group formed out of the old Acacia Cohousing Group in Santa Rosa, California, a group which started meeting in November of 1994. The current group came together in the late summer/early fall of 1998, and in January 2000 we found a 2.3 acre parcel of land in downtown Cotati. With the help of the Cohousing Company (Nevada City, California), and our developer, Wonderland Hill (Boulder, Colorado), construction was completed and residents began moving into their new homes in 2003.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1998
  • Start Living Together: 2003
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.cotaticohousing.org
  • Business, Project, or Organization: http://cotaticohousing.org
  • Contact Name: Frog Song
  • Community Address:
    8290 Old Redwood Highway
    Cotati, California, 94928
    United States
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About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Each household owns its own home, plus a share of the common space (we have 30 homes plus 7 retail spaces).

    Kitchen; Dining/Dance/Meeting Hall; Guest Rooms; Common Storage; Kids’ Play Room, Living Room; Laundry/Clotheslines; Workshop. We are now discussing plans to expand the space above the kids’ room and guest rooms.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 57
  • Child Members: 18
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us through our email (listed on our website) to arrange a visit or tour. We cannot accommodate “Drop-in” visitors, so please visit only after you’ve made arrangements with us.

  • Membership Process:

    Open when homes come up for sale or rent.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Each household qualifies for their mortgage independent from the rest of the community.

    Members are required to help cook at least once a month, participate in work days, and serve on at least one committee.

    Homeowner’s Association dues vary by size of home (sizes range from 2 bedrooms/1 bathroom to four bedrooms/3 bathrooms).

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide 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), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We hold common dinners 2-3 times per week. We require vegetarian dishes at every meal.

    Last time we had tobacco, it was when one of the kids was born. That’s about it!

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US