Kingfisher Cohousing on Brookdale

Oakland, California, United States

  • Last updated: April 16, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 27, 2006

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create Cohousing in our Brookdale Ave property, as described in the book “Cohousing” by McCamant and Durrett, with the following characteristics:

Architectural design that facilitates interaction, with a central courtyard
Parking separate from homes
A common house with shared facilities
Member managed
Shared work load
Common meals

This is a market-rate model, with a combination of rental apartments and condominiums for purchase with significant down payment required. We are not organized around any political or religious philosophy, only the desire to eat together, have a sense of community with good communication, and take care of our property.

Community Description

formerly North Oakland Cohousing.

I hope to create a community with people who are committed to collaboration, good communication, consensus-oriented decision making, and respect for each other.

I have an 8-unit apartment complex with a common house, built around a charming courtyard, in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, a few blocks below Hwy 580. The plan is for members to move in as the existing tenants naturally move out over time. As of April 2018, 4 units are occupied by the tenants who were here when we purchased (very nice neighbors, and two are interested in being part of cohousing), I am also living on site, and 3 units will soon be available for cohousers, two as condominiums for sale and one rental. Whether this develops into cohousing or just a friendly complex depends on who moves in here.

To find out more see our web site and contact us at [email protected]


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Two apartment buildings facing a central courtyard.

    The buildings were constructed in 1940. There is a sizeable space that can be purchased by the community and converted to a Common House if the community that develops here wants it.

    We own the building and are gradually bringing in community members as vacancies occur.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    I host a work day, potluck lunch and tour once a month. Check our website for dates, and email or phone me to confirm.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    seeking community members who have the time and energy to create a new community, and manage this solid but aging property


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We plan to use Consensus Oriented decision making for the discussion and problem-solving stage, and either vote or use consensus with a voting backup for the actual decision. This will be up to the people who join.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 4
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Visitors are welcome to attend meetings until they decide whether to join as associates and (eventually) become full members. Associates pay $100 a month. Members who purchase condominiums invest a large sum, (minimum $35,000 as of early 2016), members who rent pay market rents ($1,475 for a 1-bedroom as of early 2016) which is then subject to Oakland’s rent control. For renters, the rent covers all of their membership costs.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, 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: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We generally accommodate individual needs at meals, it’s up to the cook. Smoking (tobacco and marijuana) allowed outside, well away from windows. Vaping (tobacco and marijuana) allowed in apartments.

  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

About the common house: if people move in and create cohousing, the community can purchase the common house.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, East Bay Cohousing