N Street Cohousing

Davis, California, United States

  • Last updated: December 5, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Mission Statement

sharing resources. meals, etc

Community Description

N Street is a cohousing community that was started in 1986 when two tract homes built in the early 1950s took down their side fences. We started using a garage as a common house in 1988 after reading Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves by Mccamant and Durrett.

“N” Street continues to grow slowly, adding one house at a time. We currently have expanded to 20 houses, 13 homes on “N” Street that back up to 7 homes on the adjacent street. (Two of the homes on N Street are across the street from the community but are occupied by active members.) The removal of fences has created a beautiful open-space area that includes vegetable, flower gardens; a play structure; a hot tub; chicken coop, large grassy area, pond, and more.

We enjoy sharing community meals in our newly rebuilt common house three to four times per week and work parties once a month. We have a rich set of traditions including coming of age ceremonies. We are a mixed community of half renters and half homeowners of around 11 kids and 50 adults.

We make decisions by consensus with everyone having an equal ability to participate after having lived in the community for three months and having attended three meetings. We use a modified consensus where a 75% super majority can vote if consensus cannot be reached after six meetings and three months of effort have passed. So far, we have never gone through that whole process to a vote.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1988
  • Start Living Together: 1986
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.nstreetcohousing.org
  • Contact Name: N Street Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    724 N St
    Davis, California, 95616
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Area: 3 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 18
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    may never be



    1600 sq ft apt upstairs and 400 sq ft suite downstairs


  • Adult Members: 61
  • Child Members: 16
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visit our website a www.nstreetcohousing.org

  • Open to new Members: Yes


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

    fall back 75% supermajority though it has never been used.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    cooking meals and helping in other tasks

    $21 per adult per month in dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Must have vegetarian option

    more vegans all the time

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Additional Comments

We continue to grow

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