Oak Creek Commons

Paso Robles, California, United States

  • Last updated: January 10, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

cohousing community

Community Description

Oak Creek Commons is a cohousing community dedicated to creating a sense of community through joint activities and meals. Our homes are on 4.4 acres, with adjoining 10 acres of California oak woodlands. We have thriving gardens and an orchard. Community members built a children’s play structure and contributed to building a workshop. We have common meals two days a week, as well as Saturday-morning bagels and TGIF parties. In addition to enjoying pool and spa, we have big meals for Thanksgiving and solstice and have a (more or less!) fabulous 4th of July parade.

Many members are highly active in local sustainability and other green efforts, and some are politically active locally. We welcome having more children in the community.

Paso Robles, the site of Oak Creek Commons, is a charming and growing town of 29,000 in the heart of the Central Coast wine country (as in the movie “Sideways”). We have bright clear sunny days most of the year. We are midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and 30 minutes from Pacific beaches on the coast. There are great bicycling and hiking opportunities nearby, as well as a large amateur arts community, good musical opportunities, and many interesting activities year-round, such as antique car shows, wine and olive festivals, a country fair, etc. Our community is surrounded by a countryside of gorgeous rolling hills with vineyards, oaks, wild grasses, and a springtime wildflower heaven nearby. We are 27 miles from the “big city” of San Luis Obispo, a charming college town (California Polytechnic) with fun shops and bistros.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1999
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.oakcreekcommons.org/
  • Community Address:
    Oak Creek Commons
    635 Nicklaus Street
    Paso Robles, California, 93446
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Area: 14.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 36
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    Includes 10 acres of oaks

    5 freestanding homes; 31 homes are part of a duplex or triplex

    31 condos +5 houses


  • Adult Members: 40
  • Child Members: 20
  • Non-member Residents: 9
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact Sue Aiken at the group’s email address.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Yes, whenever a home is for sale or rental comes available.

  • Additional Comments:

    Public and private schools


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

    Homeowners association and committees.


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

    $60 for couples and $40 for singles deducted from homeowners dues if couples contribute 3 hours per month and singles 2 hours per month.

    Usual homeowner’s assn fee

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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Common meals always include a vegetarian choice