Pleasant Hill Cohousing

Pleasant Hill, California, United States

  • Last updated: July 6, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: October 20, 2004

Mission Statement

Intergenerational cohousing

Community Description

We are a suburban cohousing community on 2.2 acres in Pleasant Hill, California, (near Walnut Creek, east of San Francisco). We have 32 self-sufficient townhouse-style units along with a common house (kitchen/dining room, sitting room, laundry, and kids’ room), workshop, organic garden, kiln, pool, and hot tub. We used energy efficient green building features in our original design and added photovoltaic solar panels after move-in. A hiking/biking trail, an elementary school, and various shops are all nearby. We moved in fall 2001. Please see our website for more information about our community.


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2.2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 32
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: California Condominium Homeowners Association


  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 15
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We have monthly tours on the first Sunday of the month (most months). Please see our website for more information:

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    if and when a unit is for sale or rent


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

    Executive Committee elected each year

    modified consensus, with voting backup procedure


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Additional Comments:

    Work 4 hours/month or buyout. Actively serve on at least one committee.

    Homeowners Association dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, 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), 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Cook’s choice but we try to always have a vegetarian or vegan option, a gluten-free option, and a kid option.

    Varies – vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores

    Smoking is prohibited in common house

  • 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
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Try not to infect others when you or your children are sick.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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