Prudence Crandall House – closed

Oakland, California, United States

Disbanded Community
  • Last updated: July 1, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

To be an urban community

Community Description

Prudence Crandall House (PCH) had evolved our 1970’s model of collective living into the 21st century within our 1912, 5 bedroom+++, 3,000-sq-ft with lots of common space, Craftsman house on the Berkeley-Oakland border. As the last of the original founders, a retired house remodeler, I am moving out of my home of 44 years into mor eappropriate housing for a senior.
I hope to see this house continue as a community, so I am trying to help the process, but it needs to happen immediately.

I sold this house. The new owner defaulted, it will be auctioned soon.
The house next door will be placed on the market sometime in the next year.

The appraised value for this house is $1,175,000 and would probably sell for more if listed on the open market. I am offering this house for $1,100,000 fixed price. Please inquire for more information about this house.

The house itself has been improved to accommodate collective living. Green features include extensive insulation, wood-burning stove with a catalytic converter, solar hot water tank, and photovoltaic panels on the roof. The rich dense soil has been improved with composting since 1972. Perennial crops include raspberries, apples, figs, persimmons, pomegranate and herbs, as well as year-round vegetable beds.

We are in an active neighborhood group of two adjacent blocks with 148 households and no through traffic. Additionally, there are other seniors in the immediate neighborhood interested in selling (over the next several years) to households committed to “shared-living.” Potential options to buy include three single family houses and one 4-plex on the same block.

  • Status: Disbanded
  • Started Planning: 1971
  • Start Living Together: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Spring Ruth Friedlander
  • Mailing Address:
    1125 East 18th Street, Apt 43
    Oakland, California, 94606
    United States
  • Location

  • This Community has Disbanded

    Year disbanded: 2018


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, The community has closed
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    40 x 120′ lot

    No cohouser bought when the neighboring houses were for sale in 2003, ’05, 15
    434 66th St., Oakland, CA 94609, is available for purchase for a fixed price of $1,100,000 till Feb. 2016.
    Our next-door neighbor is interested in her house ending up in a similar ownership when she stops living there. I am 72 and she is 73 years old.

    2 large houses, with 9 adults and 1 full-time and 1 part-time child.

    in PCH

    Prices have dropped enough for others to buy adjacent to us in our great neighborhood.


  • Adult Members: 0
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Minor adjustments are made for varying finances.

    As long as they pay rent, utilities & food on time.

    Share of cooking, grocery shopping, and meal clean-up, + house duties + 4 hours workday @ every 4th week plus house duties.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biofuel, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Workshop, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a 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), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have composted vegi beds with drip irrigation, fruit trees, etc.

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

Additional Comments

One mile south of UCB, 7 houses from a major street

1997, joined by house next door

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Organization of Women Architects, as a building contractor and former City Planner with a focus on Housing Housing

Community Affiliations

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urban collective, new urbanism