Washington Commons

West Sacramento, California, United States

  • Last updated: December 20, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 29, 2013

Mission Statement

For people who value relationships and quality of life.

Community Description

Washington Commons Cohousing

A group of enthusiastic community members are working to advance a walkable urban multi-story project across the Sacramento River from Downtown Sacramento. Our goal is to create a strong community open to all ages with a blend of privacy and community for those working, recreating, and wishing to live in the Downtown core. Early participation in our community will give members an opportunity to help shape the character of the community and the design of our project.

Our project site is in the historic Washington neighborhood two blocks from the river, its trails and parkways, just north of the Tower Bridge. The neighborhood is part of the exciting, emerging riverfront district on both sides of the river. Downtown Sacramento, Old Sacramento, the State Capitol, and numerous museums including the Crocker Art Museum, restaurants and event venues such as the new Golden 1 NBA arena are a short walk across the bridge from the site. On the West Sacramento side of the river:
* parks and a walking trail along the Sacramento river,
* Triple A baseball Raley Field,
* event venue The Barn,
* a community garden
* West Sacramento Community Center
* as well as shops and restaurants, all within walking distance.

We have purchased our land and expect to begin the architectural design process soon. We are working with national cohousing expert, Kathryn McCamant, CoHousing Solutions.

Come meet with us and explore becoming a member of our community. As a member you will help us shape our community and project. Check our website for upcoming events like our Kick-off workshop March 2 & 3.


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


  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 0.56 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Individually owned condominium flats (on one level).
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Condominium ownership.
  • Additional Comments:

    We expect an urban infill type development similar to PDX Commons in Portland.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visit our website: htpp//www.Washington-Commons.org

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We are actively recruiting new members. We are holding site visits and other events. Please visit our website for the latest events and to sign up for our email newsletter and event notification. We also encourage you to follow our Facebook page and be part of our Meetup group.


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

    We are committed to being a collaborative, consensus building community.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Financial commitment is essential to moving our community forward. Our initial membership investment is $2,000. We also have an “Explorer” category at $250 that enables interested individuals to participate in our forming workshops to see if they would like to join our community.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: We expect to maximize renewable energy.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet, Will be determined by the group.
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Diet is up to each individual. How we do meals has yet to be determined. We are planning monthly potluck events to build our community.

  • Additional Comments:

    When we have a core group of members, we will be formulating the outlines of the community including what community facilities will be provided.

Additional Comments

We are at the beginning of a vital, creative process and we anticipate the participation of many enthusiastic and talented individuals.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations



Proactive Adult Community, Lifelong Learning Community