River Rock Commons

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: January 10, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement


Community Description

River Rock Commons is a cohousing development of 34 homes and a 2500-square-foot common house, located in the “Old Town” area of Fort Collins, Colorado, next to a large city park.

Local amenities include Lee Martinez Park, on 50+ acres with tennis and basketball courts, softball fields, playground, picnic areas, and a working demonstration farm. The Cache la Poudre River borders the park, with natural areas, trails, and wildlife. The Historic Downtown District is five blocks away, with restaurants, shops, galleries, museum, post office, city and county buildings, public library, Lincoln Center performing arts center, and TransFort transit hub. We are 11 blocks from Colorado State University and within one hour of Poudre Canyon, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee Grasslands, Lory State Park, Horsetooth Mountain Park, Horsetooth Reservoir, Cache La Poudre Wilderness Area, Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Denver.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1996
  • Start Living Together: 1999
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.riverrock.org/
  • Contact Name: River Rock Commons
  • Community Address:
    520 N Sherwood St
    Fort Collins, Colorado, 80521
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Area: 3.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 34
  • Additional Comments:



  • Adult Members: 80
  • Child Members: 25
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us via www.riverrock.org/contact.shtml.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    individual choice


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

    All members living at River Rock are invited to serve on committees.


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

    several hours per month, serve on committees

    No fee, live here by purchasing home

    HOA dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    weekly in winter, less frequently in summer

    community organic garden

    We have omnivores to vegans

    Not allowed in community areas

Additional Comments

near downtown, next to large city park and river