Sacramento Suburban Cohousing

Fair Oaks, California, United States

  • Last updated: July 3, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: March 5, 2005

Mission Statement

We’re an intergeneratonal cohousing community actively looking for others who share our vision to join us!

Community Description

We are building Fair Oaks EcoHousing, a neighborhood of 30 families in Fair Oaks, eighteen miles east of Sacramento, California. We started construction in December 2017. The homes will be completed in Spring 2019.

Our vision is for an inclusive, earth-friendly community that fosters supportive relationships based on respect, cooperation, and fun. We have purchased 3.7 acres of land in Fair Oaks. The site is close to the American River Parkway, Fair Oaks Village, Sacramento Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner College, and Bannister Park. We are working with award-winning architect Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects and development consultant Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions.

For more information, please visit our website at contact Marty Maskall by email or phone. We’d love to have you on board!


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 3.7 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 30
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The Community’s LLC
  • Additional Comments:

    We started construction in December 2017. We expect the 30 homes to be completed in Spring/Summer 2019.


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

    Attend one of our site tours to see the property and talk with some of our members. Upcoming site tour dates are posted on the website:

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Becoming a member is a self-selecting process. We allow people as much time as they need in order to decide whether or not cohousing is right for them. We provide opportunities to explore the idea and get to know current members of the group. Call us and we can answer your questions, and come meet us at one of our monthly site tours or potlucks. Visit to learn more.


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

    Marty Maskall, founder

    Unanimous Consent with a Voting Fallback


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Contribute to downpayment

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Internet
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We expect regular common meals, at least 3 per week.

    We will offer vegan & vegetarian options on request.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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