Two Acre Wood

Sebastopol, California, United States

  • Last updated: May 16, 2017 (1 week ago)
  • Listing created on: January 20, 2005

Mission Statement

community oriented living

Community Description

Two Acre Wood Cohousing is a community in the traditional cohousing mold. We are generally all politically progressive, environmentally conscious, and interested in learning to live together in a supportive, loving community with lots of room for individual differences. We have no official philosophy.

We moved into our brand-new homes in the summer of 1999. So far only three units have changed hands as of early 2016.

We do have one or two possible rental homes and, sometimes, house sitting opportunities. We will be maintaining a list of people who might be interested in purchasing or renting a unit should one become available. If you would like to be on a notification list for future openings, email your name, email address, and phone number to [email protected]

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Plus a common house

    14

Membership

  • Adult Members: 23
  • Child Members: 11
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please email us to set up an appointment for a tour. We are a small community and will try to accommodate your request. Please give us as much advance notice as possible.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    As openings permit we are open to new members. If you live close-by, we also have an affiliated dinner club.

Government

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

    We have a coordinating committee that represents all of our committees. But decisions are made by the community as a whole by consensus.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Additional Comments:

    It is not a strict requirement, but an expectation that all will help with community work.

    purchase of a unit (condo style ownership) or rent a unit, or rent as a roommate

    Homeowners association dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Fire pit
  • 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: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    It varies, but 2 seems to be the average lately

    community vegetable garden and lots of fruit trees

    Cooks try to accommodate special needs like wheat free, most meals are organic

    We do eat meat but not on a real regular basis.

    In individual homes and with community dinners and parties

    no one here smokes publicly, not allowed in public areas

  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling