Santa Cruz, California, United States
- Last updated: August 18, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: May 30, 2011
Walnut Commons is an urban community that fosters mutual support and cooperation while respecting privacy. We encourage ecologically responsible living, nonviolence, a healthy living environment, and we value active participation in the local and larger world.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2010
- Start Living Together: 2014
- Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
- Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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- Website address: http://www.walnutcommons.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walnut-Commons/225362124179000
- Contact Name: Judy Pisano
- Community Address:
190 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, California, 95060
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
- Location: Urban
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
We have four officers, President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, as required by the State. All member owners are members of the Board. Currently we have business meetings which everyone attends once a month. Everyone is a member of at least one Team, such as Facilities, Outreach, Finance, etc. The Teams set-up their own meeting schedule.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Everyone is sharing tasks needed to keep our community functioning well.
You own your own condo.
Each condo pays monthly HOA dues.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Solar
- 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: From 50-75%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
- 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 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.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US
urban, multi-generational, diverse, environmentally conscious, civically engaged