Re: Visit to Sebastopol
From: Raines Cohen (
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 09:51:38 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, Karen. Congratulations on your upcoming inflatable space station commune orbiting Mars (inside joke that will be explained soon in a separate message), and welcome to Northern California Cohousing. I visited one of your community meetings last year, and was impressed both with the site and the group (and the incredible amount of cohousing activity happening in Madison, between the existing built group and the under-construction affordable project north of town and the new one happening out West.

Unfortunately, you'll just miss next week's Coho/US-organized bus tour that visits several East Bay and North Bay cohousing neighborhoods, but you may be able to visit several individually.

Do keep in mind that only a small fraction of people living in cohousing are on this mailing list; you may want to contact some individually via the Coho/US cohousing communities directory:

In Sebastopol in particular there is one long-established community, Two Acre Wood, and two affordable cohousing projects under development (one homeowner, one rental). In nearby Cotati, Frog Song is at the heart of a small town's downtown, and Yulupa is just up the road in Santa Rosa. The small but lovely Forty Oaks in Petaluma (which has flickered on and off of cohousing lists because of its unconventional no-common-house-yet arrangement) could well be worth a visit if you can find a host there.

If you can make it down the road to the East Bay, you'll find the U.S. city with the most cohousing neighborhoods, Oakland, California, and communities in nearby Emeryville and Berkeley, as well as just East of the Hills in Pleasant Hill. If your visit coincides with my being in town I'd be happy to host you for a visit or common dinner here at Berkeley cohousing. Do check the East Bay Cohousing calendar for any happenings during your visit:

Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
Planning for Sustainable Communities
Regional Organizer, Northern California Cohousing

On May 11, 2007, at 6:34 PM, Karen Carlson wrote:

about to purchase land and break ground for new construction. ( A brief note: we will be located in the central part of town on land owned by a hospital that can't use the land for expansion. We will have a mixture
of existing homes, a triplex already on the property, two apartment
buildings, and a duplex constructed by Habitat for Humanity; 40 units in all.) I will be visiting family in Sebastopol the first week of June and
would very much like to visit cohousing communities in the the area.

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