Re: 12 Unit Cohousing - Too Small?
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 17:04:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Scott —

I believe there are quite a few.  These are some I know of — all in CA.

Doyle Street
Temescal Commons
Temescal Creek

You  might also query the Archives for the Cohousing L.  Look at the bottom of 
any email for directions to the Archive.

My guess is lots of folks on this list will let you know if their community 
fits your criteria.  So you’ll probably have a bunch to review!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

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> On Sep 19, 2020, at 7:42 PM, fergyb2 via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> I believe Doyle Street Cohousing in Albany, CA  where  Chuck and Katie 
> Durrett once lived is a similar size but also in an urban environment.  Also 
> New Brighton Cohousing in Santa Cruz County, CA is small.  Usually the trade 
> off is more intimacy in a small community vs maybe not enough folk to do the 
> necessary work.
> Bonnie Fergusson
> Swans Market Cohousing
> Oakland, CA
> Sent from my iPad
>> On Sep 19, 2020, at 4:21 PM, Scott Wild <wildscott [at]> wrote:
>> First listserv post so bear with me!
>> We recently met some kind, motivated folks forming a cohousing group
>> around a 1.5 acre parcel near a small city. They're aggressively
>> pursuing the parcel as land in the area is rare, expensive, and zoned
>> for large single family homes.
>> Due to zoning restrictions they're planning on 12 approx. 1,000-1,500
>> sq ft cottages, and don't seem immediately interested in lobbying the
>> city for more dense permitting - a la duplex/quadplex construction.
>> Does anyone have familiarity with smaller cohousing communities? I'm
>> aware of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, which seems quite successful at
>> 9 units, but they're in a fully urban environment.
>> Thanks for your input!
>> Scott
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