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WELCOME! We are planning to build Fair Oaks EcoHousing, a neighborhood of 30 homes in Fair Oaks, 18 miles east of downtown Sacramento, California. We are working with award-winning architect Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects and Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions .
Our Vision is to create an inclusive, earth-friendly community that fosters supportive relationships based on respect, cooperation, and fun.
We’re actively looking for others who share our vision to join us.
The Location: We have purchased 3.7 acres of land at 4025 New York Avenue. The site is close to the American River Parkway, Fair Oaks Village, Sacramento Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner College, and Bannister Park.
We call ourselves both EcoHousing and Cohousing.
What is EcoHousing? EcoHousing allows community members to “tread lightly” on the earth by incorporating "eco" features and reducing dependence on the automobile.
Green features include energy-efficient buildings, environmentally-friendly building materials, a small footprint, fruit trees, organic gardens, and rain gardens (on-site water retention).
Reduced Driving: Equally important, the lifestyle and location facilitate reduced car dependence. With many activities onsite and nearby, residents won't feel the need to leave the neighborhood as often.
What is Cohousing? Cohousing offers a balance of privacy and community. Cohousing combines private homes with extensive community facilities to create neighborhoods that address the needs of working parents and seniors. By combining private homes with a shared clubhouse and garden, residents experience the feeling of a small village where neighbors know and care about each other. The club house is a hub of social activity for the residents and is also available as a meeting place for neighborhood gatherings. All homes are owned by individual families, as with other market-rate condominiums.
Community video: Watch the 8 minute video of La Querencia in Fresno to see a community in action. http://www.fresnocohousing.org/video-neighborly.html
For more information:
Roslyn Eliaser ........... (916) 599-6549 or reliaser at sonic.net
Linda Tanforan .......... (916) 359-3742 or braille at surewest.net
Marty Maskall ........... (916) 967-2472 or mmaskall at gmail.com
www.cohousing.org .... The Cohousing Association of the U.S.
If you'd like to learn more about cohousing, the best place to start is Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities, by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. It's available for $32.95 in Fair Oaks Village at BBQ Pro, 10136 Fair Oaks Blvd, or at your local bookstore.
Email Discussion Group: For a realistic window into the joys and challenges of daily life in community, go to http://cohousing.org/cohousing-l
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