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Welcome to Walnut Commons Cohousing
Santa Cruz, California

Hooray, construction is complete and many of us moved in during July 2014.
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What is cohousing, you ask? In our case, it’s a condominium where you choose your neighbors. It’s a familiar community where decisions are made by consensus among friends. You will own your individual unit, and there will be spacious shared facilities, including a full kitchen, group dining area, entertainment and recreation rooms, and a view deck on each floor.

It’s the ultimate expression of community — people who like each other, share each others’ values and want to spend time together.

Cohousing is exploding across suburban America. Walnut Commons is unique in that it’s a single building and decidedly urban, situated a short walk from Santa Cruz’s eclectic downtown, legendary boardwalk, and popular beaches.

There’s never a dull moment in Santa Cruz. Everything you could want — music, pubs, night clubs, natural-foods groceries, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, biking, hiking, surfing, even ukulele clubs — they’re practically next door to Walnut Commons Cohousing.

Construction began with groundbreaking in March 2013, with anticipated occupancy in May 2014. Only two units remain available. So feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience. There’s no obligation, and the only follow-ups will be ones you initiate. You’re also welcome to attend our weekly membership meetings to get to know us better, learn how we work together and decide whether cohousing is for you.

Our Vision Statement

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.

Our meaning of mutual support includes listening for the needs of others and being willing to express our own needs, trusting others will listen, recognize, and facilitate meeting those needs.

Our meaning of cooperation is a spirit and attitude of responsibility to others by participating in tasks, meetings, and group activities for the welfare of the community as a whole.

Our meaning of ecologically responsible living is an agreement to use locally grown, chemically free food for our common meals whenever possible; to complement our “green” building by monitoring our water usage, using non-toxic chemicals for cleaning, being sensitive to our use of energy sources for heat and light, and reducing, reusing, and recycling our consumption of non-natural products; and seeking other ways to live lightly on the earth.

Our meaning of nonviolence includes being kind, living in a weapon-free community, practicing compassionate communication and promoting a peaceful world.

Our meaning of a healthy living environment includes an environment that is safe and secure, with good quality air and food, and attention to people’s health needs (such as allergies, diet, physical access and mobility).

Walnut Commons can be reached at 831-750-7115.