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About Cohousing

Cohousing is a type of intentional, self-selected community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities aimed at providing mutual support, caring and happiness. The community is planned, owned and managed in concert by the residents, who share activities which typically include cooking, dining, child care, gardening and management of the community. Cohousing offers common facilities and areas for dining, laundry, child care, offices, guests, speakers, recreation and entertainment. Its origins came from Denmark in the 1960s, and today dozens of cohousing communities populate the U.S. Cohousing’s informal motto is: “Building a better society, one neighborhood at a time.” More information is available at cohousing.org.

Walnut Commons Cohousing Is Unique

Most cohousing communities consist of homes or townhouses, with a separate community house. Typically they are in suburban or exurban locations. Walnut Commons breaks the mold in two ways: It consists of a single, three-story building — while still providing a spacious ground-floor Common Area with shared facilities along with numerous architectural community-enhancing features like shared decks and a common kitchen. And Walnut Commons is decidedly urban, situated squarely in the colorful, creative and thriving downtown of Santa Cruz, California — itself a distinctly friendly, community-oriented place with all of the amenities but few of the associated drawbacks (traffic, pollution and crowdedness) of metropolitan dwelling. At Walnut Commons we blend the convenience and culture of big-city living with the community and togetherness of small-town society. Throw in the boardwalk and beach in walking distance, along with multiple surfing, biking and hiking options as well as the creative vibrancy of the University of California at Santa Cruz nearby, and Walnut Commons offers an unmatched richness of living experience to its residents.

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Learn More

The cohousing.org website gives a broad overview of cohousing, including a directory of cohousing communities across the nation. Other resources include Cohousing California and Cohousing Partners.

Walnut Commons Cohousing is:

“A group of people coming together to build a more sustainable, intentional community.”

“A neighborhood, custom-built for and with future residents.”

Walnut Commons can be reached at 831-854-7206.