Pleasant Hill Cohousing
Individual Homes - Common Areas - Green Building Strategies -
Availability and Pricing - Prospective Buyers
There are 32 units, grouped in various configurations ranging from 2-6 homes per building. The buildings were constructed with wood framing, stucco outer walls, and corrogated metal roofing. The smallest units are 675 sq ft one-bedrooms; the largest are 1707 sq ft four-bedrooms.
Each home has its own kitchen. The homes are owned individually as condominiums. We've included the HOA (homeowners association) dues amounts in the last column.
Our 3,835 sq ft Common House contains a kitchen, dining room ("great room"), sitting room, laundry, kids room, teens/older kids room, crafts room, guest rooms, bathrooms, and fireplace. See Photos of the Common House (in 2002).
The Common House is the only building in the project that has air conditioning. However to minimize the use of air conditioning, the building also has a cooling tower with large fans that can be used in the evening to pull cooler air into the building and push hot air out.
Other common facilities include swimming pool, hot tub, large sandbox/play area, workshop, bike shed, organic garden, and granite boulders from original site - both decorative and used by children for climbing. Site Map (pre-construction)
Kitchen Patio & Pool
Green Building Strategies
We used the following green (environmentally friendly) building strategies throughout the project:
Passive heating and cooling such as trellises and trees on the south and west; built-in awnings and overhangs; operable windows, ceiling fans, and shallow spaces for cross-ventilation; opaque, reflective, interior shutters; and whole-house fans for night cooling. Polay Ply radiant barriers, corrugated metal roofing, low-e windows, and thicker and denser gypsum board were also used.
The houses have no electric air conditioning despite 1,000+ cooling degree days; a cooling tower is used in the Common House, supplemented by thermostatically controlled fans when needed. A shared water heater provides potable hot water and radiant baseboard heating. Low-flow fixtures and efficient flourescent lighting are used throughout. Wet-spray cellulose provides R-22 (RSI-3.9) insulation in the walls and R-38 (RSI-6.7) in the ceilings. Fireplaces were excluded to ensure better air sealing. All concrete contains 15% fly ash. FSC-certified wood was specified for framing, and advanced-framing techniques were used. Bamboo, natural linoleum, and FSC-certified wood were used for flooring. Low-VOC materials were used throughout. CCA-treated wood was avoided.
Availability & Pricing
If we have a unit for sale (or rent), that information will be posted on our website homepage and emailed to our List of Interested People. Pricing is set by the seller according to the real estate market at the time of sale.
Prospective Buyers / List of Interested People
We realize it's a fact of life that community members may have to leave the community and would need to sell their unit. Since the units are owned individually as condominiums, no restrictions can be placed by the group on who the owner might sell to. However, because we want to increase the likelihood that future owners will understand what cohousing is and want to be part of the community, we maintain a List of Interested People. When there is a unit available for sale or rent, an email notice is sent to the people on the list.
Using the list is optional for the seller. Being on the list is no guarantee of being offered a unit. However it is the best way to stay in touch with us should there be an opening.
Ideally, this list contains people who have spent some time getting to know our community. They understand the concept of cohousing and are already acquainted with our group. To that end we offer the following steps:
We also have a committee, called the HomeBASE Committee (Home Buyers and Sellers Committee), whose responsibility it is to help buyers and sellers. The committee provides support to the seller by, for example, helping to advertise the unit on our website and elsewhere, showing the unit on our monthly tours and the Cohousing Association bus tours, and helping arrange for prospective buyers to come to meetings and social events. We've found that when someone is selling their unit, they have more than enough to do getting the house ready, keeping track of interested people, negotiating offers, and all the other details involved in a real estate transaction. The committee is there to ease the load by hosting the prospective buyer for meetings and social events (or helping the seller do this), introducing them to a variety of community members, and giving them plenty of opportunities to see how we operate and ask all their questions. Once a prospective buyer becomes a new owner, the committee provides them with a Buddy and a Welcome Packet and helps them get integrated as quickly as possible.
Please contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting you!