Fair Oaks EcoHousing: Developing California's 35th cohousing neighborhood (Berkeley)

What is it like to be on the verge of building your dream community? How can we be a part of making it happen, even if we don't move there?

Meet Marty Maskall and other founding members of Fair Oaks EcoHousing, a project over 10 years in the making. Fair Oaks is a growing village just 18 miles from Sacramento by transit. It will soon be home to the 165th cohousing neighborhood in the United States, the 35th in California.  

Fair Oaks EcoHousing

Marty, her husband, and 18 other families and individuals will break ground in March 2017. Their new neighborhood is designed by award-winning McCamant and Durrett Architects, the founders of the cohousing movement in the United States. 

• Learn how Fair Oaks EcoHousing got started. What didn't work for plans in Orangevale and Folsom and why working with an experienced cohousing development consultant has made all the difference. 

• Meet members of the future community who live in the Bay Area.  How they are getting to know each other? AND, why they are choosing to put roots down in Fair Oaks rather than continue living in the Bay Area? 


• See what state of the art "sustainable community' and green housing looks like;  

• Find out how to help grow the cohousing movement in California --- even if you aren't ready to relocate yourself!   Slow Money for Cohousing is real. 

Join our guests, EBCOHO members, and hosts, Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris, on Saturday, Dec 3 for an in-depth interview, presentation, and conversation with Fair Oaks EcoHousing developers.  

When?  Doors open at 12:30 pm; Light refreshments/informal socializing 12:30; Presentation/Group discussion, 1 pm to 3 pm; more informal socializing to 3:30. 

Cost?  $20/household;  $10 for EBCOHO supporting members, refunded to new supporting members signing up the day of the event, and anyone who later becomes a member or supporter of Fair Oaks EcoHousing! 

Fair Oaks EcoHousing is a Cohousing California supporting group member. Thank you! 

FROM  FAIR OAKS ECOHOUSING WEB SITE AND FLYER---  Learn more at www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org  

Our Vision is to create an inclusive, earth-friendly community 

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.  

We are working with award-winning architect Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects and Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions . 

What is EcoHousing? EcoHousing allows community members to “tread lightly” on the earth by combining Smart Growth, Green Design, & Quality of Life:

Smart Growth:  Infill development reduces suburban sprawl. Walkable neighborhood and on-site activities lower the need for driving.

Green Design includes energy-efficient buildings, environmentally-friendly building materials, a small footprint, fruit trees, organic gardens, and rain gardens (on-site water retention).

Quality of Life: Sense of Community in a Safe and Nurturing Environment.

We are proud to be endorsed by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS). Read the Sustainable Living Summary on our website.

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 


February 05, 2017 at 1:00pm - 3pm


Berkeley Cohousing
2220 Sacramento St
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States
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East Bay Cohousing · · 510-842-6224


Linda Bryant Elizabeth Morris Henry Kendall Olga Cid Marty Maskall Barbara Towle Raines Cohen

Will you come?