This afternoon there's a rare opportunity to buy 1-3 homes next door to an established cohousing neighborhood, with two properties for sale, a duplex and a single-family home, with potential to be part of the community.
Mariposa Grove is a small all-affordable-homeowner cohousing neighborhood on property owned by the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT). It now includes a adjacent all-rented house out back, with a fence taken down and member participation in the community. There's the potential to repeat that connection, "retrofit cohousing style," with associate members buying a next-door property and connecting it.
Note that these freshly-listed homes are independently marketed, may well sell at higher market-rate prices far above the listing prices, and have no guarantee of cohousing connection on their own -- that's something you have to earn, but there is at least interest from the community. We're just passing on the word from the community, and recommending that folks interested in making cohousing or #coliving happen there join forces, rather than bid against one another. Below descriptions are provided by the listing agent.
Duplex (840 59th St.): Updated and remodeled Victorian duplex with spectacular gardens. Light filled upstairs 2 BR/2 BA. Spacious Living Room and Dining Room with Bay window. Hardwood floors. Open kitchen with dining area. One bathroom remodeled. Utility room with laundry. 1 car garage. Downstairs 1 BR/1 BA with large living room, kitchen with breakfast counter, French doors to patio and garden. Bonus office with half bath, about 300 sq ft, currently used by owner, will be delivered vacant. Asking $995k.
Single-family (838 59th St.): Very unique energy efficient home(pictured above) in secluded setting built in 2007. Wonderful garden w/potting shed in front. Enter into spectacular vaulted ceiling living room with light streaming in from many skylights. Open floor plan with gourmet kitchen and dining area. Hallway to 2 large bedrooms has laundry closet, pantry, and French doors to private patio with gazebo overlooking beautiful neighboring landscaped yard. Fantastic bathroom with slate floor overlooks deck with hot tub and yard with majestic Redwoods. Passive solar design with energy efficient windows. Asking $895k.
Go check them out, and let's say coordinate through Mini-Retrofit Co-Housing (MRCH), the East Bay Cohousing Supporting Member Group (led by Pete Yaroschuk) which is looking for potential homes like these.
Optionally, RSVP and post to find co-buyers via the East Bay Cohousing MeetUp group: