WELCOME! We are planning to build Folsom EcoHousing, a neighborhood of 38 families in Folsom, 20 miles east of Sacramento, California. Our vision is to create an inclusive, earth-friendly community that fosters supportive relationships based on respect, cooperation, and fun. We call ourselves both EcoHousing and CoHousing. Download flyer (130K pdf)
What is EcoHousing? EcoHousing allows community members to “tread lightly” on the earth by incorporating "eco" features and reducing dependence on the automobile.
Green features include energy-efficient buildings, environmentally-friendly building materials, a small footprint, fruit trees, organic gardens, and rain gardens (on-site water retention).
Reduced Driving: Equally important, the lifestyle and location facilitate reduced car dependence. With many activities onsite and nearby, residents won't feel the need to leave the neighborhood as often.
The site is:
one block from the light rail station, with access to downtown Sacramento
two blocks from Historic Downtown Folsom
two blocks from the American River bike trail
What is CoHousing? Cohousing offers a balance of privacy and community. 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 clubhouse 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.
Community video: Watch the 8 minute video of La Querencia in Fresno to see a community in action. http://www.fresnocohousing.org/video-neighborly.html
For more information:
Marty Maskall .............. (916) 967-2472 or mmaskall at pacbell.net
www.cohousing.org ... The Cohousing Association of the U.S.
If you'd like to read more, the best place to start is Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities, by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. It's available in bookstores for $32.95 or at a discount from Amazon.com.
Email Discussion Group: For a realistic window into the joys and challenges of daily life in community, go to http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-list
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