Entries by Kryspin Turczynski

Phoenix Commons Members Tour Their Future Home

Members of the Phoenix Commons senior cohousing community reached another milestone last week: Entry! Members were able to go onto the construction site and view their future home from the inside! The excitement was palpable as future neighbors got to inspect the building up close and imagine all the good times they will share together. […]

Construction Update: July 7, 2015

Despite the black veil covering the facade (Pic. 1), it’s no secret that we’re making great progress in the construction of Phoenix Commons! With so many of the structural aspects completed, progress is now better measured by the kaleidoscope of colors and textures that are added each day (Pic. 2). Even from inside the courtyard, […]

Cohousing: Promoting Independence Through Interdependence

This holiday weekend, Americans all over the world will be celebrating Independence Day. Amidst all the barbecues and fireworks, many older Americans will be pondering their own personal independence. With 75% of older Americans living in unwalkable suburbs and extended families mostly spread out all over the country, social isolation is a quiet plague afflicting […]

Construction Update: June 23, 2015

With all the units now framed and insulated, it’s time for the exterior siding to be installed! (Pic. 1) The wood siding on certain parts of the building help give it a clean, modern aesthetic (Pic. 2). Indoors, crews are starting to install sheetrock before they can move on to cabinetry and flooring (Pic. 3). […]

Phoenix Commons at Dragon Rouge, Part Deux

Thanks to all those who made our Open House at Dragon Rouge last Friday a huge success! Over 20 prospective members met with current members and support staff of Phoenix Commons, the Bay Area’s first senior cohousing community. With the construction site just across the estuary, our members led guests on walking tours over the […]

Construction Update: June 11, 2015

No, it didn’t snow in Oakland! The white stuff on the roof of Phoenix Commons is the waterproof membrane (Pic. 1). Once the roof is entirely wrapped in this membrane, crews will be protected from any surprise summertime rain showers (Pic. 2). From the roof, one can see how close the community is located to […]

Friday, June 19, 2015: Open House

We know you are interested in the opportunity to join the Bay Area’s first senior cohousing community, so come join us this Friday, June 19th, from 4 to 6 pm for a Phoenix Commons Open House! Community members and development staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and walking tours of the construction […]

Construction Update: May 21, 2015

With the wood framing completed, crews have been busy installing windows at Phoenix Commons (Pic. 1). In addition to their excellent soundproofing rating, the windows are large and operable, allowing community members to let in lots of light and get cross ventilation! (Pic. 2). From deep within the inner courtyard, Phoenix Commons opens up to […]

Construction Update: May 12, 2015

Framing of the condo dwellings has been completed and crews are busy finishing the roof (Pic. 1). In addition to providing access to the solar panels, the rooftop rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the Oakland hills (Pic. 2). The exterior progress is only half the story. Crews are also working hard inside the private […]