We love this article for obvious reasons (with one minor correction: our actual address is in Oakland, although most of our walkable entertainment and dining destinations are in downtown Alameda just across the bridge!)
It doesn’t take long for our guests and visitors to notice that Phoenix Commons feels significantly different from your typical 55+ community (the secret is in the relationships!).
Sherry Cummings visited Phoenix Commons as part of her research contributing to this article and book.
Our very own Angela was interviewed for this timely and needed article in the SF Bay Times about LGBTQ seniors.
We Boomers have transformed the world in many ways, and we’re not done yet. Next up: “retirement” living!
#Cohousing in the #EastBay
Smart, progressive cities will increasingly support the development of cohousing/co-living projects, recognizing that intentional communities do a much better job of meeting its citizens’ social needs than any government program ever could.
We already know all of this! And consider ourselves the lucky ones!
Senior cohousing neighborhoods were actually created in Denmark in the early 1960s and brought to North America in 1988. Due to the boomer generation looking for more desirable alternative living arrangements, cohousing has been growing in popularity and has picked up steam in recent years.
A cohousing community is intended to ensure that each senior that lives there can enjoy privacy and have a space of their own (their own house or apartment) while also being able to take advantage of shared spaces.
Essentially, it’s seniors living in their own space, surrounded by THEIR friends who share things like the dining area, library, fitness center, garden, TV room, and more — how exciting!
The amount of social capital being created and exchanged is a great barometer of a community’s health! Examples of items recently shared by neighbors at Phoenix Commons include: umbrellas, batteries, books, dogs, movies, kitchen gadgets, sweatshirts, rides, and yes, even the occasional cup of sugar!
Supportive friendly neighbors right outside your door? Check.
Sharing of resources, knowledge, and responsibilities? Check.
All the community you want with all the privacy you need? Check.
For aging boomers who understand that personal independence can be maximized through social interdependence, senior cohousing communities are an extremely attractive option.
Join us for a dinner or party in our common areas and you’ll quickly realize that cohousing is NOT just for hippies!
PS. But hippies are welcome here too — we are just a few miles away from Berkeley after all!
Phoenix Commons is a cohousing community on the Oakland waterfront, located at 340 29th Avenue. We are right off the Park Street bridge directly across from Alameda.
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