Senior Cohousing Forum is TODAY

We’re getting ready to participate in the Senior Cohousing Forum this afternoon. Please come by and learn more about the possibilities and benefits offered by cohousing. We can’t wait to see you there! If you didn’t get a flyer about this event, please click here for the details.

Oakland senior cohousing community in Oakland Tribune

Oakland senior cohousing is the first of its kind in the Bay Area.

The Oakland Tribune sat down with Phoenix Commons this morning to talk about the cohousing concept and how this new,  innovative Oakland senior cohousing project will bring people together and create a new ideal when it comes to senior independent living.  You can read the article below, or click here to read the article on the Tribune’s site.

Cohousing community model targeted toward seniors to break ground in Oakland

By Brittny Mejia, Oakland Tribune

OAKLAND — A cooperative lifestyle community targeted toward seniors, a first in the Bay Area, will break ground this fall.

The project, to be known as Phoenix Commons, is being developed by Alameda Elder Communities, which has been providing assisted living services to seniors for more than 40 years in the city of Alameda.

Phoenix Commons, to be located in the Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland, is inspired by a cohousing model, that brings older adults into a community so they are not isolated, said Victoria Stone, director of community development for AEC.

Cohousing is a community model where residents can share resources, leading to a more sustainable lifestyle, Stone said. It also creates more social interaction as people get older.

“This creates a social environment where residents have a close-knit group of peers, and that’s a huge benefit to the quality of life,” Stone said.

Although cohousing projects exist in Oakland, this is the first and only senior cohousing community in the Bay Area, according to Stone.

When Robby Kiley, 70, moved to California about six years ago after the death of her husband, she began looking at senior housing available in the Bay Area. She found out about AEC and cooperative lifestyle communities like Phoenix Commons at a workshop on aging about a year ago.

Kiley said she got interested in Phoenix Commons because of the community atmosphere, which allows residents to maintain a community of people who can provide social contacts and other support.

“My next move I expect to be my last move, and I’m looking for a place that I will be until my death and such a place that my life can be managed without calling on my children and the like to step in and assist and manage,” she said.

Phoenix Commons’ residents will volunteer five to eight hours a week toward that community life, which can include cooking or planning social events.

“For me it’s great because it’s another model of an intentional community in the Bay Area,” said Neil Planchon, a founding resident of Swan’s Market Cohousing in Oakland. “I love the emphasis on seniors, and I love the fact that it’s local.”

Swan’s Market Cohousing has been a presence in the city since 2000 and includes a diverse group of residents. Planchon said cohousing is not only ecologically sound but also results in a tight-knit community.

“There’s a lot of congeniality amongst ourselves as families, by doing stuff together,” said Planchon. “The quality of life is just very high.”

The $21 million Phoenix Commons project will cost residents about $450 a month in homeowner association fees. There will be 41 units available and about 60 people are expected to reside in the community once it opens in 2015.

Although the core community has not yet solidified, the envelope of the building is designed and waiting for residents who will come in early and have the opportunity to design the community spaces within.

“We want people to join now and build their relationships and community vision together,” Stone said. “You really want to come in early and get to know your neighbors and create the vision for the community you want.”

San Francisco Business Times interviews Phoenix Commons

We are pleased to say Phoenix Commons was interviewed by the San Francisco Business Times today! The article covers the details of the project including the number of units within the building; also the article goes into a little about two of the developers, Chris Zimmerman, the founder and Jeff Zimmerman, the architect. Check out this interesting article by clicking here.

Thursday, July 11: Planning the Next Chapter

Elder Village presents: Planning the Next Chapter

Co-sponsored by Phoenix Commons

An Interactive Workshop to Explore the Realities and Imagine the Possibilities

Come and learn about the key elements that will enable you to meet, or exceed, your expectations for the next chapter of your life.

Come and take charge of your future!

When: Thursday, July 11

7 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: Phoenix Commons Office

1723 Webster st, Alameda

RSVP: By Friday, November 30 to Samantha 510-217-8527 or


Tuesday, July 2: What’s Your Plan for Life’s Next Chapter Workshop

Elders Village Presents: Planning the Next Chapter

An Interactive Workshop to Explore the Realities and Imagine the Possibilities

Learn about the key elements that will enable you to meet, or exceed, your expectations for the next chapter of your life. This interactive workshop is designed to help you make the shift from wondering and hoping to having knowledge you can put into action. In the process you’ll create your own personal road map for the years ahead.

This event will be held on July 2 in the Phoenix Commons Office located at 1723 Webster Street in Alameda, the event will be held from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

Many Are Preparing For Life’s Next Chapter

Thanks to all who came to Emeryville on Thursday and Saturday for the presentation on Phoenix Commons. The weather was great both days, turnout was fantastic, and it was exciting to meet so many folks interested in a community that promotes both independence and cooperation. There will be more presentations soon for those who couldn’t make it this time, as well as interactive workshops for people who are excited about living a cooperative lifestyle and want to further explore the concept. Check our newsfeed often for announcements, or call Cheryl Champ, our Community Relations Director, at (510) 217-8527.

Phoenix Commons is in the Senior Housing News

Phoenix Commons was in the Senior Housing News today! The story covers our innovative Phoenix Commons cohousing  lifestyle as well as all the details of the project including amenities, general pricing, and other logistics. Check out this interesting article by clicking here.

Hey Everyone Check out the Article in Business Wire

Hey everyone check out the article about Phoenix Commons that was published in Business Wire today. Click here  for the whole story. 

Saturday, June 29: Senior Cohousing Forum

We are proud to announce that we will be participating in the Senior Cohousing Forum on Saturday, June 29th. This event is sponsored by Elders Village, and will include speakers from Phoenix Commons, Wolf Creek Lodge, and McCamant & Durrett Architects: The Cohousing Company.

The Forum will be at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Saturday, June 29th from 1:00-5:00

There will be a fee of $10 at the door

Saturday, June 22: Life’s Next Chapter Workshop

Join us on Saturday, June 22 for our Life’s Next Chapter Workshop. The workshop will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and will be held at the Phoenix Commons Office located at 1723 Webster Street in Alameda. The workshop will cover:

  • The Benefits of home ownership within a close-knit community of peers.
  • How to create and manage the community life you and your neighbors envision.
  • Enjoy a sustainable lifestyle that keeps you in charge.

Space is limited so please call (510)217-8527 to reserve a seat. We look forward to seeing you there!