Formed: 1992 Established: 2006
This page last updated:8/2/2011
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SurrealEstates is an artists community made up of 11 artists/families.
These are archetectualy designed , lofted, small single family houses . They were built with SIPS panels, a high insulation pre-fabricated panel system that can be constructed quickly, and provide great strength and R factor. The open living plan has a 20 foot hight ceiling in the main room. The houses have 3 small bedrooms, however the two bedrooms in the loft can be easily changed to one open space. Houses have been enginered for Solar, and may be fitted with a system at some time in the future. We are working with "Cool Communities" to plan the best tree strategy for use of shade and sun.
The detached 800 sf studios have 12' high walls, a roll up and regular door, around 3 windows and two skylights. Studios are around 13-25 feet from the house, across your own patio space. There is gated parking for each house.
Each lot has space for a small patio and the properties will pool their back sides to make a communial walkway and garden. We plan to open studios some of the time to become a destination for arts events, classes and such. There is however a restriction about posting regular open hours.
Light rail is a 3 minute walk, and there are bike trails into town through the Discovery park area of the river front. Within walking distance there are coffee shops, galleries ( http://www.sacforart.com/nsac.html ), a hardware store, the Sacramento Metro arts commission, a library, a tennis court, a ball park, 3 gyms (boxing, kung fu and weights), two little theatres, and a new supermarket is in the works to be built around 5 blocks away. Del Paso Blvd, that passes within 1/2 block of SurrealEstates has just had a multi million dollar street scape project completed,. It had a lead artist from SurrealEstates on the planing team, and an arts budget. A new childrens gated "Tot Lot" just opened 4 block away. Surrealestates is being built on an old schools play ground. Although no formal agreement has been made about sharing meals, many of the artists are already friendly, and do so on a regular basis. There is an agreement not to put up fences on property lines within the project. We plan to share an interior walkway between the buildings, and plant and decorate for all members to enjoy where the path crosses our property lines.
To buy a house/studio you must be an artist and show the need for a studio.
There are grants and low interest loans attached to some of the properties that can be assumed when the properties are sold to low income artists who qualify financially.
Any resale in the future must keep these houses/studios in the hands of artists.
At this time, all homes and studios are inhabited by the original artist families.
Status: We have finished building and have all moved into our houses and studios. Contact for availability.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:8/2/2011
(when we have open art studio days or classes)
Visitor Process: Contact us at email@example.com or visit our website to see when the next open studio or class is.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: This is Artists housing, and residents must prove need of an art studio for making art to qualify for permission to buy or lease a unit in Surreal Estates.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(email to see if any houses are available)
(may also have rotating committees)
(President that rotates)
Leadership Core Group:
(leadership chores rotate)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(we have a small shared account for web and other expences)
(The building of the houses/studios have taken working together at 34 hours a week untill done, then have comittments to the community of 11 days a year min. teaching art for local students.)
($250 towards group account, and fees towards buying house (Down payment, closing costs, tool fees)
(Not decided yet, perhaps a small fee ($10 a month) to cover advertising and web fees for the group)
Land and Buildings
1.5 acres (0.6 hectares)
(It is devided into 11 parcels and has been deeded to each family.)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
(we each own our own lot)
Number of Residences:
(plus 11 studios)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Several members have kitchen gardens. Fruit and nut trees have been planted. One member is prepairing his property to be an organic garden with enough food to sell or trade with others.)
Share Community Meals:
(we do like pot lucks and BBQs)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
(or individual choice)
(Build phase took 16 months)
Number of Units:
11 single housing units, 11 art studios.
Mercy Housing California
US Bank (conventional loans), Farmers and Merchants (building loan)
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