Formed: 1997 Established: 1999
This page last updated:3/2/2010
East Lake Commons CoHousing
(Atlanta metro area)
East Lake Commons is a cohousing community located five miles (eight minutes) from downtown Atlanta, and several miles southeast of the Little Five Points neighborhood. Completed in 2001, it includes 67 townhomes with 10 rental apartments attached, a 4500-sq-ft common house with classroom, office, playroom, media room, woodworking room, workout room, and guest rooms. A playing field and children's playground surround the common house. About half of the 20-acre site is dedicated to housing and parking on the perimeter; the remainder includes natural woodlands, wildlife corridor, and an organic garden with beehives, blueberry groves, shiitake mushroom logs, and a spring-fed pond. Homes are clustered around pedestrian courtyards and walkways.
Children can run and play with their friends in a safe and nurturing environment; teenagers have supportive role models; and seniors are actively integrated into the community. We are an intergenerational community with diverse religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, and differently abled. What binds us together is knowing and caring about our neighbors.
We manage the community ourselves using a consensus decision-making process. A backup voting procedure is also in place, with each owner getting two votes. Core community values include sustainability, visitability, diversity, affordability, and community.
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:3/2/2010
(People interested in buying or renting an available unit are welcome; as are those with an interest in cohousing, organic farming, or other ELC activities.)
Visitor Process: We love visitors. Email us and explain your interest and when you would like to visit. Volunteers are often available to answer questions, assist with tours, and to make contacts as needed. Advance notice is appreciated, especially if guest rooms are needed as rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis.
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.
Members(adults and children):
(All residents have equal access and are encouraged to participate in all activities. Only owners are counted in the consensus process or HOA votes.)
Open to new members:
(For purchase or rental opportunities see http://www.eastlakecommons.org/Ads/default.htm)
(With back-up voting procedure)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(We share some common space, occasional meals, some tools, etc.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(All are welcome.)
(Each adult is asked to contribute 4 hours per month to community projects; however this policy is currently under review.)
(Owners pay monthly HOA dues (currently around $150, depending on unit size) for maintaining common areas, etc.)
Land and Buildings
(Our community combines some of the best of Urban (highly diverse, close to neighbors), Suburban (safe, quiet, easy parking), and Rural (organic produce grown on site, and lots of open space) settings.)
20 acres (8.1 hectares)
(It feels even bigger, because of the surrounding trees and backyards.)
Land Owned By:
(All homeowners own small individual plots; the HOA owns the common land and improvements.)
Number of Residences:
(Most are attached fee-simple townhomes. 1 to 6 homes per building.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Most residents enjoy vegetables and honey from our organic gardens, cost to join CSA (half-share) is $300/year. Individual garden plots are also available)
Share Community Meals:
(Sunday meals with potlucks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Typically 10 to 40 people attend on a given night.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
(Meals are usually vegetarian with options based on individual requests)
(Wide variation among different households. Lots of vegetarians, vegans, etc.)
(Responsible use of alcohol is allowed in the Common House)
(Banned from Common House)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
:: Paganism/Earth Religions
:: Roman Catholic
:: Unitarian Universalist
:: Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
:: Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(Spiritual practices and interest vary widely, from atheism and agnosticism to paganism, hedonism, goddess and nature worship to traditional Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Judaism.)
:: Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
(Check website for sales and rentals.)
Square Feet in Common House:
(Estimate, not including decks and patios.)
Pimsler Hoss Architects, Inc.
Site planning by Village Habitat Design www.villagehabitat.com
East Lake Commons, Inc., a non-profit corporation which was formed for this purpose. Jack Morse served as president and project manager.
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