Formed: 2001 Established: 2007
This page last updated:2/9/2013
New Brighton Cohousing
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New Brighton Cohousing is an owner-occupied community (no rentals), located at 6010-6034 Soquel Drive in Aptos, California. We were formed out of the umbrella organization Santa Cruz Cohousing and were established in the fall of 2007.
Currently we are a community of 15 adult members, three children, two cats and one dog. About half the community works or has worked in social services of one sort or another and the other half in education, the sciences, medicine, retail, and planning. Our ages range from 2 to 76. We enjoy each other's company and share a common interest in living more sustainably.
The property consists of 11 individually owned 2-story townhomes in 3 buildings, and one 1600-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, all situated around a central courtyard. We use the house as our common house, with kitchen,indoor and outdoor dining areas, a kids room, and guest room.
Community amenities include two group meals per week, a guest room, dining and meeting space, children's play area, common garden and orchard.
Our community is designed, owned, and managed by the residents. Membership requires participation in meal preparation once a month, active participation on a committee and an affinity group as well as participation in quarterly community-wide work parties. As much as possible, we do the maintenance and upkeep of the property ourselves.
Former/Other Names: Santa Cruz Cohousing
This page last updated:2/9/2013
(We'd love to have you visit but we request advance notice so we can arrange a worthwhile visit for you.)
Visitor Process: For more information or to join us for a meal, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Chuck at 831-477-9905.
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):
(Some renters participate fully, and others less so)
Open to new members:
(No units are for sale, at this time.)
(with voting fallback)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(preparing meals/work parties- no experience necessary- accomodations made for people with limitations)
(Monthly Tenant Association fees)
Land and Buildings
0.9 acres (0.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We have a small vegetable garden and fruit orchard.)
Share Community Meals:
(We eat together Sunday and Tuesdays evenings.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
(We do our best to accommodate individual needs.)
(Meals usually have a vegan option. We have vegans, people who keep kosher, and people w/ food allergies. Meals are intended to accommodate all who RSVP.)
(To accommodate people with respiratory issues, we discourage tobacco use at the community.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker/Pagan, Eastern and non-religious so far)
(No restrictions on what type of education is chosen)
Square Feet in Common House:
(and a garage)
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