Phoenix Commons

Oakland, California

Organization Summary

A Cohousing Condominium Community for 55+ on the Oakland Waterfront

Phoenix Commons is a 55+ cohousing community located in Oakland, CA. We are vibrant, active people who live in a closely-knit network of mutual support and common purpose. As residents of Phoenix Commons, we own our homes in a new 41-unit condominium complex situated along the Oakland Estuary, at the base of the Park Street Bridge to Alameda. In addition to individual condominiums, our state-of-the-art building contains over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor community space. Phoenix Commons was the vision of Chris Zimmerman and Lauren Zimmerman Cook, co-founders of Elder Village Development, LLC, the development arm of AEC Living.

Members of Phoenix Commons come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have various reasons for choosing to live here. Living in community with others as we age in place is important to all of us. Many residents are still actively engaged in outside employment opportunities, while others spend hours each week with various civic and recreational activities. Importantly, all residents commit to dedicating time and effort in building and sustaining community through the many opportunities to serve. This includes participating in weekly community dinners and contributing our talents and skills on the many teams—such as the Dining and Finance & Legal Teams—that comprise this self-governing community.