|[June 17, 2013]
Bay Area's First Senior Cohousing Community Launches in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Alameda Elder Communities (AEC), an innovator in the eldercare industry,
has announced the launch of Phoenix Commons, a new model of senior
living that uses cohousing principals to create a sustainable lifestyle
community for older adults.
Calling itself a Cooperative Lifestyle Community, it is the first of its
kind in the Bay Area. Phoenix Commons will provide an active,
community-oriented lifestyle that enhances social connections and offers
greater control over the retirement phase of life for people 60 and
Phoenix Commons cohousing community is a type of collaborative housing
in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of
the community. The physical design of Phoenix Commons is intended to
encourage both social connection and individual space. Private homes
contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have
access to extensive common facilities.
The socially conscious, urban in-fill design of Phoenix Commons leaves
the lightest carbon footprint possible and provides residents with the
ability to live environmentally, financially and socially sustainable
lives throughout retirement.
Its building systems and design enable residents to create a lifestyle
that treads lightly on the planet through the efficient use of
environmenal resources. Phoenix Commons will incorporate various design
elements that will focus on energy conservation and efficiency, water
conservation, sustainable agriculture and longevity.
The cost of some meals, transportation, future care, community
maintenance, and other administrative and operational duties are shared
among community members. Unlike traditional senior living communities,
cohousing residents decide together the amenities and services they want
and need. This provides residents with an affordable and comfortable
Phoenix Commons is on the waterfront of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary in
the eclectic Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland. Jingletown is home to
many artists who live and work in converted lofts. The neighborhood is
also home to the Institute of Mosaic Art - evidenced by mosaics
displayed on buildings sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. From the
community it is an easy walk to downtown Alameda's Park Street shops and
The Phoenix Commons community design process is being led by Christian
Zimmerman, a recognized expert in the senior living arena. Zimmerman is
CEO of Alameda Elder Communities (AEC), which provides a combination of
residential care, therapy and other services devoted to seniors in
Alameda and the greater Bay Area. In 1990 he created Elder Village
Development, the development arm of AEC, and has since overseen the
design and development of some of the most innovative and well regarded
skilled nursing and assisted living communities in the nation. Phoenix
Commons is AEC's newest, most innovative and environmentally sustainable
senior housing project.
Phoenix Commons is slated to open its doors to residents Fall 2013. For
more information on Phoenix Commons or to request a tour, please call 510.217.8527.
About Phoenix Commons
Located at 340 29th Avenue, Oakland, California, Phoenix Commons is a
cooperative lifestyle community that fosters participation and
interdependence. The very first cohousing senior living community in the
San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix Commons is a cutting-edge, new model for
retirement living that combines the supportive benefits of community
with individual home ownership to create a sustainable retirement
lifestyle. For more information on Phoenix Commons please visit www.phoenixcommons.com.
[ Back To TMCnet.com's Homepage ]