We are a group of Bay Area residents who have created and are living as neighbors in a cohousing community at 445 Calderon Avenue in Mountain View, CA. Our goal has been to create a new “old-fashioned” neighborhood of upscale, energy-efficient condominiums and common facilities. We’ve at last moved in! —to homes that we’ve planned and designed ourselves. We’ve spent much thought and time to achieve a layout that promotes collaboration and community. We’re delighted to be in a convenient walkable downtown location.
We’ve moved in! (although work continues on landscaping and restoration of the old farmhouse)
For other pictures of steps during construction as members and friends captured them, click Constr Pix.
Building the human links that make a community started over five years ago. Plans for the buildings were developed with Chuck Durrett of McCamant and Durrett, leading architects of cohousing. Putting up the physical structure began February, 2013, as soon as Mountain View had approved the plans, Mechanics Bank of Walnut Creek had provided a construction loan, and the city had issued all the needed permits. Here’s a sketch that showed our goal:
Artist’s rendering of the front of the construction, as viewed from Calderon Avenue
(The old high-ceilinged farmhouse, once hidden behind trees, has been moved forward to the street)