December 2018 Newsletter
Together, we will create a vibrant, intergenerational cohousing community in Novato, California where we know our neighbors well and live more sustainably.
December 2018 Newsletter
Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects.
We are pleased to share our plans with you and hope you'll join us on January 5 for a Family Meet & Greet in Terra Linda (see below for details). We will be having our Third Annual Gratitude Dinner after the Meet & Greet if you wish to celebrate with us! RSVP to  for address.
We have come a long way towards the design of our community, including site design, common house, and private homes, through a series of workshops that took place from December 2017 through the end of June 2018. After a long 19 weeks of remediation our site has a clean bill of health and we are waiting for the final legalities. Encouraged by this, we submitted our plans to the City of Novato in mid-November and will begin a series of informational meetings to the community in December. We are expecting to control the land within the next year and break ground in early 2020.  We currently have 18 out of 32  households and are looking for more families to join our community!

Read on to see the plans for C Street Village in Novato, CA.
Here is Elina, who is on our Marketing Committee displaying a shirt with our new logo!
Community Plans
From our Design Workshop Series with McCamant & Durrett Architects
The Neighborhood Site Plan
Site Layout by McCamant & Durrett Architects. Landscape plan by McProud & Associates.
Our cohousing neighborhood features six rows of privately owned condos and/or townhouses. Each row will face each other across a common green. Outside features will include pathways between homes with ample green space, garden areas, bike sheds, and a children's playground. The grounds and parking lot are common space as well, and the entire site is designed and oriented in such a way where spontaneous interactions are encouraged.
The Common House
The "Hub" of Our Community
Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects.
The rows of homes are connected by the "hub" of our community: a 3,700+ square-foot Common House, which is a structure where community dinners, meetings, parties, and other gatherings take place.

Our Common House is designed to include:
  • Large kitchen
  • Great room with dining tables and a fireplace opening up to a spacious Lounging Area
  • All Purpose Room (group classes, yoga, music, etc.)
  • Kid’s Playroom
  • Craft and Media Rooms
  • Laundry Room
  • Mailboxes
  • Reading Nook
  • Outdoor common terrace w/ BBQ
  • Teen Room
  • Sauna / Hot Tub
The Private Homes
Preliminary Elevation
Elevation of Private Homes / Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects.
In cohousing , one   receives the benefits of living a connected life, while maintaining a private sanctuary in your own home. The private homes in C Street Village will have open floor plans and are designed to be filled with natural light , quality sustainable materials, advanced sound-proofing techniques, passive cooling and heating, front porches, and more. The workshops led to the formulation of six unit types with a combination of flats, townhouses, and ADU s (Accessory Dwelling Units) as well as JADU's (Junior Accessory Dwelling Units) options in some of the units   to increase inclusiveness, diversity and affordability within the community.
Intrigued by these plans for our community?
Don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested in reserving your home in this modern village!
Some more photos from the workshops...
Our architect Chuck Durrett presenting the renderings of our common house, site design and private homes. 
Here we are happy having finished our fourth workshop and are on our way to building our village!
Meet the Community Members
Meet Krista, Ben, and Mitch
Greetings! We've been interested in cohousing for years and are so excited to join a community forming in the Bay Area! We look forward to common meals, community gardening, neighborly company, and collaborative decision making . We are a teacher and social worker who love the outdoors, the kitchen (and other people's kitchens), listening to podcasts, and exploring new places together on foot, bike, and flotation device. We're thrilled that our baby will have playmates, older sibs, and lots of aunts and uncles in his daily life at C Street.
Meet Rob & Rosa
Rob and Rosa are Northern California natives who have come to appreciate what Marin has to offer. When not working or caring for their infant daughter, they enjoy hiking, trail running, camping, backpacking, and other outdoor pursuits. They also enjoy travel, cooking, and working on projects. Rob is a cynical idealist and Rosa is a idealistic realist, and both have experience with cooperative living. Both are looking forward to putting down deeper roots in the North Bay.
Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events
Public Meeting

When: Thursday, December 20th, 6:30 PM
Where: Hamilton War Room, 500 Palm Drive Novato 94949 

We will be introducing our project to the community for feedback as part of the City process.

Family Meet & Greet, and Third Annual Gratitude Dinner

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Where: At the Muller's House
RSVP to  for the address.

Family Meet & Greet at 3pm, and Third Annual Gratitude Potluck Dinner at 5pm (for Members, Explorers, and those who have expressed interest in becoming Explorers). Come celebrate with us!
Join us for a Family Meet & Greet
Saturday, January 5
3pm in Terra Linda
Come and see why KIDS AND PARENTS LOVE COHOUSING! Hear about the new intentional neighborhood coming to Novato (known for its good schools and open spaces) while kids enjoy activities. This event includes time to get acquainted with some of our members, and a short presentation to answer your questions. Kids are welcome!

Please RSVP for the address.
Building Momentum for Cohousing in Marin
Contact Us Today
If you're interested in learning more or reserving your home, please contact us at and come to our next Meet & Greet o n January 5th, 2019 . Y ou can also follow us at Novato Cohousing Now ( on ) and at our website . Growing awareness is essential. But what we really need are future neighbors seeking to live in community in the 2021 timeframe. We understand commitment takes time. So please join us at an upcoming meeting as we continue the momentum toward securing our site and designing our community. We are in contract on land and making progress.
We can only do this together. Please join us…and send us your thoughts!
See our Facebook and Meetup Pages.