From: Kim McCoy Wade
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 8:36 PM
To: Cohousing List
Subject: New possibility…
Diane just called about a new, unique property that she says is perfect for
cohousing and possibly right for us — here’s the scoop:
It’s 8 houses/cottages, on 4 side-by-side lots, in Oakland, right on the
Emeryville and Berkeley border.Â The address is 1115-1129 65th Street (cross
San Pablo).Â Diane says she’s never seen anything like it — the units are
all individual houses, ringing the perimeter of the space, with some open
space in the middle, and definitely some yard.
Best of all, the owner has not listed it, but has called Diane as cohousing
expert to see if she can put together a group of people to just buy it from
them directly.Â Some of the current tenants may be interested in buying and
Diane may know some other folks, to get the group to 8.Â (If this can’t
happen, they’ll divide the property into the 4 lots and put them each on
The neighborhood is totally changing — it seems light industrial to us,
with warehouses and live/work lofts on rest of block (the only other
single-family houses are a couple directly across the street).Â In one
direction is San Pablo Ave, where the abandoned donut shop is currently
being replaced by new live/work lofts.Â To the other direction is the cut
through to the Emeryville movie theatre, with new lofts, some hip
warehouse-type workplaces, and a Starbucks you can walk to already in.
Diane said she immediately thought of us, and encouraged us to go over there
and walk around the front and back to see the outside, and then go with her
Friday or Monday to see the inside.Â Jake and I just hopped in the car and
checked it out — it’s 3 houses right on 65th, and then 5 at the back of the
lots, backing up against Peabody Lane (sort of a nice alley).Â I’m working
at home Friday, so will make a plan with Diane to go see it.
The houses themselves are a mix of single family homes and cottages — look
like older construction, but would need some TLC to find their original
charm (and some may not be that charming at all).Â Hard to tell which are
two liveable levels, and which are one level, above unfinished basements.
So, can any of you go see the outside in the next few days or, better yet,
come on Friday with me and Diane?Â We forgot to take pix tonight, but I can
take some on Friday.Â I’m not sure everyone will go for it — the
neighborhood’s more urban than residential and the houses look like they
could use some love.Â But, the uniqueness of the set-up, the potential for
each house to bloom, the central location, and the price, may be just
Jake, anything else to add?