Cohousing Directory - Community View

Formed:
1985
Established:
1993
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Los Angeles
,
California
,
United States
Contact:
Los Angeles Eco-Village
117 Bimini Place #221
Los Angeles, California 90004 United States
Address Status:
Good as of 12/29/2008
Phone:
213-738-1254
crsp [at] igc [dot] org
Lois Arkin
Address Status:
Good as of 10/1/2004
Phone:
213/738-1254
lois [at] ic [dot] org
Lara Morrison
117 Bimini Pl. #118
Los Angeles, California 90004 United States
Address Status:
Good as of 12/14/2013
Phone:
213/383-8684
laraeco [at] hotmail [dot] com

The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community (LAEV-IC) is a 40-member group within a two-block neighborhood of about 500 people in central Los Angeles. Started as a project of the nonprofit Cooperative Resources & Services Project (CRSP) after the 1992 civil uprisings, our purpose is to demonstrate a high quality of life with a lower environmental impact.

Those interested in becoming members are requested to demonstrate their commitment to more ecological and cooperative living patterns over time. We are a diverse and activist community.

We are organized into the 45 unit Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing cooperative and the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust. We acquired our two buildings and the land from our nonprofit founding organization, CRSP, in 2012. We continue the eco-retrofitting of our buildings started by CRSP in the mid to late 1990s.

The community is rich in resources, including an organic produce and bulk foods co-op, an art studio, tool shop, Time Bank, sewing studio, several organic gardens and community meeting spaces, both indoor and out. We host a variety of activities which also serve the broader neighborhood and city at large.

The LAEV-IC meets weekly and establishes priorities and policies for the buildings, the intentional community, and the neighborhood. Regular community dinners and work parties open to other neighbors, friends, and relatives help glue the community together.

The very dense neighborhood is three miles from downtown Los Angeles, with many public and private schools, colleges, and universities nearby. We are also rich in public transit and bicycle culture, with many green-business development opportunities for those with entrepreneurial spirit.

Several members live and work in the neighborhood. Many are actively involved in social, ecological, and planning issues in the city. The Community and neighborhood are child-friendly.

The downside of the neighborhood is that there is still way too much traffic and pollution.

We provide regular tours, urban-sustainable-community workshops, public talks on a variety of related topics, and affordable accommodations for short stays.

Former/Other Names:
L.A. Eco-Village LAEV USTU BVCLT
Community Affiliations:
Network Affiliations:
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
Last Updated:
12/14/2013
Visitors Accepted
(We do charge for short stays. Rates are affordable. Contact laraeco@hotmail.com)
Visitor Process:
Email Lara Morrison at laraeco@hotmail.com 213-383-8684 Let us know when you want to come, for how long, how many people, and the purpose of your visit. Keep after us if we don't get back to you right away. Availability and type of accommodations vary greatly.
Cohousing Details
Cohousing Status:
Retrofitting
Year Completed:
1999
Area:
0.5 acres (0.2 hectares)
(Though this is how much land that is owned by our nonprofit Co-op and Land Trust, the two block neighborhood which we envision coming under community control someday is about 11 acres)
Number of Units:
45
Square Feet in Common House:
600
(It's converted from a one bedroom apt. unit)
Architect:
Ian McIlvaine, Architect
Developer:
CRSP (Cooperatives Resources & Services Project)
Commercial Lender:
None. Private loans via our Ecological Revolving Loan Fund
Population
Members:
40
Non-Member Residents:
25 (These people live in bldgs. owned by the L.A. Eco-Village's Housing Co-op)
Open to new members:
Yes (See http://urbansoil.net/wiki.cgi/Becoming_a_Member)
Government
Decision Making:
By consensus
Identified Leader:
No (There is leadership and leadership groups. We're trying to make process our leader,)
Leadership Core Group:
Yes (We have boads & standing and ad hoc committees. There are lots of opportunities to be involved & develop leadership skills.)
Labor and Money
Financial Style:
Members have independent finances
Labor Contribution:
Expected (We expect members to participate on committees, attend mtgs,, attend community dinners and special events, and participate in work parties on a fairly regular basis)
Join Fee:
Yes (Initial rents vary from $500 to $1,000 per month; we expect people to buy in into the Co-op after 18 months at $2,500 to $5,000, assuming they are otherwise qualified.)
Regular Fees:
Yes (Monthly rent o housing costs of $500 to $1,000)
Land and Buildings
Community:
Urban (Intensely urban, a neighborhood as dense as many parts of Manhattan)
Land Owners:
Another form of Non-profit (Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust owns the land; Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Co-op owns the buildings)
No. of Residences:
45 (45 apartment units in two adjacent apartment buildings)
Food, Etc.
% Food Grown:
1-5% (We are working at optimizing food production, but have a long way to go)
Shared Meals:
2-5 times/week (One to two times per week; though some smaller groups get together more frequently)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual (Community meals are generally vegetarian only;)
Dietary Practice:
Primarily vegetarian (Most are primarily vegetarian. Community dinners are generally vegetarian only.)
Alcohol Use:
Used occasionally (Wine at community dinners.)
Tobacco Use:
Prohibited (A few smokers who lived in the buildings when we bought them were grandfathered in; we do not accept any new residents who smoke.)
Social Factors
Common Spiritual Practices:
No (Community is very eclectic spiritually and religiously)
Which Spiritual Traditions:
Educational Style(s):
Public schooled (A few of us are interested in the potential of home schooling, a community or charter school: some plans but no action.)
Current Editor(s): laev
Print this page

For information about editing your community listing, click here.