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The Commons on the Alameda
Santa Fe
New Mexico
United States
Commons on the Alamenda
2300 W Alameda, Unit D4
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507-9657 United States
Address Status:
Good as of 2/27/2013
karinroth [at] msn [dot] com
First of 4 movies filmed years ago

The Commons on the Alameda is a pueblo-style cohousing community on 4.5 acres at the edge of the city of Santa Fe. Construction began in 1991 and the last homes were completed in 1997. Our common house is adjacent to our main plaza. Our 28 homes cluster around four beautifully landscaped smaller courtyards that we call "placitas".

We eat communal organic meals on Mondays and Thursdays using local and organic produce as much as possible. Residents participate in the cooking and cleaning up for one meal per month; the remainder of their eight hour per month service commitment involves various endeavors including landscape maintenance, newsletter production, and childcare. Committee chairs (kitchen, guest room, grounds, etc) orchestrate much of the nitty-gritty. We have two community meetings per month--one to discuss and make consensus-based decisions regarding business items and the other to share on a more personal level. Every fall we host our community celebration for the greater community with tree planting, cider making, entertainment, green chili stew, and dancing. We have an orchard area with a chicken coop, fire circle, and a basketball hoop.

Several residents have home businesses. Many of our homeowners have rental rooms or efficiency units available. The community has three rooms available for guests of residents. We have about eighty residents, with approximately 25% of residents being children. The community remains focused on youngsters with cooperative childcare that provides childcare for meeting times and other community events. There are also play areas throughout the property.

Former/Other Names:
The Commons
Community Affiliations:
Network Affiliations:
Last Updated:
Visitors Accepted
Visitor Process:
Please contact to arrange visits.
Cohousing Details
Cohousing Status:
Year Completed:
4.5 acres (1.8 hectares)
Number of Units:
Non-Member Residents:
Open to new members:
Yes (Check website for homes for sale or rent.)
Decision Making:
By consensus
Identified Leader:
Yes (Association president elected annually)
Leadership Core Group:
Yes (Board of Directors)
Labor and Money
Financial Style:
Members have independent finances
Labor Contribution:
Expected (8 hours per month for homeowners, 6 hours per month for renters)
Join Fee:
Regular Fees:
Yes (Monthly homeowners assessments)
Land and Buildings
Land Owners:
Individual community member(s) (Condominium Ownership)
No. of Residences:
28 (Plus one Common House)
Food, Etc.
% Food Grown:
Shared Meals:
2-5 times/week (Mondays and Thursdays)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Dietary Practice:
Omnivorous (Many options: vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free.)
Alcohol Use:
Used occasionally
Tobacco Use:
Prohibited (Prohibited in Common House and Guest Rooms)
Social Factors
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions:
Educational Style(s):
Public schooled
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