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Vol. 1 No. 5

Juy 6, 2019

News From Walnut Commons

Vol. 1 No. 4

January 29, 2019

News From Walnut Commons

Vol. 1 No. 3

June 8, 2018

Summertime at Walnut Commons!

Vol. 1 No. 2

January 28, 2018

Happy New Year to all from Walnut Commons Cohousing!

Vol. 1 No. 1

August 25, 2017

Welcome to our first newsletter!


The Good Times

October 9, 2014

Why Not Commons

Santa Cruz Sentinel

May 16, 2013

Responsible Living Project

The Good Times

March 4, 2013

Walnut Commons Breaks Ground

Santa Cruz Sentinel

March, 1 2013

New Housing Development Ready to Build in Downtown Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Sentinel

January 15, 2013

Barry Swenson Builder Expects Busy 2013 in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Sentinel

February 14, 2011

Walnut Commons Owners Looking for the Very Neighborly


Sold out

December 2014

All units have been sold.

Welcome Home

July 2014

The first residents started moving into the building

White Report issued

May 2014

The California Bureau of Real Estate issued its Final Public Report allowing sales of individual condominiums.

Construction begins

March 2013

Groundbreaking Ceremony was March 1, 2013.

Final plans submitted

October 2012

Build plans submitted to planning department; approval expected in three to six weeks.

Prioritization complete

July 2012

Prioritization Workshop w/Chuck Durrett. Group puts together a prioritized list of items such as solar, quartz counters, outdoor kitchen, etc.

City Council approval

July 2012

City Council gives unanimous approval of the project

Equity members expand

July 2012

Walnut Commons reaches 13 equity members

Planning Commission approval

June 2012

Planning Commission approves of plans/project

Begin detailed drawings

April 2012

Reached goal of ten members minimum to begin detailed drawings

Common space design workshop

August 2011

Group meets with Charles Durrett for unit/common house design workshop

Initial design proposal

July 2011

Charles Durrett describes cohousing and presents initial designs to interested community members at public meeting at Museum of Art and History

Land purchased

July 2011

Walnut Commons LLC purchases lot from city for $885,000, in partnership with Jeff Major and Green Valley Corp. (Barry Swenson Builder), together forming Walnut Commons Development LLC

Walnut Commons LLC

June 2011

Walnut Commons LLC is formed with group of 4 equity members

Preliminary sketches

May 2011

Charles Durrett delivers preliminary design sketches, based on workshop with group, for up to 21 units plus common space

Sold out

December 2014

All units have been sold.

Charles Durett meeting

May 2011

Group meets with Charles Durrett, cohousing architect and author of the book Creating Cohousing, to work on initial site design of building