Live in a gorgeous, comfortable home in the Marsh Commons Cohousing community in Arcata, CA – a liberal, welcoming university town in northern California, close to the redwoods.
Marsh Commons is an active co-housing community with about 30 adults made up of 12 houses, 8 of which have attached studio apartments. The shared common house has a large kitchen, dining room, guest room, game room, and laundry facilities. We have regular community meals and many informal social events. The backyard has garden areas and open play spaces. The community is adjacent to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary with great bird watching, walking trails, and places to canoe or kayak right from the back yard. The house is close to Humboldt State University, hiking trails in a redwood forest, and downtown Arcata with restaurants, theaters, a farmers market, and many other activities. Within a five mile drive are lovely ocean beaches with surfing, beautiful sand dune natural areas, and rivers with opportunities for paddling and fishing.
Our house is a bright, spacious 1850 square foot home, with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths plus a studio apartment that can be rented out. The main house has a modern open layout with large windows and skylights that provide beautiful light in all of the rooms year round. The first floor has a large kitchen and living room with a two story atrium where impressive windows give views of the community open space and adjacent wildlife preserve. The open format kitchen has plenty of counter and cabinet space, and a gas range. The two upper levels have three bedrooms, the two bathrooms, plus an open space that is great for an office. The interior is freshly painted with healthy zero VOC paint and the exterior with elastomeric waterproofing paint.
There is also a large, bright self-sufficient studio apartment with its own entrance including a full kitchen, bathroom, and living room-bedroom space. This unit can be rented out separately or incorporated into the main house by opening two doors at either end of a half flight of stairs. We rented this space out while we lived there for $750 per month and for the last year we rented the main house for and additional $1750. The large basement provides lots of storage space; we upgraded it in 2013 with waterproofed concrete floors and a drain system with sump pump to keep it dry.
This a great home for buyers who are interested in participating in the community and getting know their neighbors through activities such as gardening, eating and or cooking community meals, work parties, and celebrations.
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