We are part of a broader network of similar community houses, called the Embassy Network. We have started 4 additional community houses, one called The Red Vic in the Upper Haight, one called The Farmhouse in Berkeley, another called Rainbow Mansion in the South Bay, and our goal is to continue expanding the network, and enhancing the commons.
We are comprised of a rich nexus of awesome people, from residents, to travelers, to local friends and family. In our home cooking and dinner parties are frequent, new people are constantly brought into the fold, organized events are hosted. The common space is used for brainstorming, philosophizing, and collaborating where different skills and ideas are always welcome in the discussions, where music often plays and dancing results, and where all residents are passionate about doing good work. From dinner parties focusing on connecting with strangers to salons focusing on philosophy, politics, and culture to joint art and science projects, we see the house as vibrant place both for its residents and visitors.
From a broader perspective, our goal is to explore the potential of "home" and the interplay between our social, creative, and professional lives. Our house is part of an international network of similar community houses called the Embassy Network, which you can read about at embassynetwork.com. This means we also have a high throughput of visitors and guests who participate in and enrich our community, from one night stays to several months. Two of our rooms are reserved for guests, and we are often hosting several people at a time!
THE PEOPLE: The people are what make the place! Our group is comprised of designers, scientists, lawyers, technologists, musicians, and philosophers, with various backgrounds, knowledge, and experience. Several of us work at home during the day, several of us are entrepreneurs, a few of us have "regular" jobs, a few are academics. Though we may have diverse interests, we're tied together by a common desire to think big, challenge and support each other in our goals, and change the world in a positive way. Ideally, we also seek people from different countries of origin and aim to keep an approximate gender balance in the house. We are looking for people to really be an integral part of this community. We focus not just on bringing a diverse set of people together, but also on helping to create a house which is distinct in its own way from the things we have all done before, and that is an emergent property of the people who live there. We strongly believe that a community like this is strengthened by our external experiences as much as our shared experiences. We are looking for people who plan to really live in the house, be home a reasonable amount, initiate, participate, and collaborate, and see this as an opportunity to organically (and playfully) create something awesome.
YOU:We'd love to find people who are passionate about the world around them and creating positive change, and who explicitly want to live in a community. We'd love a strong artistic component. Musicians, artists, dancers please apply!* We would love to have more nationalities :) We also want to maintain rough gender balance. A big house requires everyone to contribute to help keep it clean. We have cleaners who help with the big stuff but doing dishes, emptying garbage etc. are a regular part of living at the house. We consider these preferences in aggregate and their impact on the house, and the above is not to say that entrepreneurs, scientists and techies, Americans, or singles, are not welcome - we love those folks too (we are them partly!) but would love a diverse overall mix.
THE VIBE:On a given night people might be doing any combination of cooking and eating dinner, working in their room, watching a movie, discussing a book, planning or executing a project, hosting an art opening, giving tours, hosting lectures or discussion groups. We actively WANT friends and interesting people to come stay with us! One might come home to big dinners or new guests on any given night - at the same time, we hope to keep a balance between community and time to oneself. You can of course always decide not to join in an activity! Cooking is an important element of the house, and those out there that like to cook are going to love this kitchen :)
THE AVAILABLE ROOMS:We have multiple residential spaces available, ranging from shared rooms to both smaller and larger private rooms. Prices depend on the space but the room we are looking to fill is a very large one which is $2400 per month. It's a very big room place in the heart of the house (and next to the sauna!), with a full ensuite bathroom, lots of storage, lots of light, a huge bed and couch. Alternatively we have a smaller room on the ground floor going for $1450.
Utilities, food, beverages and cleaning costs are shared evenly per resident, and are a flat rate of $375 a month on top of the prices of the room. Food is delivered weekly and everyone has the opportunity to curate grocery items. There are two garage spots used on first-come-first-served basis, and parking permits available from the city. This room are available ASAP but we will wait to find the right additions to the community!
THE HOUSE:The house is a large and ornately decorated Edwardian house previously used as a Buddhist temple. The house has: - 8+ bedrooms with 8 full and 2 half baths (no shortage here!). - Large kitchen (excellent for community dinners) - Large dining room (ditto) - Backup dining room (aka craft room!) - Solarium - Music Room - Lounge/Library - Co-working space - Film Screening area - Bowling alley (obviously) - Sauna (ditto) - Washer/Dryer - 2 car garage. - No TV, nor one wanted. Bonus.
LOCATION:For those of you that don't know Hayes Valley, the location is great - it borders Lower Haight on one side, Civic Center on the other and is close enough to walk to Alamo Square, NOPA, the Fillmore, Japantown, the Mission, and the Castro. The panhandle is a 10 minute walk from here. The 101 freeway entrance is a short drive away. Also nearby are various other vibrant community houses, each with different personalities.