About Fairview House

We are organized as a limited equity coop in a single room occupancy configuration with shared living space and a shared  kitchen. The houses include storage space; laundry; bike storage; beautiful gardens; a guest room for use by visiting family and friends; and a number of common spaces including a multi-use studio and social spaces.

Room Available

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Spacious & Private Room Available July 15th 2018

One bedroom in our member-owned cooperative is available! We live in a Victorian home in South Berkeley, 5 minute walk from Ashby Bart.

If interested, please come to one of our Open House dates below, but do not come outside of these times.

–THURSDAY MAY 31, 7-8pm

You must come during the open house to receive an application.
We will not consider applications from those we do not meet.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (in our mailbox) no later than:


The bedroom is bright and spacious with wood floors, on the third floor with East and South facing windows, 2 skylights, and a cathedral ceiling. The room is accessible only by a very steep staircase and is a story up from the bathroom which is shared by 4 other housemates. The room is private but accessed through storage space. There is a big closet.

Membership in this cooperative community includes: mandatory house meetings 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of every month, cooking for the house twice a month, weekly household chore responsibilities, house grocery shopping once a month, and a full day house workday every three months.

We have laundry onsite, large back and front yards, fruit trees and garden space, bike storage, movement room, guest room, nice common space, large kitchen, 3.5 bathrooms, street parking and high speed wireless internet. Food is shared from our well-stocked fridge and pantry (mostly organic). (Food is $250/month and is a mandatory monthly payment, even if you choose to eat outside of the house or supplement the regular house purchases with items of your own.)

We are a member owned cooperative (!Affordable Home Ownership Opportunity in the Bay!) of nine including artists, musicians, activists, outdoorsy folks, writers, and health practitioners. We are looking for someone who is community-minded; someone who likes and has experience living in community, has respectful habits and communication, and is prepared for all the joys and challenges of making and maintaining a home with a diverse group of folks.

Monthly utility and ‘rent’ charges are $445/month. Food is an additional $250/month. Amount due up front is first month’s rent and food, $695, plus your co-op member buy-in share, a refundable deposit of ¬†$1,100.



In order to keep the cost of living at Fairview affordable and maintain it’s freedom from the speculative real estate market, we entered into a relationship with the Northern California Land Trust that sets income limits on new members. To become a member of Fairview House, your income must be 60% or less of median for the Oakland Metropolitan area based on your household size. This is currently $48,840 for a single individual and $55,800 for a 2 person household. Verification is provided by the Adjusted Gross Income line as reported on your federal tax return, or other similar proof of past or future income. Please contact us for alternative verification requirements should you not currently file US Federal taxes.

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