Welcome to 611EcoVillage!
Thanks for your interest in the 611 Oakland ecovillage. This will give you more information about the buildings, who we are, where we are, how we operate, and what’s new.
I’m Dan Antonioli. I bought this historic urban Oakland property in April, 2000 with the intention of creating a community-based household that values sustainability, the arts, social justice, and that would be a nice place to live. Over the years the 611 Ecovillage has evolved into a "semi collective," meaning that we structure our community using collective process and principles: sharing basic foods, chores, monthly meetings, practicing consensus decision making, etc.
In parallel to the 611EcoVillage, I have begun an exciting semi-rural ecovillage project in the beautiful Northern California town of Laytonville. The ecovillage vision is just like that of 611, but the scale is far greater. Roads are being built, houses and common gardens designed, renewable energy systems will be put in place, there will be places for children to play together and places for families and individuals to gather in community. Find out more about it here.
What’s an EcoVillage?
An ecovillage is the intersection of community and sustainability. In an ecovillage, people live together intentionally and not because they just need a place to live. In a society marked by separateness, isolation, and individuality, an intentional community can restore some of the qualities inherent in most human societies.
Sustainability can’t happen by itself. People need to actively participate in sustainable practices. Reducing waste, using environmentally friendly materials and products, installing renewable energy systems, composting, gardening, hang-drying clothes, and finding creative ways to have a softer impact on the planet are some of ways that an ecovillage can promote sustainability. In both Oakland (and Laytonville) we can bicycle and walk—thus lowering our carbon footprint.
Ecovillages take many shapes and forms, but the core values of community and sustainability are the same. Most people think of an ecovillage as an off-grid, food self-reliant community of idyllic cabins in a rural or remote place, but the principles of peaceful, simple living and energy self-sufficiency are possible to achieve in any landscape. The urban environment is the perfect one for a sustainable household for many reasons. You don’t have to live twenty miles down a remote dirt road to live in harmony with people and natural systems.
Art, music, yoga, French bistro-theme dinners, and a highly developed sense of humor all have a place at 611.
Our dwelling consists of two separate houses connected by a courtyard.The main house was built in 1908 and the back house was built in the 1920’s in the California bungalow style. There are lots of historical craftsman detailing, including hardwood floors, cove ceilings, a claw foot bathtub, built-in cabinets, linen closets, etc. We have a state-of-the-art efficient water heater, washing machine, storage, a beautiful roof deck, compost, bins, garden space, and a solar-heated hot tub.
Between six people there’s a lot of privacy within our beautiful, eco-artsy home.
32nd and Martin Luther King Blvd. We’re a ten-minute walk from MacArthur BART, walking distance from downtown Oakland, and a short bicycle distance from Lake Merritt, the Manzanita Cafe, Mama Buzz, and downtown Berkeley. We’re also next to the 980 freeway.