East Lake Commons (ELC) is a Cohousing Community built on 20 partially wooded acres located 4 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Cohousing is a relatively new form of intentional community that places emphasis on resource sharing, community involvement, sustainable living, and diversity.
East Lake Commons features 67 fee simple townhouse residences and a large community center used for community meals, meetings, and social events and including two guest rooms.
Enjoy living in an eco-minded community with over 20 plus acres of common land including walking trails, a 5-acre organic garden and huge playground. There is a large Common House where meals and other fun activities are shared, a huge playing field/ playground and many common activities such as Maypole Celebration and music under the stars. Children run freely, always have friends to play with, and parents know their children are safe within this unique, loving community where everyone knows and cares about each other.
Gaia Gardens at East Lake Commons are an urban oasis consisting of 5 acres of certified organic land between East Atlanta and Decatur. Established in 1998, Gaia is an integral part of the co-housing community. The produce is marketed through a 60-member Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), at the Morningside Organic Farmers' Market, and the new East Atlanta Village market. During the season you'll see a multitude of vegetable and cut flower varieties along with perennial herbs and fruits. The cash crops are part of a seasonal rotation that includes intensive cover cropping.
East Lake Commons is part of a much larger urban renewal / urban pioneering effort involving unprecedented cooperation between government, private commercial enterprise, and local neighborhood associations to revitalize the historic East Lake district of Atlanta. Ongoing educational and outreach programs, including summer camps for kids and yearly neighborhood festivals, help build bridges between East Lake Commons and the surrounding East Lake Neighborhoods, including Delphine, Greystone, and Swazey-Summit.