|1752 Drew Circle (South Davis|
|near the intersection of Cowell Boulevard & Drew Circle)|
|Summer of 2012|
Pacifico Cooperative Community is a student housing co-op, located at the end of Drew Circle, on Unitrans W & M bus line, as well being nestled right up against the South Davis Bike Path & Putah Creek Parkway. The purpose of Pacifico is to provide cooperative, low-cost student-based housing (some non-students live here too) for those attending UC-Davis and other schools in Davis and Sacramento communities. Non-students may also apply. Pacifico strives to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual, self-help living at a minimal cost. To this end, each resident will contribute 4 hours in workshifts per week (cleaning, cooking, gardening, shopping for supplies, etc.) and there are many opportunities for leadership and involvement through coordinator positions and community engagement opportunities.
Pacifico is also looking for applicants for their two compensated "Coordinator" positions, who will also be members of the coop. These positions will be given a rent stipend of $250 and full workshift credit for their positions. The coordinators will, respectively, be responsible for Maintenance and Membership services. The coordinators will work with the full-time staff and the membership at large to make sure that the services offered by Pacifico are high quality and affordable. More information can be obtained by contacting Johnathen Duran at email@example.com.
There are two separate buildings: C, and D buildings(respectively). One's experience can vary greatly there depending on which building/floor you're in, due to the different housemates, and the different arrangements that may have been made or ground-rules in each area (ie, some have authorized companion animals, some are quieter than others, etc). Depending on whether you want a place to live quietly by yourself or you want a place to socialize with others will determine how you feel about living here. Like most cooperative living, the members are usually friendly to outsiders too. Effective 05/1/2013 - Rooms are beginning to fill fast...secure your room with a deposit!
Each of Pacifico's two buildings are comprised of twenty small single-occupancy rooms, four larger single-occupancy rooms, two small double-occupancy rooms, and two larger double occupancy rooms, and one of the buildings has a studio apartment. Additionally, each building has a fully equipped community kitchen, large dining area, furnished community living room and laundry facilities. Each room includes computer and DSL Internet access as well as phone and cable hook-ups. Visually, it seems more like a dorm (shared bathrooms, communal lounge space, communal dining area, communal kitchen) than Agrarian Effort (etc) on campus, which are structured as houses. Pacifico is home to a diverse mix of students and singles from within the local area, the U.S. and abroad. Because of the low cost, available benefits, and convenience of family-style living, Pacifico is a time- and money-saving choice for many international, transfer, and re-entry students — or for any graduate or undergraduate students who want to give co-op living a try. For more information about the membership and application process, as well as workshifts and other frequently asked questions contact Lauren Johnathen Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org.== ==
|Constructed in Spring 2012|
|Number of residents per building: 21-28|
|Number of buildings: 2|
|Favorite Kitchen Appliance: Rice Cooker|
|Cost of small single room: $455 (includes utilities)|
|Cost of living with cool housemates from all over the world: priceless|
|Furnished units available|
|Some pets allowed|
|Washer/dryer - cheap!|
|Huge grassy back yard|
|Fire pit/BBQ grill|
|Orchard with fruit trees|
|Community maintained gardens|
|Community living room/kitchen/dining area|
|DSL/Wireless Internet access|
Beginning July 1, 2011, Pacifico will officially be affiliated with Yolo County Housing, who will bring management support and assistance with cooperative education and community organizing. The previous management company will no longer be employed. In the process, the members of Pacifico have had the opportunity to become more involved in the day-to-day decision-making and there is a growing core of co-opers willing to contribute their time into improving their co-op community and housing enjoyment level.
In prior years, Pacifico has operated as somewhat of a hybrid cooperative: the general architecture isn't very conducive to communal living, although it does allow residents more privacy than the On Campus Co-ops. Due to inconsistent marketing and lack of education, Pacifico members haven't always identified themselves as a co-operative or even realize that it's a co-op when they move in. As a result, some residents are apathetic to the concept of co-operative living and look at Pacifico as just a cheap place to live. Over time, however, each house has developed a different atmosphere and chemistry between housemates; and many residents have chosen to live at Pacifico for years and worked hard to improve their house. As one member put it: "Pacifico is a place for personal improvement and interpersonal communication, not meant to be only a cheap place to live!!!!!"