Oakleigh comfortably accommodates 8 people, and the house is so lovely and spacious that occupants tend to stay for 3-10 years before moving on. However sometimes we host volunteers or guests on short courses in Sheffield, and at other times the house is quieter when several people are away. This gives the house an ever changing rhythm with times when only a couple of people are around or larger communal meals with an eclectic combination of dishes and personalities. Interests currently represented in the house include cooking and food growing, crafts and game playing, music and dance, yoga and qi gong, through to foraging and preserving, sustainable living and volunteering. The house is privately owned, but house meetings three or four times a year offer everyone a say about changes. Housekeeping is managed in a flexible way, with a balance between communally purchased and private sharing of food, and a light-touch approach to recycling, cleaning and maintenance. The house was initially bought in 2000 with support from the Ecological Building Society. It needed considerable work (plumbing, electrics, improved/secondary windows, and a new back porch), but it is becoming a beautiful home. The restoration of the house was as sympathetic and as low impact as possible, investing in eco-insulation, solar hot water, condensing boiler, efficient wood stove, low emission paints, and solar PV. Other additions have included a pond, woodpile shelter, raised beds for fruit and veg, a chicken house and a friendly dog. We are located in Burngreave, an easy 15 min from Sheffield town centre by bus or bike (30 min walk), and 5 minutes from shops and the Northern General Hospital. The house has a large garden with mature trees and birdsong and offers most amenities, including big screen film nights by the toasty wood-burner.