California Civil Code > Commercial & Industrial Common Interest Development Act > Chapter 1. General Provisions > Article 2. Definitions > Civil Code §6532. “Common Area” – Defined
(a) “Common area” means the entire common interest development except the separate interests therein. The estate in the common area may be a fee, a life estate, an estate for years, or any combination of the foregoing.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), in a planned development described in subdivision (b) of Section 6562, the common area may consist of mutual or reciprocal easement rights appurtenant to the separate interests. [2013 – Based on former §1351(b)]