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BS: Cohousing

Joe Offer 05 Sep 21 - 09:16 PM
Helen 05 Sep 21 - 05:46 PM
Rapparee 05 Sep 21 - 05:43 PM
Helen 05 Sep 21 - 01:46 PM
Helen 04 Sep 21 - 11:59 PM
keberoxu 04 Sep 21 - 11:13 PM
Joe Offer 04 Sep 21 - 11:11 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: Cohousing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Sep 21 - 09:16 PM

Nah, Rap, I get high on music!!

The North Carolina folks have been concocting a plan to build a cohousing project on the vacant lot next to Dani's house. Then we can sing the lest of our lives away and eat Dani and Janie's cooking. Maybe we can recruit SRS - she's a mean cook, too. I could live on her eggplant parmesan forever. And hey, I'd do breakfast. I make a nifty omelet.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Cohousing
From: Helen
Date: 05 Sep 21 - 05:46 PM

Moneymaking prospects: sell herb?


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Subject: RE: BS: Cohousing
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Sep 21 - 05:43 PM

Sounds like a commune, man. You gonna grow herb?


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Subject: RE: BS: Cohousing
From: Helen
Date: 05 Sep 21 - 01:46 PM

All right, I'll be serious instead of flippant - although I still think a group of folkies infiltrating a retirement village is the ideal solution.

Eleven years ago Hubby & I had our old fall-y down-y wooden house knocked down and we had a brick house built instead. Because it is a big block we built bigger than we really needed, partly as a retirement fund strategy so that we would get a good return on our investment. Now, however, although we absolutely love our new house which has an old fashioned vibe, it's way too big for the two of us. Consequently we have conversations now and then about how we plan to downsize when the time comes.

A couple of years ago a large complex of townhouse style units were built on an area of land about a mile or so from our place and whenever we drive past it I say, that's our new home - not because I think we'll necessarily choose to live there but because I like the way it is set up.

I haven't investigated how these places work or how the investment plan works - either going into initially it or getting out of it.

I do know that some places are easy to get into, but maybe harder or more complicated financially and legally to get your money back at a later date.

Having said that, a previous work colleague was investigating what is known here in Oz as a retirement village for her Mum but liked it so much that she sold her own house and moved in there. It has separate dwellings and not shared living spaces. She was in her mid '50's, still working full time, but it suited her to not have a big house and yard to care for because all of the maintenance was part of the investment deal. The idea has its merits for practical reasons, in my opinion, but before I sign on the dotted line I would be investigating the details of what happens financially and legally if/when you decide to leave for whatever reason.

Personally, for me and Hubby to a lesser extent, I like my own company and don't like my space being invaded by chatty people, so that's why a separate self-contained dwelling would suit us more than a group housing situation where everyone has a room or small unit in a large complex with shared eating and indoor recreation spaces.

That's my thoughts. I realise I know very little about the specifics of cohousing in your area so ignore everything I've just said if it doesn't relate to that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Cohousing
From: Helen
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 11:59 PM

Old Folkies' Home/Retirement Village

:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Cohousing
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 11:13 PM

Could you not move OUT of the fire zone altogether? We can't afford to lose you here!


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Subject: BS: Cohousing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Sep 21 - 11:11 PM

Over the years, I've often thought of moving to a cohousing project. I've sung in the community rooms of three different cohousing projects in the Sacramento area, and I've liked them all. Now there's a cohousing project in the works in Auburn, California, 12 miles from where I live. It's getting a bit to much to maintain an old farm house and 3-1/2 acres in a fire zone, so I've been pushing my wife to moved to town to a place with a furnace instead of a wood stove.
Do any of you have experience with cohousing projects. Advice? Caveats?

-Joe-


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