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  •  Same here (4+ / 0-)

    I like the concept, but all of the co-housing I've seen is way more costly than regular housing...which doesn't make sense since it's supposedly a more efficient use of space.  It's people in the lower income brackets who would benefit most from cohousing because they can't afford to surround themselves with paid support.

    •  I'm not sure if what you've seen (1+ / 0-)
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      is the rule or the exception. While not necessarily in the category of "low income housing," prices for a unit in the three communities I visited seem to be below market rate for the area they're in. But you're right, if this kind of model could be offered far below market value, it would be a great opportunity to get the most disenfranchised parts of our population to participate, which would be not only financially, but socially and perhaps spiritually rewarding.

      But regardless of people's socio-economic status, you have to really want to live in an intentional community like that. Interestingly enough, according to Swan's Market's Neal Planchon, they haven't been able to interact much with the Chinese and Latino communities that are living in affordable units right in their plaza. I guess that's either because those folks already have their community amongst each other, but also because I think among many immigrant communities the allure of the American dream of doing your own thing is pretty strong.

      I remember when I first came from Germany, I really enjoyed that part of the American culture where you can just do your own thing without anyone looking over your shoulder. I grew up with really nosy, stuck up neighbors, and the more you engaged, the more you became part of the "club," but that brings with it all kinds of politics and game playing, so the ideal was always to stay out of other people's affairs and have them stay out of yours. I've since learned that it's possible to find a middle way, which I think with or without a cohousing structure is possible.

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:48:40 PM PDT

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      •  Looked at listings in several states (1+ / 0-)
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        Still couldn't find anything affordable to someone making an average wage, without a large downpayment ($100k or more).  My conclusion was that co-housing is mostly aimed at people with upper-middle incomes.

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