|SF Bay Area cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: findley (findleymath.berkeley.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 11 Jan 93 08:37 CST|
I've been reading the cohousing mailing list for several weeks, and have just begun actually looking for cohousing opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area. I'm a divorced woman with older children (the youngest is 15), and I'd like to live in a community; actually I've been interested in comunity living for years, and my divorce gives me an opportunity to do something about it. I like the combination of independence and sociability that cohousing seems to offer. I've learned about a group in Emeryville that has already moved into their building, a converted warehouse, that's very beautiful architecturally but also, because of the urban industrial setting, lacks a real contact with the earth. I'm also in touch with a women's cohousing group that's buying a property in Berkeley with a house and cottages already on it and planning extensive remodelling and repair, and with a group that's looking at land adjacent to a park in El Sobrante, a more distant suburb where there is a little more room. If anyone is aware of other groups in the Bay Area, especially the East Bay, I'd like to know about them. I'm not sure how much common interests or philosophies of life are necessary to make a cohousing community work. I know I'm looking for a community with a good mix of ages and household structure, children and older people, and I'm looking forward to helping to create the kind of environment I would have liked for my kids when they were younger-- a community in which they have close relations with more adults than just their parents. Gardens and the outdoors are important to me, though I like an urban setting. How many of you on this network have experience actually living in cohousing or similar arrangements? How does it really work for the children? How does it really work for middle-aged adults? Does anyone know how many people are on this mailing list, and where they are geographically? Looking forward to learning more-- Rachel Findley (findley [at] math.berkeley.edu) findley
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