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|From: Judy (BAXTER%EPIVAXvx.cis.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 16 Jul 93 10:54 CDT|
By the way, it's really nice to see all this activity on the list - it makes going to work much nicer, though can't take much time. Nancy wight, of new view, acton,mass asks > It sounds like you're further along than we are and I'd be really >interested to hear your stories. Do you actually have a common house built >yet? Answer is: - not exactly built, but yes, we have common space - large kitchen, modest size dining room with fireplace and a couple of adjacent rooms we will probably use for overflow, as well as the large corridor. This is all on ground/basement level (we're on a hill) and is part of the existing building we bought, an elegant, Georgian brick building with columns out front, large lawn, and 2.7 acres including a wooded ravine. It was built in 1924 as a retirment/nursing home for Christian Scientist, actually they called it a hospital, apparently. The next floor has a very large, living room with bay windows and window seats, fireplace, entry area, etc, a cherry paneled "library" with only one built in bookcase and a fireplace. Those are our common spaces. That floor also has two small units, 2 rooms plus bathroom, plus 1 medium and 1 very small guest room. The uppper two floors have respectively 4 units (2 small, 2 medium) and 2 units (large). The layout is less than idea re "THE BOOK", and we are just now coming up to discussions of the trade-off between moving kitchen and dining room upstairs, to 1st floor, with view of the "courtyard-to-be" when we build 10-15 additional townhouses, and building something on to the existing kitchen and dining room, to the side. Oh yes, we also have a porch on the 1st floor, and a number of miscellaneous rooms on the lowest level that we haven't had time to decide what to do with. So that's a bit about our common house. Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, Twin Cities Area, Mpls/St.Paul MN (Mococo) baxter%epivax [at] vx.acs.umn.edu
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