RE: proximity to common house
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 94 09:31 CDT
The desirability of closeness to the commonhouse depends on what 
happens around it. Is there an outside patio or kids play area? At 
Sharingwood, I am right across the lane from the commons.  Kids play in 
front of my house all day and often use my yard as part of their play 
space. I love it. Others would hate it. Depends on who you are and what 
you want. Another aspect is private/public balance of the homesite.   
My front porch/yard/garden are adjacent to the commons and is a very 
public space where people hang out a lot.  My back yard and deck are 
very private and so I have a good balance.  If I didn't have that 
balance, I am not sure I would enjoy the public as much.  As it is, I 
can choose public or private by deciding whether to go out the front 
door or the back.
From:  <RAYGASSER [at]>
Subject: proximity to common house
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 1994 7:12PM

Many thanks to those who  responded to  our question  about  proximity to
the common house.  However, I think we need to clarify  our question.  What
we really need to know is:   is it OK to be near the common house? (about
50  feet, to be specific).  We know  we don't  want to be  400  feet away; we
were considering  about 200 feet.  People in our community (Ecovillage  at
Ithaca) seem to  be avoiding  close proximity.  There's a great house 50
feet from the Common House - would we be idiots to take it?  We're most
concerned with  issues about noise,   lack of privacy, etc.

We can't count on getting the house about halfway through the community
(about 200 feet away) because  three families are vying  for it.  We are
very grateful that  we can ask   all of you for advice from your experience.

Thanks again.

Ray & Maria Gasser of Maplewood, NJ - future  residents of Ecovillage at Ithaca
address: RAYGASSER [at]

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