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|From: King Collins (greenmacpacific.net)|
|Date: Sun, 2 Feb 1997 12:33:46 -0600|
To whom it may concern: Re. Cooperative Household Forming in Ukiah, CA Summary. After a brief discussion of my background in cooperative living and community activism, there is an announcement of intention to establish a small housing cooperative. Two of us are looking for a third person (or couple) who wants to share mortgage and live cooperatively in the Ukiah area. I wonder if it would be within the standards of this list to give more details about the house and the situation for the purpose of finding someone? I hope so. Here goes: My circumstances may be different from many of you. Maybe not. I've lived in communes of sorts and in extended family dwellings in the past. I enjoyed the cooperative life and learned a lot from the experience. My friends and I learned how to work and live in what others might think were very crowded conditions. One of the reasons we were able to stay together was our mutual interest in neighborhood projects and local community issues. I wouldn't want to repeat everything about those experiences, especially the lack of privacy, but on the whole, those were very happy days. I live in Ukiah, a town of 15,000 in Mendocino County about 100 miles north of San Francisco. The overall environment is excellent. Clean air and plenty of water. Wet winters, hot summers, perfect spring and fall. Schools are good. Streets are safe. There is a fairly large subculture of ex-hippies and back to the land folks. This part of Northern California is not just a supplier of good grapes, cannabis and forest products, but also of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and other innovations. Northern California also has more cohousing projects than any other part of the country, although there is no active cohousing group in Ukiah at this time. After 20 years of running our own businesses and raising kids together--our youngest will be graduating from high school soon--my wife and I have decided to part. She is looking for less cooperative living and I for more. We are on very friendly terms but have decided to go our separate ways. Another friend of the family, a single man, is interested in buying into the house. The two of us are looking for another person or couple to share ownership of the house (3 bed, 3 bath) and live cooperatively. That person or couple would need about $50,000 collateral to buy into the house, and an interest in community living. Later, perhaps, we might become the core group for a larger cohousing project. If this idea interests you, send a note or call. Sincerely, king collins King Collins and Joan Kelley 296 Gardens Ave. Ukiah, CA 95482 Voice: (707) 462-4543 Fax: (707) 462-6873 Net: greenmac [at] pacific.net
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