|Update to Almost cohousing forming south of San Francisco||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sanda Everette (severetted.co.sanmateo.ca.us)|
|Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 00:16:55 -0500|
This is a lengthy posting about this subject with a restatement of original info and an update since I first posted it 2-1/2 months ago. San Francisco Bay area cooperative/intentional community/mini-co-housing forming: We are forming a small urban intentional community while we are here on the peninsula 20 miles south of San Francisco. We have been in negotiation to purchase one of 8-4 unit apartment buildings facing the lagoon between San Mateo and Foster City. There are fruit trees and room for an organic garden. We are seeking 2 or 3 other "families" to co-own in some form of a cooperative--something between intentional community and cohousing. We hope to share meals, gardening, and other interests. Perhaps other buildings will come up for sale in the future so we can create a larger urban community. For someone who has been living with a lot more space around than is usually available in this densely populated area, this location is wonderful: lots of birds, sunrise over the water, access to biking/walking path 1/2 block away, large park with playground, tennis courts, etc, one-two blocks away, other recreational opportunities nearby with the city amenities of proximity to freeway and public transportation, etc. After several years of attempting to form community on our 40 acres in rural NW Washington, we have returned to California to live and work for 2-10 more years. We will probably return to the farm in the future. That project has a website and looking at it will tell you something about our values. http://www.cohousing.org/specific/dragonbelly/ FOLLOW UP since March: The owner told us on March 8th that he will definately sell to us. He has several other people interested but likes our ideas of doing a cooperative, gardening, etc. He keeps telling us that it is for sure but family pressure has slowed him down. I know cohousing is suppose to take a long time but this mini version could happen quickly...and then again...He may want to retain partial ownership for awhile because of concerns about capital gains. That would give us more time to find co-owners and more of an opportuntiy for folks to try it out as renters. Well Carlos, the owner came up to me on May 14th and said that he is ready to sell and all the forces in his family that are trying to stop him are losing. Brian saw the owner of the building we are currently living in at work today. It turns out he is an engineer at United. He said he might consider leasing the building to us and in one year when he retires, would consider selling it. With two buildings-8 units, we could really be a community with possibilities for common space. Another exciting piece of news we got when we visited the city planners: the size of the lot is such that we could have another 3000 sq ft of living space--we can't go over 4 units/building but we could add a story, as long as we don't go over 50 feet and turn the original four units into three. Obviously that would take more money than we have now but....my fantasy was to turn the two-2BR units which are above each other into one four bedroom townhouse and then the extra living room and maybe kitchen if we could keep an extra kitchen could become common space and a new, now fourth unit could be built on the third story-- We wouldn't to just add on because we want to preserve the extra land for agricultural purposes. This would be true of a second building, too if we should purchase it. Extending that building could give common space for other activities... I know this is not the way cohousing usually forms but it seems like a viable alternative in the high priced San Francisco Bay area. Sanda and Brian For further info, write sanda [at] bigfoot.com
Update to Almost cohousing forming south of San Francisco Sanda Everette, May 16 1997
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