|small cohousing groups||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mary Zoeller (mzoellerix.netcom.com)|
|Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 11:39:51 -0500|
I'm posting the following message for Alisa, who is not a subscriber. She answered Julie's inquiry at my request. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Hi, Julie - I'm a member of the Berkeley CoHousing on Sacramento Street community. I'm just responding to your email of 5/13 as I've just spent the last week moving back into our community (into one of the renovated units). Our community is 14 units. We bought this property in early 1994 (3/4 acre with 6 units and common house completed) and have spent the last 3 years developing the other 8 units - 4 renovations and 4 new construction. Ours is a somewhat unusual project as we have been living on the site (in various configurations at various times) and learning how to live in community at the same time as we have been developing it. This has had its own challenges; a lot of us have been putting in 15 hrs minimum per week for 3 years... This is definitely partly because we have been small (and actually only 10 households for 2 of those 4 years) and we HAVE felt overwhelmed from time to time (some more than others) by the amount of work involved. At the same time, for me, the size also feels just right. I can't imagine living in a community much larger - my fear is that it would be more impersonal all the way around. But this may just be because I like what I'm used to... And we are definitely one of the more intimate groups around. The development costs that I think about are non-monetary. And I really feel like building community is about putting in the time: you get out what you put in. We have done a lot of processing and I feel there's a depth of understanding that we have about each other that comes from working so hard and so much together. But it has not come w/out costs. For example, other life projects were put on hold or abandoned (we might've had a second child), and there have been major challenges to the couples in the group and to the individual family units (several of us have compromised our job situations/family income in order to get this community built). On the other hand, my work on the Coordinating Committee and facilitating our general meetings actually gave me the experience I needed to take on an advancement in my career! Also how to try to balance work and play in my life and in my family. I must say, I cannot IMAGINE living any other way now. CoHousing is essential to the quality of my life and has provided wonderful opportunities for growth... Good luck! It's worth all your efforts - Alisa Gould Sugden
- Re: Small Cohousing Groups, (continued)
- Small cohousing groups Mike Malone, May 29 1997
- small cohousing groups Judy, June 2 1997
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