|Almost cohousing forming south of San Francisco||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sanda Everette (severetted.co.sanmateo.ca.us)|
|Date: Tue, 3 Jun 1997 00:38:35 -0500|
Posting update and shortened, next project, a web site. San Francisco Bay area cooperative/intentional community/mini-co-housing forming: We are forming a small urban intentional community 20 miles south of San Francisco. We have purchased 25% ownership of one of 8-4 unit apartment buildings facing the lagoon between San Mateo and Foster City. There is a possibility of purchasing the whole building and an adjacent second 4-unit building (in which we currently live) in another one to two years. Because of the size of the lots, the city would allow the additional construction of up to 3000 sq. ft...but not more than four units. (We would want to go up rather than out, opening the possibility for common space.) There are fruit trees and room for an organic garden. We are seeking other "families" to co-own/rent in some form of a cooperative--something between intentional community and cohousing. We hope to share some meals, gardening, and other interests. Perhaps other buildings will come up for sale in the future so we can create a larger urban community. 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. 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. It does not seem too different that the N Street model. We have a 25% ownership and 100% of the responsibility for the day to day functioning of the building, including choosing tenants. (We will get the tax benefits in exchange for our higher level of participation.) We are planning how to prepare the soil for organic gardening in the yards behind both buildings. We expect to do mostly soil building the first year. We are looking at employing chicken tractors. The biggest dilemma now is what to do about current tenants. We will probably start with sharing info about cohousing/community with them and our goals and see if they want to "play." I don't think they will. I don't know what we will do if they are not interested but do not want to move. I think we have the legal right to ask them to leave but that feels awkward. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, Sanda and Brian For further info, write sanda [at] bigfoot.com or call 415/574-7155.
Almost cohousing forming south of San Francisco Sanda Everette, March 8 1997
- Almost cohousing forming south of San Francisco Sanda Everette, June 2 1997
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