|Visiting CA this summer?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MelaSilva (MelaSilvaaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 11:58:35 -0500|
How We Spent Our Summer Vacation If your plans for the summer include visiting cohousing communities - Welcome to the club! Every year those of us who already live in community great and meet many of you who want to know if this is a good choice for you. Those who are already buying land and hiring architects come to see how we divide common space from private space, where we put the compost pile, and whether our mail boxes are inside or outside the common house. A few things to remember if you are coming to visit: * For those who have it, Email is easier and more convenient than phone tag. It's cheaper, too. * Some folks love to do tours, but some have already had bus loads of tours, and are burned out. If one cannot accomodate you, try a different community. * If you make an appointment for a tour, BE ON TIME! If you can't be on time, call as soon as you know you will be late. We have full lives, and it is very frustrating to hurry home from the market to great a visitor who arrives 2 hours later. * Any "homework" you do will really pay off. Check out old issues of the Journal and the web site before you come. You will ask better questions and get more detailed answers. Some communities have copy machines, so that you can make instant copies of chore lists, meal schedules, or whatever you think will be of interest later. * If you come to a common meal, offer to pay. Better yet, if you have time, help clean up. It can be difficult to recruit tour guides, and seeing visitors pitch in with the work helps everyone. California Cohousing Communities Berkeley Sacramento Street Mix of retrofit and new construction on 3/4 acre in the middle of Berkeley Contact: Tom Lent <tLent [at] igc.apc.org> or Nina Falk 510/549-1155 Chico Valley Oaks Village 28 homes on 5 acres, 2 miles from town Contact: Ellen Galena 916/345-8521 Davis Muir Commons First built from scratch cohousing community in the US. 26 homes on 3 acres. Common House 916/758-5202 N Street Organically growing since 1989 by taking down fences between homes. Contact: Cheryl Farris <Member3987 [at] aol.com> or 916/753-8075 Emeryville Doyle Street 12 loft style homes built in a former warehouse in a mixed use urban area Contact: Dara Efron <darae [at] dnai.com> Sacramento Southside Park Mixed income in downtown area. 25 homes on 1.3 acres Contact: Susan Scott <SaScott [at] Rcip.com> or 916/446-5066 THANKS! Pam Silva Southside Park Sacramento CA
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