|Through the looking glass, #1||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: PattyMara (PattyMaraaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 11:42:36 -0500|
Dear cohousing list and friends, In a most celebratory mood I am happy to announce that our escrow closed and was recorded Friday, July 31 after receiving final inspection on the first Tierra Nueva Cohousing home. Just in the nick of time to avoid the dreaded capital gains tax. Needless to say champagne and chocolate was plentiful Friday night as we gathered to celebrate a ten year journey for the group, and seven years of participation by my family. We toasted and danced while a gang of coho kids played hide-n-seek outside in the twilight under a half moon. Within the next four weeks the other 5 families of phase one will be closing their escrows and moving in as well, while construction steams ahead on the remaining 21 homes. My family will begin moving in within a few weeks, and will experience living in a construction zone during the day, while enjoying the relative quiet at night as the only residents (for a limited time) on our five acre site. I would like to submit short journal musings to the list as my family steps through the looking glass and transitions into community living. I hope to continue this story until the end of the year, and possibly longer if energy permits. I can promise irregular entries that will offer a candid view of both the pros and cons of this crazy venture. I will begin with this observation: All through the design phase, my family (two teenagers now, but they were 11 and 7 when we began attending meetings) participated in designing the 3 bedroom units. As time went on and cost estimates ballooned we found ourselves priced out, along with a few other families. As a response to our dilemma, a "budget" 3 bedroom unit, with a narrower lot and smaller square footage was created. This new design was affordable, and we felt it worth the compromise to be able to stay in the community. Nonetheless, for me, this unit design has never seemed to be "mine". When we gathered at our newly purchased home last night and began to uncork the champagne I noticed a shift in my perception. As I looked around the room and saw my friends raising their glass in a welcome home toast I began to experience the alchemy of community in a new way. The architecture, with all its glitches and compromises and inadequacies really did become less important than the energy of extended family that filled the room. I finally began to feel a tiny glimmer of hope that this condo could become a nourishing home for my family. Hopefully, this glimmer will grow. We'll see. Patty Mara Gourley Tierra Nueva Cohousing, Central California Coast All units sold, with a waiting list of eager latecomers and where the the common house Wolf (stove) arrives on Monday.
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