|Re: Lot development, coho financing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stevenson/Bitner (lilbertconcentric.net)|
|Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 10:20:42 -0600|
> The main drawbacks of a "pure" lot development model--by >which I mean that lots are sold individually, and each household then >chooses its own home design and builder, include: > * Mish mash of building styles > * No shared goals or priorities for the homes > * Potentially long build out time before the neighborhood is >"complete" > * Expensive end costs for each household, since each home is >probably one of a kind > You forgot to mention other costs, both to the community and externalized. The lot development model usually results in a spread out design, at least more so than houses that share walls. This is a waste of land, and IMO, when the community is spread out, it feels like less of a community. I know there are people who will take offense at that, but that's what I have seen. I myself hated the floor plan of my house, but wanted to be in cohousing and was willing to give up on my "dream home". In retrospect, I think there is much to be gained from everyone having the same developer, regardless of money. I think it adds to the feeling of community to have a similar house to everyone else. We have all different incomes here, and there is no sense that it matters. I really think it's the design of the community that fosters that. There is also alot to be said for everybody moving in at or near the same time. There seems to be an outsider-insider thing happening with lot development. Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento, CA
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