Re: Cohousing appraisals
From: Marty Roberts (
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 11:30:12 -0700 (MST)

On Friday, January 10, 2003, at 10:01  AM, Joani wrote:

Now read this and weep.  Two units here at Swan's Market Cohouisng (2br
ea,  900 and 1170 sf respectively) recently sold for $370,000 and
~$440,000. And a 650+ sf studio was appraised recently for $300,000. It's true, San Francisco Bay Area housing prices are off the charts. The father of a friend of mine recently bought a faiirly small one (or maybe it was two) bedroom condo with a bay view in a newish building for $1,000,000! Of
course he sold a house in the suburbs he had bought 8-10 years ago for
$900,000 for $1,600,000. Do these numbers make your head swim? They do mine.

It also says to me that cohousing in the Bay area is only for the rich - or those lucky enough to have gotten into the Bay area market years ago. Of course that is true for ALL housing in the Bay area - not just cohousing. But even here in Sonoma County (hour north of San Francisco), I have seen a few friends that are cohousing wannabes get priced out of even considering it. there's clearly a market for subsidized, affordable cohousing. A nonprofit in our area called Burbank Housing builds affordable housing developments with subsidies, donated land etc. that are quite nice. Seems a cohousing nonprofit could do something similar with coho design in mind? People with "normal" incomes can now qualify for affordable housing help due to this crazy housing market.
Marty Roberts
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