|Re: drawbacks||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 16:42:25 -0700 (MST)|
Lynn here, from RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA. We started around 15 years ago. I've been living on site for about 7 years. I'm someone who thrives on this cohousing experience, but as the principal contact for potential joiners, I also know it's not for everyone. It's extra work. You still have to do most of your personal-life stuff, plus someone has to deal with the jointly-held stuff (cleaning, maintenance, mowing, weeding, purchasing), the responsibilities of being a legal entity (insurance, liability issues, accounting, taxes, City permits, etc.), and the whole PROCESS of deciding and implementing all those common affairs. Magic elves do not put supper on the table, water the trees, and pay the bills. It's extra time. Not only the above tasks, but the committees, task forces, meetings, discussion and sharing circles, social gatherings, work parties, reading and writing email, and more. It costs extra. Yes, you get something for the investment. But you are paying more, here anyway, than you would for the same house just-anywhere; the value of the community amenities affect your property taxes; something like an unexpected lawsuit could cost you extra; and there is $800-1000 a year in annual assessment for operating expenses and reserves. It inhibits quick independent decision making in many matters. Yes you can get quite good at community process. But it's nothing like top-down administration in short-term "efficiency." If you are coming from the model of a corporate business, you can despair. Again, one gets a return on the time and patience put into seasoning a decision so it's more durable. But not everyone has the patience. Likewise, you can't always get what YOU want. At best, you'll be heard and your desires considered by the group. But nobody will always get it their preferred way. That has to be OK. As one develops trust in the quality of the group, this becomes easier. More so for some people than for others, though. Stuff you could just DO on an independent property may be regulated or need group process here. You can't just decide to adopt six dogs, or hang intense lights in your yard. Do I love it? Yes. Is it extra work, time, patience, and constraint? Yes. Is it worth it? For me yes. Not for everyone. _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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