Re: so is it cohousing? Richdale Place in Cambridge, MA
From: Chris ScottHanson (
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 07:25:29 -0800 (PST)
A deeper, more interesting question might be - Why is a cohouser, and an experienced cohousing developer, now doing a developer driven project that may or may not actually chose to be cohousing?


On Feb 7, 2007, at 5:47 PM, Raines Cohen wrote:

3 stories, 20 units. Under construction, framed, built enough for
site tours by last November. 2008 occupancy?

It's virtually nextdoor to Cambridge Cohousing, being developed by
Cambridge Cohousing's developer (and resident) Gwendolyn Noyes. It's
developer-driven, with community-building as part of the process,
developer-sponsored monthly meetings of future residents with a
trained facilitator, training investment, etc.

  It links to but doesn't explicitly
reference cohousing, no, wait, they do get explicit in one spot:
Background for Community:

Richdale Place is the latest in a growing number of condominium
residences that Oaktree Development has created especially to be
community-oriented. It is one of our primary corporate goals to
design projects which enable people to enjoy the benefits of
neighborliness within an urban condominium dwelling. American
mobility fosters what is often not a natural or happy lifestyle. In
response to the sense of isolation some people experience, a new
form of housing, called Cohousing, has become popular. In
Cohousing, a group comes together with the intention of finding a
site, designing, and then building a community. This takes enormous
dedication and a long time, and many people who are otherwise
attracted to such a friendly and natural way of life don't have the
time to give to the endeavor. It's being represented by a realtor.
So is this modern fast-track cohousing for busy people who don't want
to take the time to develop it from scratch?

Here's what's listed for common amenities:

In addition, there are unique, community-enhancing spaces to be
enjoyed by the residents:
a sunny, furnished living-dining room with a fireplace and space
for a piano;
a fully-applianced kitchen adjacent to the dining room;
a sunny, common area patio accessed directly from the common living
a meeting room/library with adjacent bathroom which converts
without effort into…
a comfortable guest room
a package delivery room off the main entry allowing secure delivery
of FEDEX, UPS, etc, without the receiver having to be home.
an unprogrammed, finished, windowed space that can be an office,
workroom, fitness area or storage, depending upon residents’
a roof deck/garden that has elevator access, sunny exposure all
day, sunset views

I couldn't glean enough from the sketches and views to determine how
pedestrian-oriented it will be, but with parking below

My answer would be "yes"... what's yours?

  I'd be very curious about how it gets marketed, whether they do
outreach to cohousing channels, and whether they get into common
meals right from the get-go.

in mourning for the parent of a friend involved in the cohousing

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