|Re: Seattle group seeks property for co-housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 06:46:44 -0700 (PDT)|
Jordan, what you seek certainly isn't "conventional, neighborhood-level, large-scale cohousing," but it definitely shares significant characteristics with Retrofit Cohousing: Retrofit Cohousing; A different kind of "fixer-upper" http://www.cohousing.org/creating_retrofit.aspx (Cohousing Magazine article by Karen Hester of Temescal Creek Cohousing) Retrofit Cohousing is often based on a one or more existing structures - they sometimes combine multiple dwellings, sometimes convert apartment buildings, and sometimes convert buildings created for non-residential purposes. Also, given your challenges with "conventional realtors," there is a realtor in Seattle I strongly recommend you contact... GreenWorks Realty, owned by Ben Kaufman, who was highly involved with NICA (Northwest Intentional Community Association). This realty is familiar with the breadth of communities in the NW. When Ben first started GreenWorks, he thought he would emphasize sales of community homes. After learning how limited that market was, he expanded to include Green Homes - a hot, hot, hot market in the Seattle area and Green homes sell for premium prices. Another challenge for Realtors interested in representing cohousing homes is how many sell privately without realtor representation. GreenWorks Realty (http://www.greenworksrealty.com/) A new group, which I'm a part of, is now exploring a relationship with GreenWorks Development Group, a sister company, as we explore developing properties which adjoin Songaia Cohousing. Unlike Songaia, which self-developed, we are interested in forming an effective partnership with a for-profit developer which can help the project move from vision to reality in less time, at lower risk, and with less work from its wanna-be cohousers. Craig ------------------- Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Seattle group seeks property for co-housing From: Jordan Schwartz <jordan [at] hive-mind.com> Thanks, Craig for the links and info. I think you're right that the correct word for what we're trying to establish isn't cohousing. Great to see so many successful models right in our own neighborhood, we'll reach out. It's been frustrating working with realtors for so many months and see so many properties that are simply too small or irreparably misconfigured, and then have them slowly fade off and stop sending leads. What makes our ask a bit of a hard match is that we really want to establish separate, semi-independent living spaces for the family units AS WELL AS large common space.
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