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|From: Erika Lockhart (fiatgirlgmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 21:26:21 -0700 (PDT)|
Marganne & all re: this topic: I'm glad to hear interest in keeping this topic on the list because it seems to me that there are probably about as many ways to "co-house" as there are people, and if each of us had our own e-mail list, we might wait for a long time to find anyone else to join! I wrote earlier to the list after seizing on the idea of co-housing for a few friends and I who are at or near 50 and would like to at least semi-retire in the next few years. I put together some spreadsheets with estimates on a buy-in to new construction for either three or four people, including a possible buy-in or rental situation for one of the potential participants, who has since opted out. One of us already owns the land and some improvement which may or may not be factored into the buy-in cost for the others. The rest of us just finally met to discuss our desires and theories about how this would all work, and I appreciate all the contributions to this list that taught me a lot, as well as the personal e-mails. It seems to me that we may have an easier time of it because we already have all of the people, which gives us a scope of the project. We've agreed, tentatively, that we will build a fairly conventional house, which will help to preserve the retail value in case we decide to liquidate. None of us really wants to deal with unknown renters, and we are going to require that each person's share be insured for payoff in case of financial or health problems, and that no ownership interest in the property can be distributed until the last person dies or all the remaining partners decide to liquidate. We want to build a home that's handicapped accessible, (two of us already have pretty bad knee problems) and when we got together at the property, we talked about siting of the house and driveways to avoid requiring stairs for access to the home. We'll have wide doorways and accessible showers. We'll build an extra room for future live-in help, and guests in the meantime. Instead of building large living suites, we're going to build outbuildings that can be used for projects, privacy or intimate guests (we're referring to one as our "love shack", perhaps rather optimistically!) Living in one house is about the only way we'll be able to do this for around $100,000 per person, so our plan won't work for people who want their own detached houses. We're still not sure about some of the day to day details, but we've decided to meet again formally next year to work on this some more, with brainstorming in the meantime. Maybe the people on this list who are looking for communities should all have a big face-to-face meeting and see if they can form their own. With a time-frame of maybe 3-5 years, perhaps some friendships may blossom that could enable other projects like ours! I'm sure that most of us in this age range are finding that we are losing friends more frequently than we used to, and an opportunity to make new friends with similar interests is definitely a blessing. Best wishes to all, Erika
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