|Cost of living after move in||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lisa Lackey (lisamark-works.com)|
|Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 14:54:23 -0800 (PST)|
I am a member of a cohousing community forming in Grass Valley. I have never actually lived in cohousing, but hope to when this one is built a couple years from now. In this market, we are struggling to find people who want to commit to being members, although there are quite a few that express interest. One of the most frequent feedback I get is that they cannot afford it (even though we are priced at market rate for this area). It seems to me that figuring out what you can afford in cohousing is more than just the price of your unit. Have there been any studies or documentation of household costs going down after moving into cohousing? It seems like many costs could go down once in cohousing, for instance: Food: common meals, buying food in bulk with other households, Utilities: energy bills decreasing because of unit clustering & sharing heat bills, sharing internet & other communication bills Car expenses easier to carpool, easier to carshare Don't need to buy as much sharing resources, so you don't have to buy everything yourself, Entertainment not needing/wanting to eat out or go out as much, because of the meals and events in the commonhouse, I imagine there could be many more. Is it true that expenses go down after you move into cohousing, making life "more affordable" (outside of the original price of the home)? Thanks, Lisa
- Cost of living after move in Lisa Lackey, November 25 2007
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