Re: Cost of living after move in
From: Vince Barco (
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 06:33:19 -0800 (PST)
Excellent question Lisa.  I too am having a hard time justifying the extra cost 
of co-housing to my very practical spouse.  First impression is that you pay a 
"premium" for the chance to live this way.  I know there are many intangible 
benefits that go with co-housing but if there was a case for reduced living 
expenses, I think that could "sell" the concept to many more people.

Let's hope someone has considered these items you list.

(a future (hopefully) co-houser)

----- Original Message ----
From: Lisa Lackey <lisa [at]>
To: cohousing-L [at]
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:54:21 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ Cost of living after move in

 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: 


     common meals, 

     buying food in bulk with other households, 


      energy bills decreasing because of unit clustering & sharing heat

     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,  


     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)?   




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