Re: Reality Questions for our new Common House!
From: David Heimann (
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 20:26:12 -0800 (PST)

1. We have an urban location in Boston, and do lock our Common House. One can get in either by using a key or by using a code on the intercom phone in the main-entrance vestibule. Only 6 of the 30 units are within the secured area of the common house; the others can be reached directly from the courtyard which in turned can be reached directly from the street. Touch wood and all that -- so far in 3.5 years we haven't had a unit broken into, though we've had occasional thefts of bicycles, etc.

2. We have a coat rack in the mail room. There's definitely not enough room for as many coats as capacity in the great room (around 50). However, that's never been a problem since even in the middle of a New England winter people will take the short walk from their units to the common house without heavy coats.

Hope this helps,
David Heimann
Jamaica Plain Cohousing (Boston, MA)

Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 8:41:50 -0600
From: <maryvk [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Reality Questions for our new Common House!
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We are moving into our Common House within the months.  Yippee!  Here are a few 
questions for experienced cohousing dwellers.  Might as well start with lessons 

Do you lock your Common House?  If so, describe the circumstances.
We are in a very rural, almost no crime area but some of our new neighbors and 
guests are city dwellers.

How do you hang coats and store wet and muddy boots?
We need to accommodate 50-70 people.  We have a great mudroom foyer but decided 
not to develop built in's etc. until the construction company left the premise. 
 We'd love to do hooks especially for children but how can you do so many????  
And mats for boots are great but again it seems like it would end up a pile?

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We encourage you to visit us  when you are 
in New England.

Mary Kaplan
Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm

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