|Affordable Rental Cohousing grand opening tomorrow (Sebastopol, CA): Petaluma Avenue Homes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 09:07:25 -0700 (PDT)|
Katie asked me to spread the word about this event midday tomorrow in Sebastopol (CA). Given all the discussion here lately about affordable rental cohousing, here's a chance to meet some folks who have actually done it and learn what it actually took. I won't be at this event, as I'll be traveling with the Culver Way EcoVillage (Metro Cohousing in St. Louis, MO) folks to visit Three Trails cohousing (Independence, MO) and Delaware Street Commons (Lawrence, KS) but Betsy might be able to make it. We were there for the groundbreaking, and impressed with the location and plans. --Raines -- Affordable Housing Associates (a long-established nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Berkeley, CA) invites you to the Grand Opening of Petaluma Avenue Homes with Cohousing Co. (McCamant & Durrett) architects, developer, financiers, city officials, and others participating 11 AM - 1 PM (full invite with photos and a link to the developer's site at East Bay Cohousing's MeetUp group, free to join): http://www.ebcoho.org/calendar/10383744/ Come celebrate the opening of the first affordable rental cohousing community in Northern California. Petaluma Avenue Homes is an affordable cohousing community in Sebastopol, CA. There are 45 units of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments plus 3-bedroom townhomes. Rents (per Affordable Housing Associates website, subject to change annually based on Area Median Income and other factors) range from $437 to $1,213 per month based on apartment size and household income level. (income limits apply). Minimum annual income is as low as $10,488. Maximum combined household income ranges from $32,700 for 1 person, $37,320 for 2, up to $57,900 for a 7-person household. Apartment Features Granite countertops Natural linoleum floors Natural maple cabinets Ceiling fan Garbage disposal 2 bathrooms (3br only) Dishwasher (2br and 3br only) Property Features Near downtown Sebastopol Large common house with: Dining room Commercial-style kitchen Laundry room Computer room Kids play room Community garden Large lawn Play area Bike parking Parking located around the property, keeping the inner area safe Note from Raines: Sebastopol is in Sonoma County; North San Francisco Bay Area, a lovely little town "off the freeway" just enough to have some character, and I believe now the California community with the most cohousing per capita and tied with Davis for number of established cohousing neighborhoods, and leading in affordable cohousing, with a sweat-equity homeowner project across town, the 20-unit Sequoia Village, quietly completed by Burbank Homes this year. It is in the heart of the North Bay's "cohousing belt", with one cohousing community in each adjacent town/city to the North, East, and South, and forming communities with sites the next town over North and East. There are no openings at Petaluma Avenue homes at this time (as far as we know), this is just the official public "ribbon-cutting" completion ceremony. We'd love for any interested cohousers in the area to participate and report back on the feel of the place, the community amenities, and how they are going to keep the sense of group solidarity alive for people often struggling with basic survival/shelter issues. The developer has engaged Eris Weaver from nearby FrogSong cohousing in Cotati, an experienced group facilitator and trainer, to work with the community and provide group development services. --- Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach http://www.CohousingCoach.com/ facilitating a discussion with Metro Cohousing at Culver Way EcoVillage members about the power of stories and how to effectively "bloom and grow" the community Northern California Cohousing regional organizer organizing an "Aging In Community" table at the Maker Faire in San Mateo May 29-30 Co-author, Audacious Aging working hard to weave together the "Aging In Community" movement
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