Re: Rental Cohousing?
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 07:08:01 -0700 (PDT)
Lots of successful communities have owners that are not the whole group, but
they do face some special challenges.

Diana Leafe Christian's book "Creating a Life Together" covers this topic
with great insight:


On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 6:57 AM, Joanie Connors <jvcphd [at]> wrote:

> Dear Harold & Sandra,
> You describe a beautiful vision, but it will be tough to really make that
> into a community because the house and property are in your names. The
> power
> dynamics will always reflect that.
> Have you studied consensus decision making? What if someone disagrees with
> you? How will money and remodeling costs be managed?
> I wish you the best, but please do some research!
> Good luck,
> Joanie Connors
> Silver City, NM
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Harold Shapiro" <hmshapiro2010 [at]>
> We are the owners of a magnificent home with adjacent buildable land in the
> midst of one of Los Angeles' most desirable neighborhoods. This is not an
> ordinary home or property; it is considered an architectural treasure of
> this community.
> The home, used as a house share, can readily be divided into four private
> units. There is a large kitchen, a common room and other common spaces.
> Other units could eventually be built on the adjacent land bringing the
> total units up to eleven.

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