Re: ratio of least to most expensive unit in cohousing?
From: Bonnie Fergusson (
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 08:17:12 -0700 (PDT)
    Since the largest units are also more than 3.5 times the square footage of 
the smallest this makes sense.  Real Estate is generally priced more or less by 
the square foot and so are cohousing units for the most part, since they are 
essentially real estate with extra benefits.  
             Bonnie Fergusson
             Swan's Market Cohousing
             Oakland, CA

--- On Wed, 6/3/09, Kristi Barlow <kristi [at]> wrote:

> From: Kristi Barlow <kristi [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ ratio of least to most expensive unit in cohousing?
> To: cohousing-l [at]
> Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 2:39 AM
> Hi all--
> Here is Brooklyn we are struggling to establish our prices
> so we can  
> do unit selection next week and bring in more much needed
> members. A  
> tension has emerged between the needs of those seeking the
> smallest  
> units (studios) and those families needing affordable 3BRs.
> Because of  
> our constraints in renovating an existing building with
> fixed costs  
> and square footage, affordability for one end of the
> spectrum directly  
> impacts affordability at the other. My question for you
> today is this:  
> what is that spread between least and most expensive units
> in your  
> community? Our pricing task force's latest work has
> proposed unit  
> prices where the largest units (1250 sf) are more than 3.5
> times the  
> price of the smallest (318 sf). I'm wondering how that
> pattern  
> compares to other communities?
> thank you in advance,
> Kristi
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