Re: affordable cohousing, not "gated"/ Habitat
From: R.N. Johnson (
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:57:17 -0800 (PST)
We ended up buying a pre-existing complex, but had talked to our local Habitat 
when we were looking at different properties.  We had a concern that the people 
in the market units would be subsidizing both the land and the common house for 
the people in the Habitat units, and that that would price out many of our  
households.  We talked to the Habitat group about the possibility of a Habitat 
crew leader working with us to build the common house, with all members either 
providing labor or hiring labor. This would bring the cost of the common house 
down for all, provide a bonding experience for those willing and able to work 
on it. They were amenable to the idea, although we never got the chance to put 
it into practice. 
Randa Johnson
New Brighton Cohousing
Aptos, CA

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