|Willow House: Mariposa Grove cohousing neighbor SHORT SALE info session tomorrow (Oakland, CA)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 07:56:47 -0800 (PST)|
Cohousers, please feel free to share this rare, urgent, short-sale associate-member opening at our nearest neighboring cohousing neighborhood, Mariposa Grove, a mile down the road in North Oakland, on 60th between Market and MLK. We really want to help them get somebody interested in community there, able to work well with this crunchy permaculturish DIY permanently-affordable cohousing group to preserve the existing relationships. -- Raines Announcing a new Meetup for East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO): http://www.ebcoho.org/ What: Willow House: Mariposa Grove cohousing neighbor SHORT SALE info session (Oakland, CA) When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7 - 8 PM Where: Willow House, 60th St. behind Mariposa Grove cohousing, North Oakland (RSVP for exact location) We've just learned that a Mariposa Grove cohousing neighbor's home in North Oakland is being sold in a "short sale" by the bank at an incredible price, under $100 a square foot (less than half of the last sale price), with offers due this week; it is available for daytime visits by appointment, and we've arranged for a chance for EBCOHO members to see it and meet some community members this Wednesday evening- see the RSVP link at the very bottom of this message. Willow House has been owned by an Associate Member of Mariposa Grove for several years... it was bought most recently by somebody for that very purpose. It has been linked physically (the properties back up against one another) and socially in many ways, with a great deal of mutual work going into the agreement, and the community hopes to maintain the connection. However, any future relationship is subject to negotiation with the community, and is not guaranteed. The property is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 3000 square foot home, zoned as a Duplex, with an apartment downstairs with potential rental income. The seller is asking $269,000. Betsy and I know Bob, the owner, as well as many Mariposa Grove member neighbors and the community's founder. We are as eager as he is to get someone in there who is interested in the community connection - it would be a great loss to both parties to give up the amazing sharing opportunities. However, because he is facilitating a "short sale," he has limited flexibility - the bank may only accept the highest offer, and it could take months before it is known if they'll accept any offer at all. The Mariposa Grove cohousing neighborhood is a small, retrofit, permanently affordable limited-equity intentional community, similar in some ways to Berkeley Cohousing and Temescal Creek Cohousing, but a little bit earthier, garden-centered, using existing structures that needed a lot of hard work, smaller, arts and justice oriented. Willow House is available for viewing from 10 AM to 5 PM this week by appointment; offers are due by Friday. Use the Willow House link at the top for contact info. The seller is represented by a Real Estate agent and will share commission with a buyer's agent if you have one. You may also want to work with someone like Sharing Solution co-author, attorney Janelle Orsi, to work out arrangements within the house and with the neighboring community. An EBCOHO MeetUp will take place there this Wednesday evening from 7-8 PM (right after the State of the Union speech concludes) -- serious pre-approved ready-to-move buyers only, RSVP please, we don't have the time or the space to support folks just coming for a peek (we'll work on scheduling some future events there so others will have a chance to visit). This is a multi-story private home, with many steps involved in visiting the community's Common House, so we don't recommend it for anyone with significant mobility limitations. We don't have a personal stake in it and we are not licensed real estate agents, but we are available to provide Cohousing Coaching to anyone seriously considering making an offer, sharing info about the community, and some of the potential and challenges of getting connected this way. Please contact us to learn more. Betsy and Raines Cohousing Coaches & East Bay Cohousing Community Organizers P.S. There's also two talks this Thursday evening on sustainability and Aging In Community in West Berkeley, a 611 EcoVillage gathering and a North Oakland get-together on Saturday, a talk about community in Berkeley next Tuesday evening, and more getting added to our calendar all the time. RSVP here (free EBCOHO membership required): http://www.ebcoho.org/calendar/12426353/
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