Re: rental cohousing?
From: Jerome Garciano (
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:40:39 -0800 (PST)
I've always thought that some interested people on this list could get
together and start a non-profit organization to own and lease cohousing
rental/low-income rental units throughout the country.  The idea would be
that a cohousing-friendly owner with capacity and scale can help make
mixed-tenure and mixed-income cohousing more achieveable.

If anybody is interested in looking at this email me at the address below
and let's see what happens.

*Jerome L. Garciano, Esq.*
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
111 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02199
Direct Dial: 617.239.0285
Direct Fax: 888.325.9042
Main Dial: 617.239.0100
Email: jgarciano [at]

On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM, Sharon Villines
<sharon [at]>wrote:

> On 3 Feb 2011, at 10:43 AM, Naomi Anderegg wrote:
> >  I've thought
> > about buying a small apartment building to convert into all-rental or
> > rent-to-own-condo-style cohousing & am wondering, quite frankly, if it
> would be
> > a good investment.
> I was surprised a the conference last year how many people were there who
> were looking for cohousing communities — not just people who were connected
> and in development, I expected those — but people who had no connections at
> all and were relatively open geographically. On the tours they formed groups
> to compare notes on all the communities they had seen.
> I met a woman on one bus who had joined 3 groups only to have some problem
> at the last minute and ending up with no group. Either she moved across
> country for work or they disbanded. She was currently participating in a
> group just to have a group but didn't want to live where they were building.
> She was very discouraged about cohousing because she couldn't face getting
> emotionally connected again and being left behind.
> On the tour we saw Nomad Cohousing which has 11 units and shares a
> commonhouse with a local theater group. She just walked into the courtyard
> and had an idea — "I'll buy a small apartment complex and start renting to
> the people I want to rent to. In a short time, I will have cohousing. It's
> no fail!"
> Of course, she had the money to do this, which not all of us have. And in
> California, there seem to be many complexes of small stucco houses or an
> apartment building around a courtyard that opens onto the street. Perfect
> set up.
> When I got back to the conference building, I met a man who had been
> looking at cohousing only because his building had gone up for sale and he
> was going to have to move. He really didn't want to move. He had lived there
> for years and it was his community. Now it was going to be broken up. At the
> conference, he realized he didn't have to move or lose his community. He was
> talking to developers about how to finance purchasing the building himself
> and keep the community together.
> (I don't have their names — conference-itis. You don't write down names
> because the people are so real you think you will never forget them or you
> write them down with no notes so you end up with a meaningless list of which
> one was that?)
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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