|[20yr] - coho-l for 20 years? Hello & bye, sort of.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim Snyder-Grant (jimsgnewview.org)|
|Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:35:44 -0800 (PST)|
Some 20-year thoughts. Some of us from New View (Acton MA) were active on the list in the first few years, as we wrestled with all the new-group issues, and then shared what we had tried out. Our group started forming in 1989, as a break-off group from the Greater Boston Cohousing Group (I think that was what it was called). A few folks decided that studying this new thing was interesting, but getting a group started to actually get some cohousing done was much more interesting. My wife and I joined a couple of years later as the group was expanding. The group got site control in 1993, started building in 1994, and moved in in 1995 and 1996. We were (and are) 24 households, with a few extra and important adjacent "community member" households who participate in community life but not the pure-condo stuff. We've had only 5 turnovers in those 17 years, so we are roughly two decades older then when we moved in. We've learned a new word: "NORC" a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community. The new households have all had younger kids, but things have definitely shifted towards more professional services, towards an emphasis on how we can spend more fun time together (rather than doing physical labor), and towards a willingness to invest in the long haul, while paying attention to trimming costs where possible as more and more of us start living on retirement incomes. None of us here are regular readers of the listserv any more. I dipped back in when Fred reminded us of the 20 year anniversary coming up. If you have questions or information for us, you might try our contact form on the website - a rotating set of volunteers make sure messages from there are dispatched as appropriate. And this message has my email address and other contact info. Some memories of the listserv? I remember periodically explaining that contrary to the received wisdom at the time, allowing relatively extensive customizations at design and construction time saved our butts financially instead of hurting us. We charged a lot extra for those, and that extra money helped make up the gap between the total of all the appraised values of the homes (approximately - what we could charge) and the total development cost. Those of us that went for simpler houses closer to the base model were subsidized by those who had the means to build in more customizations. Thank-you richer neighbors! As far as my wife and I can tell, this is our terminal house. We are looking forward to many more decades here, god willing, in our fairly-accessible house that we can make more accessible, and with the help of long term care insurance if needed, and with the limited but vital support of our neighbors. Hooray for cohousing. I wouldn't live anywhere else. And thanks to Fred and coho-l for being a wonderful watering-hole for sitting around and sharing stories. -Jim Jim Snyder-Grant jimsg [at] newview.org Home: 978 266-9409 Cell: 508 572-2985 18 Half Moon Hill Acton MA 01720
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