|[20yr] Sanda on San Mateo Ecovillage / retrofit||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:12:34 -0800 (PST)|
Sanda on San Mateo Ecovillage / retrofit Sanda Everette <ecosanda [at] gmail.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> This is Sanda's summary / update on occasion of the list's 20 years about the San Mateo Ecovillage / retrofit experience. I corrected a couple typos and added a bit of foratting. Fred -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I ended up going to the archives and gathering snippets here in there over the five years between 1997 and 2002 when it looks like I stopped using the list. An interesting starting point from almost 15 years ago as I plan for a brief trip to Costa Rica in two weeks. I wrote a concluding paragraph about where we are now. Thanks Fred. ------------------------- Subject: Re: Sanda in Costa Rica Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 22:27:19 -0500 Greetings from Costa Rica where I am beginning the second week of a four week program at a language school outside of San Jose. Yesterday we visited a housing project, one of many in Costa Rica designed for the poor, 40% single women. The government helps purchase the land but it is a private enterprise. All families must contribute 30 hours/week of labor. They may not sell or rent their houses. The community OWNS the community. I will be returning to San Mateo the end of the month. Some of you may recall that we are attempting to develop an urban retrofit type mini-cohousing project on an inlet of San Francisco Bay 20 miles south of the city. Hopefully there will be a website for it soon when Stuart updates the cohousing pages--for all I know he already has.... There will be two opportunities coming up to join us next month. There will be a wonderful 2 BR apartment available the first week. It has a great deck, about 16x16, overlooking the water. We will also be looking for someone to share our 3 BR apartment toward the end of the month. You can write me in Costa Rica, include my name in the subject or my husband, Brian, in San Mateo sand [at] bigfoot.com We look forward to seeing many of you at the cohousing conference in Seattle. Hasta luego, Sanda I've had trouble remembering when we bought the first building - now I know our anniversary date Urban retrofit cohousing in San Mateo County From: Sanda Everette (severetteed.co.sanmateo.ca.us) Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 00:34:17 -0600 We finally closed escrow February 10th on the first four-plex. ..... ------------------------- AND FROM 11/99 Well we are still chugging along in our efforts to develop retrofit cohousing. Since the last time I wrote about it, the owner of the second building put us off again. The purchase is now suppose to happen in January. We are still looking for brave souls to buy in to our mini-ecovillage in the suburban netherlands of the San Francisco Bay area. On another note, I mentioned to some that we traveled to Europe last summer and visited, among other places, Damanhur community in Italy. I now have my European vacation pages on line with links to photos I have taken as well as to Damanhur and other connections. I hope this process gives you a bit more control than being invited to see someone's home movies. You can link from my home page or just go to http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda/Europe99/Europe99.htm Sanda and Brian Everette http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda San Mateo Cooperative Community http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda/smcc.htm Toward a sustainable lifestyle: grow some of your own food and/or know the gardener who is growing it. ------------------------- MOVING ON TO 2000 Subject: an opening, the continuing saga in retrofit From: Sanda Everette (severettesmcoe.k12.ca.us) Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 08:02:10 -0600 (MDT) We have been waiting to hear from the owner of the second building as to when we can proceed with the purchase of his building. He last told us in February or March that it would be in June. (Of course it was previously January 2000, June 1999, sometime in 1998.) He also said that if there were any apartments available in the meantime, he would let us know first so that we could rent to folks interested in the community. We haven't heard from him since that time. Friday, we started hearing rumors that one of the apartments was going to be available. We put in a call to him but only got his answering machine with no response yet. Our most positive thought was that he had not told the property manager about our arrangement. Sunday we spoke to the man in the downstairs two bedroom and found out that he is indeed moving out on June 10th or sooner. He said that he had heard that the property manager had an offer to rent the apartment for $1600/month. I will try to reach the owner again today as well as the property management company. If you are interested in our community and available on such short notice, please contact us immediately and arrange for a time to come for a visit. Meanwhile we are in process with the architect to submit a drawing to city of San Mateo for us to change our roof line to allow for solar retrofit. We are still investigating photovolteic possibilities. Sanda and Brian Everette San Mateo Cooperative Community http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda/smcc.htm Toward a sustainable lifestyle: grow some of your own food and/or know the gardener who is growing it. ------------------------- MOVING ON TO 2001 Subject: continuing adventures in retrofit land From: Sanda Everette (sandasmcpacbell.net) Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 19:47:01 -0700 (MST) Well, since we last spoke we have our first newspaper story about us. The only total inaccuracy is that he kept talking about six people, not six apartments...with a total of 14 people. It is in the March 2, 2001 issue of a small local paper, the San Mateo Daily Jouranl. It is available on line at http://www.smdailyjournal.com/ and then search their archives for that date. I generally said what he recorded but, out of context, some of it is a bit weird. I wonder if anyone from the city will read the piece?? It wasn't very favorable to their level of support for us. We did make sure we renewed our chicken permit in case they did...probably the least of our worries. We have gained new members in the past few moments with past experience with and commitment to both community and gardening. We are still a community of renters (except us) and still waiting to purchase that second building. -- Sanda and Brian Everette http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda San Mateo Cooperative Community http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda/smcc.htm Toward a sustainable lifestyle: grow some of your own food and/or know the gardener who is growing it. I found the referenced newspaper article from a dozen years ago http://archives.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=2705&title =Green%20cooperative%20thriving%20in%20San%20Mateo&eddate=03/02/2001 ------------------------- Re: Means and end From: Sanda Everette (sandasmcpacbell.net) Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001 10:30:01 -0700 (MST) I meant to write but didn't but I always find myself inspired by Robyn. We definitely have more of a purpose than cohousing...but then I guess we are not really cohousing anyway....some form of retrofit. We definitely identify as an intentional community with aspirations of being a mini ecovillage. We recently had our first one day retreat including many heart opening activities as well as focusing on structures, communication, decision making, etc. But then, I am also what someone described as a retired hippie--I have been interested in intentional community since the 70s and see cohousing as an extension that makes it more available to more mainstream folks who may not know that they are closet hippies. I just had a flash, a thought about it in more modern terms, like multiple intelligences...one of the 7 intelligences is "intrapersonal." Maybe folks attracted to community, whether cohousing or other, are high in this area...or feel a strong pull to it. I recently heard that they identified a 8th intelligence, naturalist. I also recently heard that a gene for altruism has been identified. Perhaps some of this helps explain why some of us are so pulled to make a difference on the planet while others are pulled to the mall. Hmmm, I may be changing topics here. If anyone wants a reference to this theory that I am talking about, here is one of many found with Google, http://edweb.gsn.org/edref.mi.th.html Growing a retrofit community From: Sanda Everette (sandacohousing.org) Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001 14:50:02 -0600 (MDT) We have hopes that our community will grow past our one four unit building....in an N Street like model. As many of you know, we have been negotiating to buy the neighboring building for two or three years...not a motivated seller (though we have community members in two of the four apartments and garden in its backyard.) Since I know some folks want to live in their own house rather than an apartment, I use to post when there were houses for sale on the block hoping to expand the community that way. Even two or three years ago, I though home prices were kind of high. Then the Silicon Valley exploded, housing was scarce and prices soared. Now, it has imploded, there is tons of housing on the market, and prices are dropping--though we are still in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. There are several houses for sale currently. If you are interested in growing community within an existing neighborhood, drop me a line. If you want to be notified about houses in the future, let me know that, too. Note that I will be leaving on a vacation next Friday and will be out of contact for about a month. -- Sanda and Brian Everette http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda San Mateo Cooperative Community http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda/smcc.htm Toward a sustainable lifestyle: grow some of your own food and/or know the gardener who is growing it. ------------------------- AND FROM 2002 Re: RE: RetroFit Cohousing From: Sanda Everette (sandacohousing.org) Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 09:13:01 -0600 (MDT) I thought I should perhaps pipe up on this thread. San Mateo retrofit cohousing is continuing to grow with some delays and crises. We have been promised the building next door for a couple of years....and again for this summer. Hopefully this time it will really happen. We are actively seeking coowners for that building. At this point, everyone in our first building is a renter except my husband and myself. That creates its own set of problems. There has been some work on retrofitting the structure and lots on reetrofitting the social relations. We have community meal and meeting weekly and lots of informal meal sharing and social gathering. We have incredible organic gardens, a focus of the community, and I eat most of my produce from it. I have been frustrated that some folks do not seem as committed as others. It was good reading Rob Sandelin's description in the thread on time expectations. > In cohousing and many other communities for that matter the most common > pattern looked like this: > about 1/4th of the membership was most active > about 1/4th was least active > about 1/2 varied from active to inactive. It seems that way here, too and I working on being less upset about it so I can stop making myself unhappy and unsuccessfully guilt tripping others. The group convined me about a year ago to let go of hourly expectations and just let things flow. We started monthly work parties in April and that has been good. The difficulty is that since we are such a small group, all the work does not always get done....and that is hard in a garden. We are 14 adults currently in five apartments (12 bedrooms)and when we get the second building, we will have 20 bedrooms in 8 apartments....with some space devoted to common space. There are lots of photos on line, particularly in Yahoo scrapbooks. Enough for now. I just wanted to let you know that I am still out here. opportunities in San Mateo From: Sanda Everette (sandacohousing.org) Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 22:50:01 -0600 (MDT) There probably are not folks out there looking for retrofit community in San Mateo (San Francisco bay area) or I probably would have already heard from you. Just in case there are, this is my current posting on Craigslist. You can also check out our website. http://www.craigslist.org/sfo/pen/rfs/4700043.html -- Sanda and Brian Everette http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda San Mateo Cooperative Community http://www.wordrunner.com/sanda/smcc.htm Toward a sustainable lifestyle: grow some of your own food and/or know the gardener who does ------------------------- Summary Now ------------------------- SHORTLY after that we got our own domain and my website can be found at http://www.greensolutions.org/smcc.htm We also started identifying as a mini Ecovillage rather than Cohousing. It looks like I stopped posting on Cohousing-l So we definitely have a retrofit community here but it did not take the form of cohousing as we hoped. We had hoped to have a community with at least half owners but the mortgage market tightening up and people's concerns about being on shared mortgages Limited that possibility. Over the years we have three sales. Of those 3, we had to buy the people back out because it just didn't work out. The third owner is still an owner but he no longer lives here and rents his apartment out to somebody else in the community. We did eventually get that second building about seven years after the first one. We are now 19 adults and three children in eight apartments with a total of 20 bedrooms. We have extensive organic gardens have planted about 30 fruit trees and last year put in an aquaponics system. We continue to want to be a model for more sustainable living in a suburban setting. I'm still dealing with my frustration of people not doing the work around here that they say they will and of my making myself upset about it. I guess that part has not changed. It is time to get up and go out to our scheduled garden party I must admit I'm not too hopeful about too many people showing up. I know we will have a community dinner tonight as we do on a weekly basis. You can read more about what we doing on our always somewhat out of date webpages with links to lots of photos in Picasa albums Sanda San Mateo Ecovillage http://www.greensolutions.org/smcc.htm http://www.greensolutions.org/RawHoney
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