|Moving, affordability, outreach||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: johnrichmond50 (johnrichmond50hotmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 04:50:59 -0700 (PDT)|
I am exactly where Martha js regarding the affordability of cohousing units. I first learned about a housing 10 years ago and immediately dismissed it because I begin looking at the prices of units and I realized that I would probably never be able to afford them. I was looking at units costing $300,000 and above in the eastern US. It was only with a better paying job, ten years of saving and a group that held out the promise of lower cohousing costs that I felt like I could come back to the idea. As for parts of the country to move to, I personally wouldn't put much stock into whether a state is red or blue. These things change over time; Latino immigration into the southeast might make it a left-leaning bastion, or not. It is true that the South has more of a pathology around race and class than most other places. Every place has its moments. Richmond VA would surprise you; we are fairly tolerant, very creative, with lots of culture for everyone, and largely bikeable within 4-7 miles from the downtown area. Asheville and Charlottesville are two other examples of extraordinarily progressive islands in so-called purple states. I will admit to having given Vermont a long look because they're on track to have single-payer universal health care 2017, the cost of living is low, and they're close to Canada. In the end, demographic changes will overwhelm our efforts at cultural change and we may or may not like the direction of the overwhelming. On a related note, how does one attract people to a forming community? We're getting good people with our outreach efforts, but not enough of them. John Richmond Richmond VA Cohousing (forming) Sent from my Galaxy S®III -------- Original message -------- From: cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org Date: 08/07/2013 6:16 AM (GMT-05:00) To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 115, Issue 5 Message: 1 Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:55:17 -0700 (PDT) From: MJWB <mjwyogini [at] yahoo.com> Subject: [C-L]_ Looking to Rent, Rent to buy, or Owner Financing to Make a Dream come true! To: "cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Message-ID: <1375728917.5762.YahooMailNeo [at] web160405.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 Hello Everyone! ????? WE are Marsha and Jens Beesen. I decided to update my post with some other details: We really have to become flexible as to WHERE we will consider. I guess you could say everywhere except Arizona, the southeast, or the cold northern states... The most important thing is the Community. Most Cohousing communities are full of people who want to be there, some of whom have made it happen. There is no perfect place but I do believe that Cohousing people are trying to do it right. It's the cost that stops us....as always..... I don't think we could consider a price much above $200,000. Some of the prices of houses in Cohousing astound me. Only the upper classes can afford this. I believe as always, that Cohousing needs to be for everyone, and accessible to everyone. This is not the case right now. I know that Denmark has found a way to integrate rentals along with homeowners, and I don't see why it can't be done here in the U.S. ?? One thing is, why are so many the houses so big? This is not sustainable, in my humble opinion. We would be happy with an 800 sq. ft. house, or even less. I really believe that Cohousing needs to be taking up less space, smaller houses would help, and joined together would help too. Or maybe building UP! ?? Anyway, we are good people, we have a lot to offer in a Cohousing community, and we won't be able to rest until we are part of this dream we both have...... ?? Thank you and many blessings to all! Marsha ....
- Moving, affordability, outreach johnrichmond50, August 7 2013
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