Re: Exterior modifications
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:34:47 -0800 (PST)
Hi Jerry and all!

There are pluses and minuses to every development model.  Lot development has 
its own downsides.  What’s wonderful about cohousing is that there are many 
many different models from which to choose.

For tight urban infill developments, lot development is not an option.  For 
example, Takoma Village is 43  households on 1.43 acres.  Eastern Village is 56 
households plus 11 units of commercial/residential units on 1/2 acre (.53 

Some folks like rural, some urban, some super urban and some suburban.  

Lots of choice for everyone.

And every one of these choices has pros and cons.  The important thing is to 
know what to expect regardless of what model you choose.   Hence, this list 
which is a valuable resource whether your forming,building or living in 

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA

On Feb 19, 2014, at 3:21 PM, Jerry McIntire <jerry.mcintire [at]> 

> Shameless plug disguised as a comment:
> This discussion makes me appreciate the lot development model of cohousing
> all the more. Each homeowner is responsible for their entire house in this
> model, which is what we'll be implementing in rural SW Wisconsin after we
> close on our property purchase next month!!!
> Jerry
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