Re: Reluctant Cohousers
From: Jerry McIntire (
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:08:29 -0800 (PST)
I would say that the last two are the only ones that are not deal breakers.
I think co housing is a social and cooperative choice first and foremost.
Look for people who want to make decisions together.
Co housing is more affordable only if you take advantage of the common
house and build a smaller house.
Renting nearby is a good choice if you must move before construction.
We have encountered the same challenges. I'll continue to talk with people
who have the last two objections, but not the others.


On Dec 24, 2014 7:03 AM, "Maggie Dutton" <maggiedutton [at]> wrote:
> We are part of a core group called Aldermuir, with an option on 20 acres
> Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.
> We find when talking to people that a number of objections (sometimes
> misconceptions) to living in cohousing come up over and over.
> It would be great to hear from folks now living in a cohousing community
> who had some of these concerns but went ahead.  Perhaps your spouse was
> one that was keen and you went along.
> Stories of how it worked out for you after moving in would be so great to
> help us overcome some of these objections.
> Objections like:
>    - ·       I like my privacy too much
>    - ·       Strata Horror Stories
>    - ·       Concerned about getting along with so many people
>    - ·       Don’t like anyone telling me what to do
>    - ·       Like lots of space around my place
>    - ·       Could not stand having that many people around
>    - ·       How affordable can it be when you have to pay a share of the
>    common house too
>    - ·       We need to move sooner than spring 2017
> Perhaps the last two are deal breakers.  Any sharing of experiences will
> a big help as we talk to people about cohousing.
> Maggie Dutton.
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