Re: Getting started guide / FAQ?
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:35:42 -0800 (PST)
Hello Jean!

Congrats on beginning your group and your upcoming adventure!  You’re going to 
love it!

Have you read Creating Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrette?  
That’s “The Bible.”  Read it cover to cover.  

Have you checked out the CohoUS website?  Http://  Lots of 
good info there.

Check out the archives of this list serve — abundant material on organizing 
your community.

Plan to attend the upcoming national conference in Durham, NC this May.   ALL 
of you.  You’ll need a lot of bodies to cover the offerings at this conference.

Also read Chris ScottHasen’s Cohousing Handbook.  Cover to cover.  I’m sure all 
these books are available either through the author’s website or via Barnes & 
Noble or Amazon.

You may also wish to purchase a book and DVD produced by Mid Atlantic Cohousing 
targeted to developers looking to build cohousing.  It’s called:  Developing 
Sustainable  Neighborhoods for Today’s Housing Market.  Book and DVD:  $25.00 
including S&H.  You can get this through me.  Here’s link to Youtube for an 
overview of the DVD:    The video 
and book were originally written and filmed but Zev Paiss and Neshama Abrahams. 
 The book was lated edited and updated by Sharon Villines.  All three are 
contributors to this list serve.

One last word of advice:   start working w/ a cohousing professional as soon as 
possible.  You will save time, money and a whole lot of stressful, sleepless 
nights if you do so.  Right in MA you have one of the best professional 
cohousing teams available:  Krauss-Fitch architects:

Have fun, Jean!

And keep us apprised of your progress!

Best --

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

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> Hi,
> I have a small group of people in Massachusetts who are interested in
> creating a multi-gen, age-in-place co-housing community (on a lake!),
> ideally off-grid, large organic garden,etc.  but none of us have any idea
> where to start.  I was wondering if this list has ever compiled a getting
> started guide or has a web-site or book to recommend for us?
> I'm looking forward to learning from and contributing to this list!
> best,
> -jean-
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