Re: Development budget (broad strokes)
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:48:32 -0800 (PST)
Hi Sharon!  Thanks for the reference to Mid Atlantic Cohousing’s handbook!  
Handbook and DVD for one low price of $25.00 including S&H. You can see a 
trailer for the DVD here:

MAC has about 10 sets in stock at this time.

Also comes w/ a set of Ginzu knives and Bamboo steamer.  Just kidding.   

Peter — you wrote in re: working w/ a developer:

>> and we're far from decided on what
>> developer we’ll work with.

From experience:  don’t wait too long to do this.  The sooner you start working 
w/ a professional the faster your community will be built w/ far fewer 
problems.  You will save money.  It’s never too soon to start.  You have some 
great choices right in the New England area.  

Best --

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

On Feb 5, 2015, at 12:28 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> 

>> On Feb 5, 2015, at 11:50 AM, Peter Goldstein <peterhansgoldstein [at] 
>>> wrote:
>> For purposes of member assessments, and communication with the governments
>> of our target towns, we'll need a little more detail on project budget. But
>> a truly detailed budget (which would depend on plenty of unknowable
>> variables) would be a developer project, and we're far from decided on what
>> developer we'll work with.
> There are several budgets in a publication put together by the Mid Atlantic 
> Cohousing association, The Developer's Guide to Cohousing.
> Contact Ann Zabaldo at zabaldo [at]
> On developers and budgets, advise from Gilda Iriarti who worked with 
> cohousing on budgets for many years your best source for a developer is to 
> talk to banks -- the person in charge of construction loans. They know who is 
> trustworthy, and who will bring the project in on time and within the budget.
> As with all discussions with banks -- you are asking them to finance a condo 
> -- not a weird place where people have to cook. Just discuss construction and 
> land unless they seem interested in cohousing. Don't try to sell something 
> they are unfamiliar with.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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