Re: Inter-generational age-in-place co-housing communities - are there any out there?
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:55:17 -0700 (PDT)
There is available construction technology — gypcrete floors, double-stud 
walls, etc — for minimizing the negatives of units sharing walls or 
floor/ceilings.  A little "expensive", perhaps, but not nearly as expensive as 
the single family stand-alone.  Or the duplex.

My other piece of advice is ... Design and live in the thing YOU want, not the 
thing you imagine will be easy to sell to people you don't know.  You can 
safely presume that in most cases, there are others coming after you who are 
similar to you, and will be thrilled at a chance to buy your unit; you just 
have to have good system for finding them.

Philip Dowds

> On Sep 30, 2015, at 1:51 AM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
> I remember this discussion from our site design process in 2000-2001. Our
> civil engineering firm proposed one 4-plex of stacked flats - two on each
> level, with all the other units being duplexes and stand-alones. No-one in
> that initial group (about half of the ultimate set of homeowners) was
> interested in living under or over someone, and it was said, probably
> correctly, that they would be very hard to sell in our local market.

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