Re: Regarding Affordability in Cohousing
From: Nancy Csuti (
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:57:48 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for purposefully calling this out. Although I make considerably more 
than $75k I find Denver Boulder cohousing way out of my price range. I recently 
saw one in Denver for $375,000 and I won't even tell you the Boulder prices. 

I've wanted to be part of cohousing for years but as I watch prices go up and 
up its increasing clear to me that the diversity of background and income I 
expected to find is less and less realistic.  And I make a very good salary.  I 
don't know how young people with kids could possibly afford it. 

Nancy in CO. 

> On Aug 20, 2016, at 11:14, Angela Steiert <angie.steiert [at]> 
> wrote:
> I think it is safe to say that unless a community has subsidized a unit or
> gotten section 8 housing approval, that most co-housing communities prices
> put their members in a higher income bracket.  $230,000 & $250,000 is a lot
> of money.  Someone would have to make at least $75,000 a year to pay that
> mortgage and less than 15% of American's make that much money.  Therefore
> only the top 15% of American's  are able to participate in a cohousing
> community at those prices, which makes it a somewhat elitist entity.  I
> live in a cohousing community and I did not pay that much money, but I was
> quite shocked to see the majority of prices for communities when I was
> hoping to join one. I am a teacher, and I find it quite sad to think that
> most teacher's, unless they have two incomes in their homes, could not live
> in a cohousing community.  There is really no easy answer to this, as I
> have come to realize that most cohousing communities are private entities,
> and that cohousing is in limited quantity in the US which makes it more
> valuable. I do think we have to acknowledge the reality of cohousing in
> America.  So, there are places out there with more reasonable prices, but
> even those are probably too high for many Americans at the wages they
> currently make.
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