|Re: Senior & MG Co-Housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:51:36 -0800 (PST)|
Rita Bullinger <ritabullinger [at] gmail.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest and restoring subject line. Digest subscribers, please delete most of quoted digest and restore subject line when replying. NOTE: Digest subscribers can make replying easier by using "auto folders" particularly Gmail and Outlook users. See http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q6.5 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Interesting discussion. I’ve only lived in CH now for less than two years and while I am in my early 60s I very much want more young families, young singles, and young people in general as my neighbors. I don’t understand, exactly, the allure of living with just elders. The few young people we have here at Germantown Commons, Nashville (25 households) add liveliness and energy to our community as a whole. Not that those of us in the 55-77 (our oldest member) age bracket also aren’t lively and interesting — we are! — but I never wanted to live in an old folks’ home. We have six out of 25 households with owners under 40. The rest of the homes are owned by people over 55. We’ve recently had turnover with a 55+ owner, an-under 40 owner, and a 25-year old couple moving out, replaced by two 55+ owners and a 30-ish couple moving in. We don’t have issues yet with noise caused by children as only two children reside here, one an infant and one almost two. Our two year old lives with his single mom and his great-uncle and auntie just down the way. GCN occupies just an acre in a very urban neighborhood with beautiful landscaping but a front lawn that’s not even half the size of a football field. We do live close to a large park. We also enjoy our members’ grandchildren who visit regularly — but not often enough for my liking. I love the age-range of the grandkids, too, from newly born twins to early 20s. Our four year old grandchild just celebrated his birthday in the common house and the screams and screeches of delight coming from him and his guests pleased me immensely. The party lasted two hours max! As far as serenity goes, there’s plenty of that here — except for the constant construction noise — word is 800 people move to Nashville every day. Our common house, though small, is often empty during the day and for those retired or semi-retired (about a dozen of us) daytime hours in our courtyard and common spaces often languish with very little activity, not counting the occasional UPS driver loping through with a package or workman coming to hang blinds or fix an appliance. Our young people mingle pretty well with the over 50 folk. One member wants to grow hops to brew beer and invited the community to a beer-making workshop where lots of tasting was part of the fun. Our common house was used recently for the mostly millenial-led Nashville Feminist Collective; an impressive 50 women and a few men of all ages gathered. My 27-year-old neighbor and I have started an Art & Politics group that meets twice-monthly in our common house to make art and send postcards to our representatives in Congress, or any elected official with whom we want to communicate our concerns, thanks, and requests. One of our members started a women’s group and we range in age from 27-71. I live below a young couple and their newborn. I do hear walking around upstairs, running of pipes, bedsprings creaking, but it is not a problem. If it is, I text them and ask to talk to them and we work it out. But so far after two years it has not been a problem at all. Our young people are reluctant to ask for help with childcare; we older folks have to ask to spend time with the babies! I know you will create the community you want and I support you in your journey. Here at GCN, I’d like to see more young people move in, and actively encourage those in our community who are selling their units to please consider younger, more diverse, and more male members (we have a preponderance of females in our 55+ population). The problem for us going forward is affordability. It is expensive to live in Nashville in general and Germantown in particular. Let us know what you decide to do. I look forward to reading about your progress. Rita Bullinger Germantown Commons Nashville, Tennessee
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