Cohousing's Wide Reach
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 08:41:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all —

Here is a link to an article about a development in Falls Church, VA known as 
the Railroad Cottages.  It’s a “Pocket Neighborhood” — a type of development 
popularized by Ross Chapin.  In fact, in his book POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS, Chapin 
has a whole section on cohousing because cohousing fits his pocket neighborhood 
criteria of small, clustered development w/ common grounds.

In this article you will find many, many cohousing elements because as above, 
cohousing fits the pocket neighborhood definition but also because the 
architect for this development is Jack Wilbern of Butz-Wilbern Architects.  
Jack lives at Blueberry Hill Cohousing in Vienna, VA.  He was the person who 
put together the financing package for BBH when it was struggling to get off 
the group.

The Railroad Cottages are gorgeous.  I wish there were more photos of the 
development.  And I wish there were better photos of the interior of the home 
the article showcases. AND there is sticker shock  the  almost 1500s/f homes 
sell for $750,000-800,000.  In the hot real estate market like Falls Church, VA 
this seems “normal” (cough-cough).  Unlike most people posting in the COMMENTS 
section I didn’t immediately choke on the price as one of our homes at TVC 
recently sold for $640,000.  So much for affordability.  

Enjoy the article.  Love to hear your feedback on the COMMENTS as well.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

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