Re: Need information on Common House use
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:30:02 -0700 (PDT)
Oh and movie nights, where we make popcorn and watch old movies together.
 Sorry, my brain is slow but gets there in the end.
swans Market Cohousing
Oakland, CA

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> On Aug 26, 2020, at 1:19 PM, fergyb2 <fergyb2 [at]> wrote:
> Oh and I forgot the weekly yoga class.  It’s hard to keep track of the many 
> and various ways we use our common house.
>  Bonnie
> Swans Market Cohousing
> Oakland, CA
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>> On Aug 26, 2020, at 1:16 PM, fergyb2 <fergyb2 [at]> wrote:
>>    Pre Covid-19 our Common House was used daily.  We held common dinners 3 
>> times a week.  Several people used the space to work on Ph.D and volunteer 
>> projects during weekdays because they could spread out their materials on 
>> the large tables and for companionship.  Our HOA meetings and committee 
>> meetings (Of which there are many) were held  in the Common  House before we 
>> had to switch to zoom.  Community celebrations such as birthday parties, 
>> anniversaries, graduation parties, baby showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, 
>> music concerts, memorials, political meetings such as the league of women 
>> voters and candidate speaking nights, business meetings such as the small 
>> business association and various work groups, census leader meetings, etc. 
>> Christmas cookie decorating, pumpkin carving Halloween parties, New Years 
>> Tea (an annual tradition), community Thanksgiving potluck, Fourth of July 
>> party, cooking projects such as large scale cookie making or canning, Board 
>> Game potluck events.  Large puzzles put together over multiple days/nights, 
>> MahJong, CORE trainings (CORE stands for Communities of Oakland Respond to 
>> Emergencies the local version of CERT), annual Earthquake preparedness 
>> exercise, monthly massage day when a masseuse comes in and sets up in our 
>> common space and members can sign up to get a massage for cheaper than usual 
>> rates, and of course there is our well used laundry room, exercise room, 
>> guest bedroom for when family or friends come to visit, and Our workshop 
>> where numerous craft and work projects are conducted, also coffee roasting.  
>>       This doesn’t even count the daily use of the kids room which might not 
>> be relevant to your project. 
>> Hope this helps.  Best of luck.
>>  Bonnie Fergusson
>> Swans Market Cohousing
>> Oakland, CA
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>>>> On Aug 26, 2020, at 7:21 AM, Barbara Smith via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
>>>> [at]> wrote:
>>> I am with Middlesex Senior Co-housing, which hopes to build the region's 
>>> first senior co-housing development on property we've optioned in 
>>> Littleton, MA. Our plans are before the Littleton Planning Board and among 
>>> their questions is: why do we need a common house? (I know -- this does not 
>>> strictly relate to the zoning bylaw, but we're trying to reassure them in 
>>> as many ways as possible.) One member maintains that a Common House is 
>>> "never used". Before the next Planning Board meeting (in a few weeks) I 
>>> want to present results of a short survey of  co-housing communities' use 
>>> of their common house. Could anyone out there please help us out by 
>>> answering a few questions?
>>> 1. How often is your common house used -- on a daily, weekly or monthly 
>>> basis?
>>> 2. For what purposes do people use your common house? (As many uses as 
>>> possible!)
>>> Many thanks from all of us in Middlesex Senior Cohousing!Barbara B Smith 
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