Re: Unit selection before pricing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2020 16:30:27 -0800 (PST)
At Takoma Village in DC  where I’m neighbors w/ Sharon Villines, we followed 
the process Sharon described in her email.  But there was one step before the 
order of draw got underway.  The Design Team organized the draw process (In 
order of joining).  Before the draw they made sure every person w/ a disability 
was in line to get the unit that worked for them. I cannot remember every 
detail but It worked out perfectly.  One thing I remember is that although we 
were certainly concerned about our individual units the DT kept our focus on 
the overall project. 

As Sharon noted, we did have people leave so the next in line could keep the 
unit they had or opt for another one.  At the beginning of the draw I was # 12. 
 By the time we were ready to move in I was #4 and got the exact unit I wanted. 
 I would have been happy w/ any of the  other choices.  And, I’m grateful that 
in the end I got the unit I’ve lived in for 20 years.  

Twenty years.  

That’s a lot of dust bunnies …

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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but to make sure this one leaves.  (A meme on the ’net)

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> On Nov 15, 2020, at 5:21 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]> wrote:
>> On Nov 15, 2020, at 4:35 PM, Abe Ross <cohoyote [at]> wrote:
>> At Treehouse Ecohousing Village, in Nova Scotia, we are contemplating unit 
>> selection before final unit prices are arrived at.  I have reviewed most of 
>> the unit selection postings on Cohousing_L  and see that while there is 
>> anxiety beforehand about selection, it seems to be a non-issue when actual 
>> selection is made.  I also
> My guess is that there are never final prices when the first joiners choose 
> their units. But people want to know where they can plan to live since all 
> other questions will be still up in the air. It’s easier to invite new 
> members and push harder to sell the final units if you at least know which 
> unit you will have.
> Usually your contractor can give you a price range. And you have to have 
> prices and contracts to get a construction loan.
> The best plan I’ve experienced and heard of is having a queue based on the 
> order of joining. Then after everyone in order has chosen a unit, they can 
> exchange based on needs or druthers. If people drop out, everyone moves up in 
> the queue and has a higher position in the queue. That is the order of 
> choosing or passing on a unit that newly becomes available. 
> It is okay for people to have a pecking order when it is done transparently: 
> if everyone knows how it works and how the queue is established. People have 
> usually had discussions during the design phase about their own 
> needs/preferences and others respect those when possible. Leaving it all open 
> and up for grabs is rarely worth the anxiety when everyone is trying to be 
> fair and avoid looking grabby.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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