Re: question about cohousing communities that have not made it
From: Mac Thomson (
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 05:54:07 -0700 (PDT)

Sorry about your inability to attract enough members. You might want to check 
out our community, Heartwood Cohousing. Located in rural southwest Colorado at 
7000 feet, I would guess that we have the best night skies of any cohousing 
community in the country, maybe the world.  :-)

We will also soon be adding 14 new homes in our Phase 2. Our website link is in 
my signature below. 

If you go to this page on our website, you’ll see a picture of the night sky in 
our cluster: 

In a couple of weeks I’ll be out in our hot tub enjoying the Perseid meteor 
shower.  :-)


Mac Thomson

Heartwood Cohousing
Phase 2 Project Manager


> On Jul 29, 2021, at 2:21 AM, David Oesper via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> During the past year and a half, I have gotten nowhere trying to find a group 
> of people interested in a cohousing community that is astronomy-friendly.
> Challenges we face are many.
> (1) Trying to build a core group when people are geographically dispersed, 
> often don’t know each other, and have had little or no opportunity to meet 
> each other in person
> (2) Trying to interest people in creating a cohousing community outside of a 
> city or town
> (3) Trying to start a cohousing community in the desert southwest (NM, AZ, 
> West TX)
> (4) Adding a (strictly voluntary) public astronomy education component to the 
> residential project 
> We have formed an LLC to purchase land for the project, and though we have 
> five members and a whopping $5K so far, only one couple (guess who?) is 
> interested in cohousing.  Another couple wants an RV home base, and one 
> single person would just like an occasional place to visit.
> I have been active in astronomy all my adult life, but as I enter my 
> semi-retirement years, I am considering just giving up on astronomy and 
> moving to the city.  Why?  Better medical care, and I'd love to live near a 
> symphony orchestra, chamber music, and faculty & student recitals.  But you’d 
> be unlikely to ever see the Milky Way, meteor showers, etc. from such a 
> place.  Alas, too much light pollution almost everywhere these days, and it’s 
> getting worse most places despite efforts to contain it.  Maybe it’s a lost 
> cause.
> Even putting astronomy and cohousing aside, how often do you find a rural 
> housing development that isn’t subdivided into parcels with the homes widely 
> dispersed?  If you’re going to live rurally (even just a little ways out of 
> town), wouldn’t it make more sense to have a cluster of homes with a shared 
> water supply, septic, etc. and most of the surrounding land left undeveloped?
> David Oesper
> Mirador Astronomy Village LLC
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