|Re: [C-L] July 8th East Bay Cohousing bus tour (San Francisco||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy Lightstone (judylmftcomcast.net)|
|Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 19:45:10 -0700 (PDT)|
>If you are interested in visiting Cohousing communities in the San >Francisco bay area July 8th bus tour, I just wanted to tell you that >there are still a few seats available. Take advantage of this unique >opportunity and come join us! What about intentional communities that are not quite cohousing, but still offer great promise in that area - such as Halcyon Commons? My family and I have found that, especially in Berkeley, where we all work and wanted to live without having to commute (I walk to work and Joel bicycles to work) - and where housing costs are beyond affordable without the additional cost of common lands and house, that more creativity was called for in the search for cooperative living environments. After many years of work, we have managed to create a cooperative 5-plex within a cooperative urban block. We sometimes share meals and celebrations with the people in our 5-plex, help each other with pet and child care, created a shared vegetable garden and bike shed, and are now working on creating a patio in the shared back yard together. It's not cohousing, but after 12 years of looking for cohousing in Berkeley and getting involved with failed effort after failed effort, we've found this to be a pleasant compromise. We've also worked hard on the block and neighborhood level. Halcyon Commons Park, which is in the center of our shared block, was built by neighbors to replace the parking lot that had been in the middle of the street. The neighborhood is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the park on September 24th. We also share quarterly community potlucks, an active neighborhood association that puts out a newsletter and coordinates a strong crime-watch and disaster preparedness program, community animal and child gatherings in the park, a weekly email newsletter, strong disaster preparedness, regular community park cleanups and plantings, etc. etc. Considering the lack of affordability for full out cohousing in Berkeley and San Francisco, I think many would be interested in at least being shown some of the variations and options we (Berkeleyans) have to offer. As for my little family and I, after all this we are finally going to take the plunge and move out of the Bay Area so we can afford to live in cohousing. But we are selling our townhouse in our cooperative 5-plex in our cooperative urban block, and are hoping to find communitarians to replaced us in deference to our neighbors who like to live this way. Anybody interested in more info about our place should contact me either by email, at judylmft [at] comcast.net or by phone at the number below. Peace, Judy Judy Lightstone 3038 D Halcyon Court Berkeley, CA 94705 510) 883-1255 ------------------------------ _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ End of Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 30, Issue 5 ******************************************
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