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|From: David Hornick (dhornicknycap.rr.com)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 04:16:22 -0700 (PDT)|
I'm looking for information regarding cohousing in the United States. The following list is extensive, but by no means exhaustive. Perhaps other listserve members could add to the list. Specifically, I'd like to see a listing of cohousing communities (in a spreadsheet if possible) that provides the following information: 1. Name of community, location, website, contact info and number of homes and total size of property at startup 2. Target group by age, ethnicity, philosophy 3. Size of units: average and range 4. Cost of units with breakdown of cost of land, architect fees, cost per square foot to build 5. Yearly taxes 6 Length of community's lifetime 7. Cost appreciation / depreciation of units since inception 8. Turnover rate per year per home 9. Demography - children under 13, teenagers, adults under age 65 and over age 65 and over age 85 10. Use of alternative energy 11. Creation / use of community garden 12. Common house size, cost (per homeowner and overall), utilization and specific components / functions implemented at start and continued or discontinued 13. Special characteristics of community 14. Outcomes: expected, unexpected, hoped for, realized, unrealized 15. Percentage of community's children who seek higher education 16. History of community with aging-in-place of older members 17. Policies regarding functional / cognitive decline / emotional health. 18 Policies and experiences regarding mutual self-help 19. Means of marketing of the community at time of development and subsequently. 20. Use of universal design principles to help assure compatibility of the homes over the lifespan of the resident. I wonder if lack of easy access to this information discourages participation in cohousing. While I agree that the economy plays an enormous role, it's not helpful to assume that it is the only factor at work here. If a prospective owner had answers to these (an other) questions, perhaps there would be less reservation about committing funds to become an associate of full member of a cohousing community.
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