Re: Is Cohousing Cheap(er)?
From: oz (
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:46:44 -0800 (PST)
First, an appeal to authority: I co-authored a few articles on
affordability for the next issue of Communities magazine (alas, only one
was accepted). I've also visited about 30 communities.

The question "Is Cohousing Cheap(er)?" is similar to "Is a 2-door Car
Cheap(er)?" The short answer is "It Depends"

Cohousing homes I've visited have ranged in price from about $32K (an
unsubsidized, very small studio in a large converted house in a very remote
community) to about $850K (a custom, super deluxe, 4,000 sq ft home in a
pricey community in a pricey city).

I've ridden in 2-door cars that ranged in price from $135 (my first car,
bought in 1975 - which hardly ran) to about $125K (sports car owned by a
former colleague at Microsoft - wow did it RUN)

Please don't forget, whether something is affordable depends on the means
of the buyer... my $135 first car was just barely affordable to me - at the
age of 16. The cost of my colleague's $125K car was trivial to that


On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 4:41 AM, <rpdowds [at]> wrote:

> I don't think so. That is, there's not much reason why the cohousing
> lifestyle should cost substantially less than the conventional lifestyle.

-- clipped, which Fred would greatly prefer) --

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