Re: Is Cohousing Cheap(er)?
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:25:50 -0800 (PST)
OK, to refine the question:  Will you and your family live more cheaply in a 
development organized as cohousing, than you would in a similar housing unit in 
the same neighborhood, but not organized as cohousing?  My answer remains: You 
will live different, maybe even better, but don't expect cheaper.


I'll make one significant concession:  AAA reports the averaged annual cost of 
owning and operating a passenger vehicle is now in the $9K to  $11K range.  If 
cohousing maintains a shared vehicle or two, and access to that vehicle allows 
your family to drop from 3 cars to 2, or 2 cars to 1 -- or even 1 car to none 
-- now you're saving interesting money.  What I've seen so far in cohousing is 
that the legal and political hurdles are often high for a communally owned car 
-- but coho-ers are more likely than regular folk to find ways of privately 
sharing a vehicle and its costs among two or three households.

But you still can't share your healthcare or your daughter's four years at 

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On Dec 31, 2012, at 11:46 AM, oz <oz [at]> wrote:

> 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.
> ...

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