Re: CoHo Condo Fees
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:45:12 -0700 (PDT)
HI Chris —Condo fees really depend on where you are located, what services you 
pay for, taxes, cost of insurance, repairs, maintenance, etc.  So while it’s 
fun comparing condo fees among us here on this list, the place to look is at 
condo fees in the area in which you are building.   Betcha  you can find this 
info via Communities Associations Institute.   I highly recommend joining this 

I pay $.37 s/f.   What this doesn’t tell you is that I live in a major 
metropolitan area, 1.5 blocks from a major transit line, in a city w/ all the 
amenities you could ever hope to experience in your many lifetimes (as well as 
all the downsides too!), in a home that has risen in value more than twice what 
I paid for it.  

Given the high cost of living around here in DC I consider my condo fee to be 
below the median fee.  And I consider it a gift in our crazy real estate market.

So comparing apples n’ apples is a good thing.  Look around in your area for 
condos of a similar size.  Many condos coming on line now bear a striking 
resemblance to cohousing with many common areas — not like the ol’ days when 
condos had as little common space as possible.

AND … I’d still love to know what other people pay in other parts of the 

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

On Mar 12, 2015, at 5:28 PM, Chris ScottHanson <cscotthanson [at]> 

> In central Canada we are finding condos to be approx. $,25 / sf per month. 
> Can$.    Therefore a 1000 sf unit fees run about $250 / month. 
> Be sure and leave enough for generous reserves.
> Chris ScottHanson
> (206) 601-7802
>> On Mar 12, 2015, at 2:14 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] 
>>> wrote:
>>> On Mar 11, 2015, at 10:12 AM, ROBERT BERNSTEIN <bbbrnstn [at]> 
>>> wrote:
>>> Wissahickon Village CoHousing is creating a financial model of the monthly 
>>> costs of owning a home in our community.  Can anyone provide guidelines for 
>>> estimating what our condo fees will be?
>> Property managers have formulas for such things. I would contact a property 
>> manager or management company in your area ask what an average condo fee is 
>> for a community your size in your area. The same size won't have the CH but 
>> that will be  offset with staff costs.
>> When we moved in our fees were so low that the management company that 
>> handled our finances said we needed to triple them. And we did. It took 
>> three years to raise them that high and more years to catch up.
>> Sharon
>> ----
>> Sharon Villines
>> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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