Re: Inter-generational age-in-place co-housing communities - are there any out there?
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 03:47:54 -0700 (PDT)
Not sure I agree with this advice. At very least don't take it too
literally. Here at Mosaic Commons the hopeful owners of each unit type (5
types in total) got together to design the unit interiors. (With the
architect).  Only about half the units were sold at that point, so the
designs reflected the personal wishes of just a few households. As such,
the designs have some...quirks. (I ended up in a smaller unit than
originally planned, therefore I was not on the design team for my unit
type. And
though I love my home, there are some design choices that make me scratch
my head)

It took us 6 painful, expensive years after construction was complete to
sell all our units. That certainly wasn't primarily because of the unit
designs, to be sure, but absolutely do not take advice that suggests that
marketability is not an important concern


On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]>

> There is available construction technology — gypcrete floors, double-stud
> walls, etc — for minimizing the negatives of units sharing walls or
> floor/ceilings.  A little "expensive", perhaps, but not nearly as expensive
> as the single family stand-alone.  Or the duplex.
> My other piece of advice is ... Design and live in the thing YOU want, not
> the thing you imagine will be easy to sell to people you don't know.  You
> can safely presume that in most cases, there are others coming after you
> who are similar to you, and will be thrilled at a chance to buy your unit;
> you just have to have good system for finding them.
> Philip Dowds
> > On Sep 30, 2015, at 1:51 AM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > I remember this discussion from our site design process in 2000-2001. Our
> > civil engineering firm proposed one 4-plex of stacked flats - two on each
> > level, with all the other units being duplexes and stand-alones. No-one
> in
> > that initial group (about half of the ultimate set of homeowners) was
> > interested in living under or over someone, and it was said, probably
> > correctly, that they would be very hard to sell in our local market.
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