Re: Inter-generational age-in-place co-housing communities - are there any out there?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:50:09 -0700 (PDT)
> On Sep 30, 2015, at 2:55 AM, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]> wrote:
> 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.

I’ve had contractors who didn’t want to do what I wanted because they said the 
unit would be unsaleable — like take out the tub and put in a shower, take out 
the walls and make a loft, etc. I have no oven in the kitchen (I’m maybe 100 
feet from the brand new CH double ovens). And I know how to use a Dutch Oven.

And realistic studies of showers vs baths show that showers are (can be) 
environmentally better:

My demographic is the fastest growing the whole United States — single older 
women who like living alone. They don’t think about that. There would be dozens 
who would want my unit in cohousing and I would only need one.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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