Re: retrofit cohousing
From: Patrice Crotty (
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:44:17 -0700 (PDT)
I am very interested.  Thank you!  Patrice 

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> On Oct 13, 2021, at 1:44 PM, Fern Selzer/US/CA/95003/NBC via Cohousing-L 
> <cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
> Patrice:This is not exactly what you asked but we purchased a townhouse 
> complex of 11 units because the design seemed compatible to cohousing.  There 
> are three buildings with 3-4 townhouses with shared walls in each building.  
> They are on three sides of a courtyard and on the third side is a single 
> family home which we converted to our common house.  Parking is in parking 
> lots outside our community living spaces.  There are problems because we had 
> a lot of maintenance to catch up on.  Also problems with getting a loan as 
> there are only a few banks that will loan to us and the interest rate is 
> higher than for single family homes.   On the other hand, we were able to 
> move in fairly quickly once we added more households to our group and got a 
> loan.  And the cost was a fraction of what it would have cost us to buy land 
> and  build our own homes.Many of us are people who would have not been able 
> to afford to get into cohousing otherwise.  If you are interested in more 
> details about how we did it and pitfalls to watch out for, get in touch.Fern 
> SelzerNew Brighton Cohousing
>> Will there be anyone talking about retrofitting into an existing
>> neighborhood as an approach to affordability, since the people living there
>> already own or rent their dwellings?
>> Thank you, Patrice
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