Cohousing is a clustering of 15 to 35 homes, designed to preserve privacy and allowing the residents to be part of a supportive community. The homes surround a common house used by the residents both as a community space for functions such as common meals and festive celebrations, as well as an extension of their home for a private gathering, meeting, or out of town guests.
Cohousing is ideal for families with children at home. Shared responsibilities gives ready access to help with the busy schedules of school, after-school, and work, as well as meal preparation, and child care. Close by is the support of adult interaction.
Cohousing is ideal for retiring Baby Boomers. Being an active member of a community in retirement years avoids the isolation of “aging in place” in an empty single family home. Down sizing living space is cost efficient.
Cohousing is ideal for those who seek available, reasonably priced homes, and who have much to offer and much to gain by living in a supportive and caring community.
Cohousing is ideal for all people concerned with protecting the environment. By employing new technology designed to reduce energy and water consumption, clustering units, and living in community, we can reduce our carbon footprint and live more lightly on the Earth.
Cohousing is member designed. Important design decisions are not left to a developer whose eye is on the bottom line, but are made by the people who will live on the property.
Cohousing is member managed. The rules of the community will be made and enforced by the community itself, not an HOA management company.
Cohousing members will develop a decision making process, whether decision making by consensus, or some other technique.
The Silver Tsunami
“America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. With the aging of the large baby-boom generation and increased longevity, the 50-and-over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030, to 132 million. In just 15 years, one in five people will be at least aged 65. ... The growth of the older adult populations provides vast opportunities to innovate in the areas of housing and supportive care.”
“Housing America’s Older Adults, Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population,” Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2014.
The Mendocino and Lake County population of residents age 60+ is expected to increase by 98% over the next 50 years!
CA Department of Finance, 2015
The Current Housing Market
Reasonably priced homes are scarce! The average cost of a home in Mendocino County is $297,500. The average cost of a home in Sonoma County is $519,500.
Home prices are on the rise!