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Co-housing
« on: August 18, 2002, 11:31:16 am »

Hi,

Has anyone heard of, or thought about the idea of
co-housing.  It is a group of people buying a piece
of land in common.  Then building something like
a community center with a kitchen where several
times a week group meals are offered.

Each family still has their individual houses but
the concept is to watch out for each other and share
duties.

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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2002, 12:11:49 pm »

I've heard of a gulch. Here is an FSP member's website  http://www.libertymls.com/gulch/  Is this sort of what you are talking about?
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2002, 02:11:40 pm »

This is the one of the main pages I found on
co-housing:

http://www.cohousing.org/

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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2002, 04:51:18 pm »

Elizabeth mentioned it in another thread. I thought it was a great idea, particularly since it would allow a group of families (10-40) to afford large amounts of property that individual families by themselves could not.

Most people seem to think cohousing = commune, but it's actually closer to a condo or housing association.
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2002, 05:01:42 pm »

This may be a good idea for the more social amongst us.

Personally, I don't want my neighbors that close to me or that involved in my life, land or facilities.  It is just a personal preference of course.
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2002, 10:48:59 am »

Yup, people do it all the time--townhouse associations.  Only this way we have liberty seekers all together.  I'm getting warm fuzzies. ;)
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2002, 09:36:44 pm »

That is actually a good idea then my wife would have good neighbors.  that we could hopefully trust and enjoy.  WIfe loves playing games and such.  And you could have a home built and not pay too much for good land. Greg
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2002, 08:11:06 am »

From my research, this is not necessarily a cheap way to get
housing.  They idea sounds interesting, but expensive.

You have to remember the cost of land and the cost of
common building, with upkeep.

Usually the first ppl develope several sets of common
house plans ... and design the common communitee center

This can be expensive, but interesting.

Look up Co-housing on line.

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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2002, 04:40:58 pm »

Yes the least expensive on i found was about 230,00 and price went up from that.  Greg
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2002, 04:43:33 pm »

I kind of like the idea,  and would like to see one form using
monolithic domes as the basis.

http://www.monolithicdome.com/

Check out what the domes look like and invision a close
need communitee of domes centered around a central
common dome.

I could do that.
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2002, 09:19:18 pm »

Something tells me that the local media would have a field day reporting about a bunch of outsiders moving into their state and living in domes. ;D ;D

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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2002, 04:48:41 am »

I actually lived in a community like the one you describe. There was about 20 of us. We lived on seperate but bordering properties about 30 miles from the nearest town, which was a small town at that. We hunted and ranched for meat, did some limited gardening and brokered deals in town for other staples which we shared. We also shared work on each others homes and land. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. We were all liberty minded Christians. If you can find a small group of people you care about who share your core values, the idea kicks ass. And it works. I just got restless and had to git. A number of the people are still there and a few of us have moved on but we still all get together once or twice a year. It's an amazing thing to be a part of and something that can be a real resource even if one leaves the community.
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2003, 10:10:16 am »

I actually lived in a community like the one you describe.
Holy cow! That's awesome. I don't know yet if I care for the whole commune, agricultural, hunter part of that, but living in a close community/commune thing would be awesome. Since you seem to be somewhat knowledgeable on the subject, do you know any good website for information on places like the one you talked about? especially ones with liberty minded Christians?
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2003, 01:55:02 pm »

I've heard of a gulch. Here is an FSP member's website  http://www.libertymls.com/gulch/  Is this sort of what you are talking about?

This site recommends these states:

"""Promising states in this regard include:

Arizona
Kentucky
Montana
West Virginia
Idaho
Wyoming
Tennessee """

Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming are also 3 of the FSP states, go figure.
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Re:Co-housing
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2003, 11:30:24 am »

I like the idea!  And here is another alternative building type that my husband and I plan on building in the free state.

http://www.earthship.org/

Check it out.
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