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Is Cohousing worth a look?

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Mexico.

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Is Cohousing worth a look?

Post Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:05 am

Want to live somewhere where you have both the advantages of a fully-appointed large communal house and your own private cottage? Where you have your own community of neighbors to share resources, expenses, skills and knowledge? Where you know your belongings and pets will be safe whether you take a trip to the supermarket or around the world? Where you know the people around you will help you out if you need it, where you can share home-cooked meals and socialize when you want to? Whether you're retired or about to be, or you're younger, but would like to have a solid home base, cohousing may be right for you.

Although the concept is not new, cohousing is a growing trend in the U.S., especially among the baby boomers as an alternative to living alone, isolated in a house or apartment, a gated retirementc ommunity, or a senior "facility". Several multi-generational and senior communities are up and running in the U.S. and Canada, and many more are in the making.

Among the many advantages are companionship, privacy, democratic self-governance and flexibilty to meet the changing needs of the community. No outside developer, manager or condo board sets the rules for you. YOU, as part of the group, determine the membership, design of the community, and how you want to manage your day-to-day living.

I believe this idea could work very well here in Mexico and at a much lower cost than a comparable community in the U.S., both in construction costs and daily expenses.

Here are a few links to some short introductory articles about cohousing.




If the idea interests you, please see my ad "Adult Cohousing in Guanajuato" listed on this forum under the sub-forum property for sale

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Re: Adult cohousing project in Guanajuato, Mexico

Post Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:23 pm

Update: Have received much interest in the project and it's moving forward! Certified engineers are slated to make an official appraisal of the existing buildings and land next week. This will provide the financial base for shareholder member costs. Building costs for the cottage/duplexes will depend upon what the group decides in terms of size, design and features, so no estimates so far. However, having built a house here, I can assure you that costs of building (not to mention daily living costs) are considerably less than comparable construction in the U.S. or Canada.

If you would like more information including more photos, diagrams, lists of existing features and proposed cottage features, sketches, etc., please contact me sisteregg @ yahoo.com. Thanks! Jan

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