Senior Cohousing May Be the Next Real-Estate Trend

“Once a relative novelty, communal living facilities continue to increase in popularity — and they could become a key part of the way developers and cities accommodate an aging population.

Developments in urban areas would allow aging people to be less reliant on cars. The units are much easier to maintain than large single-family homes. And cohousing allows them to remain socially active and engaged with the community. Meanwhile, there’s the very practical benefit of knowing that there are people close by in case of a medical emergency.”

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International Day of Older Persons

“Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However, discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Beginning in 1980, the United Nations designated October 1st as the International Day of Older Persons. This month’s declaration acts as a reminder that we must address housing for this burgeoning population over age 60, expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.

Senior cohousing offers sustainable, economical and socially-beneficial opportunities to house our growing elder population. You can learn more about senior cohousing and contact us if you are interested in beginning the process in your community here.

Learn more about the International Day of Older Persons on the UN’s website.

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Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Charles Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects explains the intrinsic, cost-saving qualities of cohousing. In being purpose-driven to reduce their own individual impacts on the world’s resources, cohousing residents see savings in their utility bills, transportation budgets and various other, even non-monetary areas. Through a myriad of strategies and affordability tools, cohousing offers an increasingly appealing alternative to our post-recession housing world.

Read the article at Fellowship for Intentional Community.

“Eccentric’s Corner: The Modern Homemaker” – Psychology Today

Katie McCamant, CoHousing Partners founder and cofounder of McCamant & Durrett Architects explains that although there is no particular cohousing “type,” community members thrive as effective communicators. Accessibility to neighbors and friends through proximity helps foster “people friendly environments,” now more important than ever in our modern day increasingly isolated societies.

Read the article at Psychology Today.

“Energy Efficiency in Cohousing” – Communities Magazine

Architect Charles Durrett says, when it comes to energy use “show me the bills.” Yet, “when it comes to sustainability, show me the community.” Cohousing communities have found innovative ways to cut costs, remembering that ultimately performance drives successful cohousing, not particular product labels.

Read the article in Communities Magazine.

“Shared Meals and Lives” New York Times

Faced with the usual options for senior housing and elder care, some older adults are inventing their own grassroots versions – do-it-yourself senior living that’s friendlier, more autonomous and less expensive.

Read the article in the New York Times.

“Creating a Tight-Knit Community” – The Union

Being part of a co-housing project is demanding under the best of circumstances.

Would-be residents aren’t just buying a home — they meet regularly and at length, working out the details of their community, and become well- acquainted neighbors in the process.

But for the prospective residents of Wolf Creek Lodge, a 30-unit senior co-housing project under construction on Freeman Lane, the downturn in the economy meant being stranded without financing for the last two years.

“The project was agreed to by the banks, but at the last minute they pulled the funding,” said prospective resident Dick Shannon.

“We didn’t think it would take two years, we always thought it would be next month,” said another member, Jacque Bromm.

Funding finally came through this fall, which Co-housing Partners President Kathryn McCamant attributed to the members’ dedication.

Read the article at The Union.

“To Your Left, A Better Way of Life?” – New York Times

VICKI SETZER and her cats inhabit a small ranch home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Visalia, Calif. Connie Baechler leases a split-level house in Smyrna, Ga., with her fiancé. Perfectly typical nesting arrangements, and yet something profound seemed to be missing.

So on a Saturday morning in the East Bay area of California, they and about 17 others boarded a rumbling white tour bus to try to find a mode of living better suited to the times.

Read article on New York Times

Nevada City Cohousing proves that cooperative living has its advantages – Alpine Green Living

“Cohousing” — a term coined by Charles Durrett, the Cohousing Nevada City architect and developer, is now in the Oxford Dictionary, having taken on a life of its own.

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“Seniors at Home in Cohousing” – USA Today

By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY

Annie Russell lives alone but not in solitude.

While she was laid up for almost nine months by an injured knee, neighbors checked in on her regularly. They brought her ice packs, fetched water and did her grocery shopping.

Twice a week year-round, everyone in Russell’s community is assured dinner with friends in the large common house of Silver Sage Village in Boulder, Colo. It’s a potluck of sorts. Residents can cook the meal together in a communal gourmet kitchen.

“If somebody just wants a place to live and doesn’t want to commune with their neighbors, this is not for them,” says Russell, 68.

Projects such as Silver Sage are called co-housing. European-inspired housing built around a common area and a social compact that all residents agree to, co-housing has existed on a small scale in the USA for years. Now, the concept is coming to senior housing, a trend supported by advocates who favor independent living for the old.

The oldest of 79 million Baby Boomers turn 63 this year, and they are “not interested in what their parents had in terms of assisted care, wasting away in a private house or nursing home,” says California architect Charles Durrett, author of The Senior Cohousing Handbook.

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