Cohousing opens the door to a wealth of good times, great friends, and amazing new experiences as part of an intentional community. However, it’s a big step for any household to make, and prospective new members need to spend time getting to know us and better understanding the details of what we collectively envision for our new cohousing community!
- The first step is to look inward and learn more about cohousing in general, and Acorn Creek Community specifically, to see if you might be a good fit.
Questions to ask to see if this might be a good fit…
- Learn more about our Cohousing Community:
- Learn more about Cohousing: Educate yourself about cohousing!
- Read, for example, Creating Cohousing (Durrett and McCamant) and The Senior Cohousing Handbook (Durrett), both available at many libraries. The latter is the only book in English on this subject, and we consider it a must-read.
- Visit cohousing.org
- Read the New York Times article on Cohousing
- Read Time’s “Everyone Needs Someone Else: Why Americans of all ages are Coming Together in Intentional Communities“
- View Grace Kim’s TED Talk on Cohousing
- Assess your financial situation – Can you afford this step? Depending on several factors in the rezoning process, and the ultimate house you choose to build, Acorn Creek Community will likely cost members $340k-$450k. (NOTE: We are exploring implementing some Accessory Dwelling Units in our community in order to create some smaller homes that are more affordable. Zoning will allow them, but certainly at this point it is “to be determined.”)
- Talk to a realtor about the value of your current house if you have one.
- Talk to a mortgage broker/personal banker about your loan options. (Hint: use terminology of “house” rather than “cohousing.”
Hang Out With Us
We expect to use the Fall of 2021 through Spring and Summer 2022 to meet those who are interested in exploring more about what it means to be part of the Acorn Creek Community.
It’s really important to us to find time for explorers to get to know us, and us them. To this end, we’ll prioritize time for (safe) social times together, including some online sessions for those who aren’t local. We are pretty sure we’ll have 11 lots and maybe 12. So, given the core group of nine households, we are likely open to 2-3 additional member households in the community. With the current level of interest, it is likely that in 2022 we’ll find good mutual matches to our values and afterwards we will then be encouraging those who remain interested to consider being placed on a waiting list.