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News - September 30, 2011

Group wins approval of co-housing project

by Daniel DeBolt

On Tuesday the City Council unanimously approved a 19-unit "co-housing" project at 445 Calderon Avenue, the culmination of a two-year labor of love by a group of Baby Boomers who want to live together in a communal environment.

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Posted by Kate Forrest, a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

I'm a member of the Mountain View Cohousing Community. Speaking not only for myself, but for all of us in the group, we have been very pleased by the helpful way the City staff members have worked with us and our architect, Chuck Durrett, to refine the design of our project and get approval. They helped us develop a solution to what seemed at times to be the insoluable problem of dealing with the historic house. Being able to have a caregiver suite there, while having the old farmhouse visible to the whole community, will be a win-win.

For readers who are curious about the Mountain View Cohousing Community, or about cohousing in general, you can visit our website at Our next introductory social will be on October 9 (see Calendar page), if you'd like to meet us and think about whether you might want to join our community.

Posted by Jillian Brooks, a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It's good to see so much thought and foresight going into a project. Getting the kinks out of the way early on will ensure a smooth project and eventually, a really stellar neighborhood. For all those folks who are young at heart and body, cohousing is a very viable option (and great for kids). Chuck Durrett and Katie McCamant also wrote a new edition of Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities that just came out this year. They're the foremost designers of cohousing in the United States.