A property adjacent to Landels School has been secured by investors with the intent of building a unique co-housing community for seniors where meals and other chores would be shared by over a dozen households.
The one-acre property, located at 445 Calderon Ave., currently contains the remnants of an old orchard and the 1880s home of Anne Bakotich, a long time resident who died in 2007.
A first of its kind on the Peninsula, the proposal includes 20 condos on the one-acre lot and "extensive common facilities," said Architect Charles Durrett, who is working in partnership with local developer Wayne Aozasa on the project. A 4,000-square-foot common building could include "kids' rooms, a dining room, guest rooms, music rooms and workshops," Durrett said. The zoning allows up to 25 homes.
Architect Durrett will speak at Books Inc. on Thursday about the project at 7:30 p.m. He is known as a co-housing guru and author of books on the subject.
The homes would cost between $750,000 and $1.1 million for units between 1,400 and 2,000 square feet in size, according an e-mail from Sue Burwen posted on the project's online discussion group.
The development would be designed and paid for by the people who will live in it, Durrett said. More seniors are sought for the project, but so far a handful of seniors who already know each other have signed on, including David and Sue Burwen of Mountain View.
In a press release, Durrett says senior co-housing is "the best hope for seniors to both significantly enhance their quality of life (I haven't seen anybody have as much fun since the college dorms) and live much lighter on the planet at the same time. First big hurdle, get past the myth of the single family house."
The project will also have to get past the City Council. By a narrow margin, the City Council voted against buying the property in 2007, as many council members were interested in preserving the historic home. The whole property was for sale for $3.2 million at the time. Burwen said there is interest from someone who would buy the home and move it to a different location.
"I've seen a lot of developments where they did save the house and restore it as part of the development -- we need to look at that," said council member Jac Siegel in 2007, adding that "several of us feel strongly that way."
More information about the project can be found on yahoo groups at groups.yahoo.com/groups/mountainviewcohousing, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 650-965-9590.