Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cohousing?
Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own community. It attempts to overcome the alienation of modern subdivisions in which neighbors often do not know one another, and are unable to develop and nurture a sense of community. You can read more at www.cohousing.org.
Do I own my own unit?
Do I also own a share of the community?
Yes. Along with other households, members own an “undivided” share of all of the common space. The common spaces will be the hub of our community.
What will the common space be like?
Our plans include a Common House of about 3500 square feet of indoor common space to include a large kitchen and dining area plus a laundry room. Other amenities will include storage for bikes, canoes and kayaks, and other sports equipment; space to do crafts and hobbies; play room for children and teens; and a media room with a big-screen TV to enjoy sports, movies, and other entertainment together. Guest rooms will eliminate the need for guest rooms in individual units. Outside will include gardens, picnic areas, outdoor kitchen and dining, and play area for children.
What about parking?
While many of us are planning on reducing or eliminating use of a private vehicle, parking will be available on the perimeter of the property. Shared vehicles will be supported and encouraged.
Will I have privacy?
Yes! Members value their privacy as much as they value social contact. While shared amenities are central to cohousing, some believe privacy is respected more in cohousing communities than elsewhere. The common spaces are for playing, partying, and being together, while the individual unit is the place for retreat and privacy. The shared kitchen and dining area is not a statement that meals should be communal; rather, it is the notion that cooking and eating together can be an important and valuable way to prevent isolation and promote social interaction, as a route to an active, engaged and adventuresome life.
How much will it cost?
Typically, cohousing projects cost about the same as comparable condominium projects plus the shared cost of common facilities. Individual unit prices will be estimated during our design phase.Approximate estimates range from $360,000 to $650,000.
What is the difference between Adams Creek Cohousing and Gorge Cohousing?
Gorge Cohousing, LLC is the legal entity responsible for funding, designing and other aspects of developing the project. Every household who joins our community prior to the completion of the project does so as a member of Gorge Cohousing, LLC. Adams Creek Cohousing is the name of our project, and of our community. When we all move in, we will be moving in to Adams Creek Cohousing.
What about HOAs?
Our HOA fees have not yet been set, and will be established before sale. Every household has a vote in the homeowners association and decisions will be consensus-based.
How big are the units?
We have designed 4 different unit options, ranging in size from approximately 700 square feet (1 bedroom) to 1400 square feet (3 bedrooms). Your unit may not need guest bedrooms, as 2 guest suites will be available to reserve for visiting family and friends. Substantial common space will allow you ample room beyond your individual unit.
Are family and friends with children welcome to visit?
Yes, of course. We expect to provide guest suites in the common house for visiting friends and family.
Will I be able to take extended trips?
Yes. Typically others in the community will help keep an eye on your home while you are traveling.
Do I have to participate in community meals?
Attending meals is always optional, but you are encouraged to do so when you are able. We anticipate that participation in preparing and sharing community meals will be an important activity that will strengthen our community, increase opportunities for socialization, and reduce isolation. The frequency of our community meals is yet to be decided.
How do I know if I would like living in the Adams Creek Cohousing Community?
We encourage participation in our coffees, potlucks, and other social events advertised in our newsletter and on our website. Associate Members can also meet with their Buddies to ask questions, learn more about our project and can attend and participate in meetings.
Are there any cost savings associated with this style of living/community?
Yes there are!
Lower cost of maintenance than large single-family homes.
Sustainable building practices will likely reduce utility and other costs.
By combining resources, we expect the community will be able to afford energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and may include solar panels.
Consideration for the local climate, natural daylight, and optimizing solar orientation make for highly energy efficient buildings.
Less reliance on cars.
Studies show cohousing residents drive 25% less and own fewer vehicles.
May be able to have a shared car or one car rather than two.
Bicycle storage/parking provided – shared e-bikes are encouraged.
Located in town – walkable distance from many amenities.
Practical benefit of knowing that there are community members close by to share rides and help in case of an emergency.
Why should I get involved now when so much is undecided?
By getting involved early, you will have time to develop the ties that determine the characteristics that shape our community. We are creating a community, and then we’ll construct a building around it. Second, by getting involved early, you can participate in the design process and be a voice in advocating for a design that meets your needs and wants. Those groups who have completed their projects say that the design process is a key community-building exercise. Third, early members will be able to participate in the development of various policies that will shape our community life.
What responsibilities will I have in the community?
Our community will require each adult to join and participate on at least one work team or committee. As a self-governing and participatory community, involvement is a necessary component.
How much work is required during the development phase?
Ours will be a cooperative community that relies on its members to get things done, from performing routine maintenance to facilitating meetings. Members contribute approximately 10-20 hours per month during project development including attending meetings and workshops.
How much work is required after move-in?
We will rely on members to keep the community running smoothly. Residents in cohousing communities generally contribute approximately 5-10 hours per month in committees and organized work systems. Other tasks may not be as organized and can be accomplished via members’ individual and collective labors of love. We will strive to match work with talent, passions and abilities.