I always wonder what is the difference between cohousing and a condo, well one is that you may not be part of the decision making. I probably will run for the board at some point since most people just vacation at the beach and only a handful of us live here full time. For now, I enjoy not being in the room where it happens.
I wonder why more cohousing groups don’t just get a management company. Is discussing EVERYTHING the only way to form community? I know it is always an issue of balancing fun and work but there are lots of things a management company can’t do that you can still do with democracy – make the budget, community building, conflict management, etc.
I know where I now, they had a terrible management company before where lights were left broken in the parking area and an elevator flooded. They switched to a good company and everyone is much happier. Of course, I kinda wish the bad company had been around when I was buying to get a better deal but maybe I wouldn’t have bought if it looked too unkept anyhow.
At the other condo where I rented for a few months when I escaped cohousing, I was at a Halloween party and someone said, “that’s so and so. She is on the board”. It was like, look there – she’s the president. The awe. The amazement.
I thought maybe she needed the secret service! In a strange coincidence I had just sat by the bonfire where someone was dressed as a secret service agent and later I spoke to an actual retired secret service agent. The stories he told!
There is a new book out that is on my to read list. A woman tells her experience protecting others. Democratically run or by the board, luckily running an HOA does not require that degree of protection but it’s fun to hear their stories.