an article from down under

I think, it’s from Australia. It’s funny how they have to criticize those who want to live in a “box.” But it is accurate – if you are living in cohousing, you have to be open to many decisions being made as a group. Small decisions like what color to paint the steps, to big ones, like fixing the sinking floor under the Common House fridge – it could take a long time and many emails and meetings. I was surprised at my old cohousing that the fact that one woman asked for people not to walk in her backyard area after dark was questioned by a man. Really? That is a group decision also? Patience is key to community living.

But, if you want community and fun, there are other options. My sister just got a beach place and they have a fun committee that plans pickleball clinics and other activities. All the fun and none of the long, boring meetings!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-31/rural-landsharing-and-cohousing-australian-property-market/101457812

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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3 Responses to an article from down under

  1. Flower says:

    I think, it’s from Australia. It’s funny how they have to criticize those who want to live in a “box.”

    I noticed that too and it seems common in the articles about cohousing that they need to compare or criticize conventional neighborhoods as very less than. It seems like it’s a form of “othering”. If they are satisfied with living in that arrangement that is fine. I just don’t get the need to criticize a way of life that many people are fine with. There’s no perfect situation out there. Just live and let live is my attitude. The man said that he lost his job and couldn’t afford the area that he was living in and the woman said that she wasn’t taught to value homeownership. So the cohousing situation is their solution.

    I always desired a home. It may not be for everyone, but I do value being able to live in my home as it allows me to be creative, especially in how I designed my outdoor space and garden area and likewise how I tend to it. It really allows me to nurture my creative side in different capacities, so I’m fine with my so called “box”.

  2. Flower says:

    “I was surprised at my old cohousing that the fact that one woman asked for people not to walk in her backyard area after dark was questioned by a man. Really? That is a group decision also?”

    That seems crazy, since I was under the impression that the backyard area is more of a private space. I doubt I would have that kind of patience. I like fences for that reason. Good fences make good neighbors. I also chat with my neighbors when I’m out in the yard–some more than others. In fact I met some that lived down the next street as I talked to them about their Halloween decorations. Some of the best I’ve seen–the crypt keeper, a crypt, graveyard and fog. It was the best! They’re very creative people and I watched them work on it since the beginning of October.

  3. CJ says:

    So true – live and let live! And I love garden boxes! Cohousing like other condos and HOAs can have some rules that make it hard to decorate your own “box,” I probably would have just shrugged and dealt with the slow decision making but when an urgent issue came up and everyone wanted to pretend it wasn’t, I was out of there. At least to save my kids (it had to do with children and every week/month can make things urgent, esp. the younger they are).

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