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Duuuuude.

If anything could make me move back to New England, this might be it. Ideally I think 29 homes is a bit bigger than what we're looking for, but - dude!

(Thanks to cortneyofeden for the link.)

Edit: found this place within 20 minutes of us! We must go investigate!

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cortneyofeden
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
There are some in your neck of the woods. :)

The one in Peterborough is especially interesting to me because I love the little town, ef2p's family has History there, and well...I think it'd be a great little town to raise kids in.

I actually could quite seriously consider moving into there, but I think I'm more interested in it for that aspect than ef2p is, interestingly enough.
stevensteven
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Do it. We miss you.
elnigma
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
There's some great "green" housing concepts possible in New England, but that one pinged me with a "hrm. be cautious". Seemed a bit too much like a "Condo", "planned living space", and "community association" set up. Those type of things can turn VERY ugly very fast.
elnigma
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
I've previously lived in an a condo townhouse and in houses with community associations. Don't recommend it.
jnanacandra
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely not a fan of that either; but what (theoretically!) distinguishes a cohousing community is that the community shares a general aesthetic and ideology, and your neighbors are actually your friends rather than random people that have happened to buy property near you.

I've found one near us that looks interesting - but in any case we'd want to get to know the community before buying in!
elnigma
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
This theory was what formed "Community associations", too.
Often the developer never lets go control of the condo after its been built, or quits getting money out of their development via management fees, and will do some pretty unethical things to those who try to oust them.
Sure it has a farm, but I think if you can't raise a chicken on YOUR property, its not all that "green", in Manchester you could easily do better. I could see the usual condo rules being applied, even - the ones like "no planting beyond 4 feet away from the house or fence" with the excuse when you want more vegetables that "there is a farm..." Are there severe rules about what you can build, the color of your door and other decoration, fencing?

Often condos won't let you see their rulebook until the day of sale, and will charge you money for them. If you get reluctance from the developer in this regard to at least let you read it over, that's a bad sign. Obviously if you find one you like, and the people who live there a long time like it, too, then all just might be well.
elnigma
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I have friends in Manchester, however in their own space and land who loves it. :> If you moved there, it'd be awesome!
fraterrisus
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
my partner catya is just finishing up design development with her cohousing community, Mosaic Commons.

cohousing is huge in massachusetts these days! there are lots of communities all over the place, and more across the rest of New England too.
blk
Apr. 25th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
What he said, but insert different name for partner.
ignusfaatus
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
wow. I wanna check out that sharingwood too!!
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