About Us - General Information
Who? Currently 27 households consisting of 47 adults and 15 children, including couples with children, singles with children, couples without children, singles without children, "empty nesters, " and retirees; ages from 1 to 81 years
What? 27 households, featuring Santa Fe style, energy efficient, clustered dwellings with common facilities and open space
Our Shared Mission
To create a cooperative neighborhood of diverse individuals sharing human resources within an ecologically responsible community setting.
First formal meeting: April, 1992
Land contract: August 1994
Site planning and design: Fall 1994 - 1995
Construction began: December 1995
Common house and first homes completed: October 1996
All units completed: May 1997
Where? 5.5 acre parcel of land, 8 blocks south of 19th Street on the east side of Illinois Street in Golden, Colorado
How? Intensive interaction and decision-making to guide design, choices of facilities, membership and marketing, and community management. Sharing of responsibility and financial commitment.
Cost? Cost estimates of final purchase prices were based on varying standard unit designs between 800 and 3000 sq. ft. with an average cost of $115/sq. ft. This price included common facilities and open space. However, the units have appreciated since original purchase, and their selling price has not been determined. Home Owners' Association dues range from about $75 to about $200/mo. depending on size of the unit, estimated maintenance costs and other factors. This covers the cost of lawn mowing, but does not cover all the costs of snow removal.
Openings? We do not have any openings at this time and do not know of any that will be available in the future. However, we realize that life circumstances can change at any moment. In the event of a unit coming up for sale, we maintain an interested buyers list. Some owner-occupied homes are shared with renters, who are called Associate Residents. At times we are looking for renters for these shared homes and maintain an interested renters list. We have agreed not to sell units for rental purposes.
What is expected of members? Members participate in consensus decisions and are expected to:
The Community is currently asking that members contribute a minimum of five hours of work per month in addition to general meetings and one team meeting. Members who cannot do so are asked to pay additional homeowners' dues of $10 per hour for hours not contributed.