You have decided you would like to live in artists cohousing! It’s an exciting new vision for your future and it’s happening right now. Yay! The beautiful homes will be built 2018 on a lovely property. When homes are ready to be built, they will be pre-sold. Each member will get to choose a home for themselves and their family before it’s built. The organic farming and arts community is a place to belong. It includes fresh wholesome food grown on the property, permaculture influenced sustainability, and friendly art-loving neighbors — people you get to know and come to care about. Plans are underway for art studios, art performance spaces, and gathering spaces and opportunities for businesses and additional income. Economic sustainability through commercial components are part of the plans.
Benefits of Membership:
- Your own home in an arts village in lovely Colorado — open space, gardens, a few blocks from grocery and all amenities: bus, bank, salon, library, recreation center, restaurants, pub, doctors offices, bike paths, schools — old town Lafayette is less than a mile away — a nice walk along shady treelined sidewalks.
- Neighbors who you know and interact with, become good friends with and share support of the arts.
- The group will create a community, a CSA farm, art studios, performance spaces, gathering spaces for art events, shared instruments, equipment, tools, skills, contacts.
- Shared spaces may include guest rooms in the common house, bicycle storage, kids play room, tools storage, workshop space, extra chairs and camping equipment and entertainment spaces for your family gatherings in the common house.
- Sharing saves time, gas, and money and is more fun: A community garden, media and internet, kids play dates, holiday events, car sharing and ride sharing, movie nights, playing music together and so many more.
- This is a new way of life for NOW and into the future. It is living on a big beautiful piece of land and in a community you belong it. Neighbors know, and help each other. When you have an emergency need, getting help right away is not a problem. What might you need or give? It might be a babysitter, help with a burst pipe, a ride to the ER? You greatly appreciate another’s help when you need it. And you may enjoy providing help to others in the ways that are easy for you. Outdoor chores that need to be done right away take much less effort when they are shared. It only takes 3 people to clear all the walks of snow — so on any given snow day at least 33 families don’t have to worry about it. If you trip and sprain your arm or fall down your neighbor is there, right there, to help. If you want to try a new kind of art, just say so. There is a space and friends who want to do it too. You don’t have to buy everything. Someone else is likely to have the equipment you can use. Parents or neighbors can hold craft, theatre and cookie making play-days to give parents a break or just to have fun with the kids. This is a community where friends check up on each other.
- Inspiration, as an artist, is there for you throughout the week. Connect with neighbors at meals or going from place to place or in other activities. Other people who love art to inspire you are right next door. Their work may inspire you. Their ideas and the environment of sharing. Some neighbors plan music events in the common house others hold workshops or open studios. They become your friends, and you share encouragement and collaborations, including sharing and expanding your art skills, awareness, art tools/materials/spaces and art experiences.
- Enjoy sharing a life with others that value: – awareness of reducing carbon footprints, – energy sustainability and – respect for the earth, – for animals, and – for people, – diversity, – learning new things, healthy aging and naturally occuring support for all life stages.
- Economic Sustainability: Having home businesses and art related businesses is permitted, organizing community art events, and shared studios potentially will provide income to the community to defray HOA fees and to help create jobs that benefit individuals.
Before it’s built, members are expected to attend workshops over the next 1 1/2 years to plan the community. It’s a commitment of time being on a small work team to move the project forward — economics, building, relationships and outreach. It’s a part of getting to know each other and, very importantly, it’s planning the community, the costs, and our governance and amenities.
If this community and these homes are perfect for you please attend the orientation at the property on the last Sunday of every month: 1331 Spruce Ave., Longmont, CO. For more information call: 303-317-4558 (Emilie) or go to www.bfcc.name for the developer’s contact information (Peter Spaulding Colorado Cohousing Development Company) and more site specific questions. Sign up to be on the mailing list: www.bfcc.name.