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Living an intentional life

Original post made on Apr 4, 2013

On a small East Palo Alto street, just blocks from U.S. Highway 101, 15 people share three houses, a trailer, a diverse fruit and vegetable garden, meals and household tasks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 4, 2013, 9:22 AM

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Posted by Erick, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

I've visited a few cohousing neighborhoods in the bay area and they really are magical in the simplicity they foster in daily life.

Imagine walking into the common house, the heart of most cohousing neighborhoods, after a long day at the office and seeing familiar faces, having conversation over tea (or common house dinner) with a neighbor, and then helping a neighbor with groceries as you walk the pedestrian- and interaction-friendly path to your own house. Cohousing facilitates a proactive lifestyle: the choice to be independent, to have friends, and to balance life's physical and emotional priorities.

If this article is in any way appealing and if you'd like to learn more about cohousing, multigenerational and senior, check out the third edition of Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities, and the Senior Cohousing Handbook, both by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. It's a great read and I'm definitely glad a friend passed it on to me.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

> That support system ebbs and wanes every year as people move in and out of Greenwave.

I think this idea ... there should be many ways to create options like this for people ... but "ebbs" and "wanes" mean pretty much the same thing ... to reduce or get smaller ... done you mean either "waxes and wanes" or "ebbs and flows" ?


Posted by Sounds awesome, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Personally, I loved the experience of living in a college dorm. I f I were not married, and could find a similar project NOT in EPA, I would go for it.

In fact, maybe by the time I am an old widow, there will be plenty of Senior Cohousing Communities. I would love to part of such a thing.


Posted by Michelle, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

My family and I live in EPA and we enjoy the same multiculturalism and lack of pretension. Yes, there are undesirables and street smarts are required, but we're buying into a sense of community.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Places like Greenwave are exactly what Michelle mentions - community. While their way of life isn't for everyone, I've been there to visit friends who lived there in the past and it was great. I also interviewed there many moons ago, but decided that I needed to do something different.

I'm glad that The Weekly wrote this story. There really is diversity here in EPA and while this isn't as sensational as a crime story, it's important, in the long run. Intentional living can be challenging when it's beyond the nuclear family. Kudos to them for their careful planning, resulting in success. I wish them all the best.


Posted by PatZy, a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

The Mountain View Cohousing Community just broke ground last month and should be completed middle of next year, walking distance from downtown at 445 Calderon. It's bigger than Greenwave and everyone will own their own complete condo - plus shared facilities including exercise, crafts, and media rooms, a large dining/multi-purpose room, a workshop, roof terrace, guest rooms, raised beds for organic gardening, and 20 fruit trees. Four homes are still available (one 3BR, three 4BR). We, too, wish to create a sense of community where we know and care about neighbors. It is truly a better way to live than isolated in our suburbs. I barely know my neighbors after 15 years here - but my future cohousing neighbors I am getting to know very well indeed.


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