Price: the Value of a Lifestyle
Comparing the price of a cohousing home to that of a conventional townhome is comparing apples to oranges. First, Cohousing homes also include a lot more shared land and indoor space than do conventional townhomes. Residents of Ravens’ Roost enjoy:
– 6.2 acres of land, including landscaped areas, gardens, a play field, and some wooded areas;
– A 3800 square foot Common House, including large kitchen and dining area, living room / library, little kids’ play area, teen room, two guest rooms, optional laundry room (laundry hookups also available in each home);
– Large patio on south side of Common House, with BBQ grills, pop-up tents, and tables/chairs; adjacent grass play field, including kids’ play structure;
– A 1440 square foot building with a workshop / wood shop equipped with power saws and all kinds of tools, drills, paints / coatings, etc. (much donated as people moved in); and a separate clean room for sewing, quilting, crafts, and fitness (currently weights and a rowing machine);
– Many raised garden beds on south side, both shared and private, with moose protection;
– Garden / landscaping shed with a lot of shared tools; and compost area;
– Plans for an orchard, root cellar, and more.
People move into cohousing in order to have more choices in how they live. They want to have both the choice to connect with others AND the choice of privacy in their own home. Parents want those choices for their kids as well, instead of having to drive across town for play dates.
For how we’ve dealt with Covid, see Frequently Asked Questions.
When there is no pandemic, cohousing offers as rich of a social life as you want to create for yourself, or as much privacy as you desire. Cohousing is sometimes called Summer Camp for All Ages. We have optional shared dinners 2 – 3 nights/week, movie nights, game nights, book clubs, and occasional slideshows or live music in the Common House. Because our homes are only steps away, it’s easy to go home if we like, and come back if we like.
From dance parties to hikes, fire pit chats to ping pong, Run for Women teams to salmon fishing on the Kenai, there’s always something fun happening. One neighbor even takes others sailing on Resurrection Bay or in Prince William Sound!
Once moved in, residents save money on utilities (the need for heat is reduced with shared walls, and multiple homes share efficient boilers), child care (when parents watch both their kids and others’ kids), food (when bought in bulk for common meals), entertainment, transportation (it’s easier to carpool, take the bus or bike, and you can walk to the grocery store), etc. Money is also saved by sharing equipment such as snow blowers, lawn mowers, workshop tools and saws, sewing machines, etc. Sharing skills such as cooking, gardening, salmon fishing, bike or car repair, canning vegetables, learning a musical instrument or a foreign language, bee-keeping, or brewing beer can save money and be a lot of fun.
Other intangible benefits include:
– The many car-free areas offer safe places for kids to play;
– Kids sometimes have other kids to play with (if the ages are close enough — we’d like more kids here!)
– Every household can take part in decision-making if they choose, at either the whole-community (HOA) level, or at a more detailed level (delegated to teams). Our consensus process assures that all voices are heard, which usually results in the most eloquent solutions because good ideas are less likely to be missed.
The Neighbors are Priceless!
- They’re willing to lend a hand: When two residents had hip surgery, neighbors helped drive them to appointments, get groceries, etc., yet there’s no obligation. During COVID, we agreed that if anyone got the virus, available neighbors would deliver requested groceries / items to the person’s front door and keep in touch over the phone.
- It’s relatively easy to find someone to pet sit when you go out of town.
- Neighbors have all kinds of skills & knowledge and are willing to share their abilities.
- Security and personal safety are greater because we all know who belongs here, and we watch out for each other. Most homes face each other.
- The true sense of community here is a rare thing.
Only one home is for sale right now. For details, see Description of Home for Sale.
Price of all you get with 9061 Nuthatch Place, Unit F:
You could consider the price of the private townhome, yard, & garage to be about $350,000;
and the townhome’s share of the price of 6.2 acres, 5,240 sq ft of indoor
common areas, and the cost to create this unique neighborhood to be about $100,000
Approximate Total: about $450,000.
This townhome first sold in 2016 for $472,000. Owner now asking $449,000.
One of our team members, an accountant, has offered to sit down with seriously interested people to help pencil out how it may be possible to afford to live in Ravens’ Roost Cohousing.
Please familiarize yourself with the rest of this website, especially the “What is Cohousing?” page before requesting a tour of this home. The tour guides are residents who are volunteering their time.
Call 907-399-2051 to learn more, ask questions, or request a tour.
All 1, 2, and 4 bedroom homes are currently occupied. Call the above phone number to add yourself to our waiting list.