Casa Verde Commons

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: February 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 20, 2005

Mission Statement

Cohousing community

Community Description

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1997
  • Start Living Together: 2002
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.casaverde.us/
  • Contact Name: Casa Verde Commons
  • Community Address:
    1355 Lindenwood Grove
    Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80907
    United States
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 34
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    17 buildings, 34 residential units

Membership

  • Adult Members: 60
  • Child Members: 17
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact [email protected] and give contact information, approximate date of visit, and purpose of visit; wait for confirmation.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    must be a resident or unit owner

  • Additional Comments:

    Private, individual choice

    Primarily public schooled.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0.5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Everyone expected to be involved on community teams and community workdays.

    Community dues and HOA fees.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Common meals on Sundays and one week day

    Small community garden

    Primarily carnivorous, substantial number of vegetarians

    Tobacco not allowed in common house.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

1.5 miles from downtown.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US