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Mosaic Commons

Last updated: January 21, 2016 (2 weeks ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mosaic Commons

(Berlin, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.mosaic-commons.org/
  • Contact Name: Mosaic Commons
  • Phone: 978-415-9666
  • Community Address:
    22 Village Ln
    Berlin, Massachusetts, 01503
    United States

Mission Statement:

cohousing

Community Description:

Mosaic Commons is a cohousing community sharing land with Camelot Cohousing in Berlin, Massachusetts. (Both communities together are “Sawyer Hill Ecovillage.”) Construction was completed in summer of 2009. As of the beginning of 2014, we have several income-restricted homes for sale. http://www.mosaic-commons.org/40b

Mosaic Commons includes 34 townhouses and flats, ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms in size.

Our guiding principles include a commitment to creating a supportive, diverse community; affordability; and environmental consciousness. Our homes are superinsulated, meet many LEED standards, and are built with as many low-toxicity sustainable materials as possible.

We’re committed to open, green space. Almost 30 acres of our land is preserved as conservation land. Clustered duplex and triplex buildings leave most of our remaining 35 acres as open space.

Our community includes ages ranging from 1 to 73; people of many spiritual and ethnic backgrounds; gay, straight and bisexual members; singles, couples and families.

Our Vision & Values
* A Vibrant, Dynamic and Sharing Community
* A Green, Lasting Community
* A Diverse and Inclusive Community
* A Community of Many Voices
* A Supportive and Healthy Community

Berlin is a small mostly rural town of about 2600 residents, conveniently located between Worcester and Boston.

About

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

Housing

  • Area: 65 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 34
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: jointly owned with Camelot Cohousing

    Mosaic has 34 units, attached as townhouse-style duplexes and triplexes

    34

Membership

  • Adult Members: 62
  • Child Members: 18
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact via email or phone.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We support any schooling choices parents make.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: participation at meetings and on teams

    home purchase

    homeowner assoc. fees

Sustainability Practices

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: large organic community garden, small herb garden, several individual gardens

    we try to offer many options to those with various eating restrictions

    nearly all common meals offer a vegetarian option

    smoking prohibited in community buildings

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

very small town, near-rural, but within the Boston metro area

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Sawyer Hill EcoVillage, Camelot Cohousing

Keywords

green, super-insulated, super-insulation, superinsulation, central massachusetts, affordable

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge