Affordable Adult Cohousing in Guanajuato, Mexico
- Community Forming
- Guanajuato, Gto.
Sharing and Caring in Mexico
Guanajuato Cohousing is forming a group of 12-16 adults, ages 30-70 (at time of application), whose members seek a sharing and caring bilingual, multi-cultural community whose aim is:
- to live comfortably and economically by sharing a fully-equipped communal house bordered by private cottage/duplexes for couples or individuals.
- to pledge our generosity and caring support to one another
- to provide a secure home base from which to explore and gain appreciation of the culture, customs and traditions of Mexico
- to live in harmony with the surrounding community of Guanajuato
We’re looking for emotionally-mature, dependable, considerate people who appreciate good food and wine, music and the arts, and stimulating conversation in a relaxed, low-key atmosphere; who would enjoy sharing their skills, knowledge, and experience for the benefit of our community; who have lively minds and a calm demeanor; who are active listeners, compassionate advisers, and respectful of the natural environment.
While there is no requirement to do so, members will be encouraged to reach out to the local community via any number of volunteer organizations and participate in inter-cultural activities.
Teens and adult children may be included in parent member households, with prior approval from all community members.
Prospective members, relatives (including children of any age) and friends of members, will be welcomed as visitors. Clear, written policies regarding visitors will be determined by the group.
We will be a pet-friendly. Clear, written policies regarding pets will be determined by the group.
The land, communal house, and garage with studio apartment, now under private ownership, will be legally deeded to a civil association which will include all members of the community. The 1/12 share member cost of all communal land and buildings is approx. $30K USD. The cottage/duplexes will be funded and built by members. Current proposed plans for 46m2 (500 sq. ft.) private dwellings are estimated to cost $25-30K USD per individual-sized duplex unit. Members will share site preparation and infrastructure costs (water, sewer, electricity) equally.
The 6550m2 of land is partially fenced, with extensive landscaping, vegetable/herb garden, flowers. Buildings have rainwater catchment and storage systems, UV filters in kitchen for clean drinking and cooking water, whole house gray water recovery and filtration system, U.S. code electric system with back-up gasoline generator , whole house voltage regulation, and broadband internet/ cell phone service.
Prospective members will be required to first live in Guanajuato independently for a minimum of six months to confirm whether Mexico, and Guanajuato in particular, are a good fit for them (or three months if they have already lived in Mexico), while participating in organizational meetings, facilitation and consensus training, communication/conflict resolution workshops, and cottage/duplex design planning. Once the core group (minimum of six fully-committed founders) is established and trained, the community organization details are firm, and payments are made to the building fund, the zoning/building permissions are easily acquired and construction of the cottage/duplexes and infrastructure can move forward quickly.
The communal house (3 bedroom/2 bath, large sala and dining room, large kitchen, laundry room, all fully-equipped, storage room, garage/workshop/studio apartment is located in a eucalyptus forest ecological zone on a mountain ridge overlooking the city on one side and the Presa Soledad (reservoir) on the other. There is ample land for building cottages in an eco-friendly cluster and leave plenty of room for gardens and the natural landscape. Twenty minutes to city center, 40 minutes to international airport (BJX), 50 minutes to large city (Leon).
Guanajuato is the state capital, a major university town, and Unesco World Heritage Site. The Festival Internacional Cervantino, hosted annually in October, is the largest international arts festival in Latin America. Guanajuato has a small, but active expat community, a full-time professional symphony orchestra, museums, a vibrant arts scene, good restaurants, beautiful theaters, and colonial architecture. The climate is moderate: high desert with warm days and cool nights. Visit this link for a general description and introduction to the city: https://internationalliving.com/countries/mexico/guanajuato-mexico/
For more photos and information, please reply through ic.org or e-mail [email protected] You can find us on Facebook under Guanajuato Cohousing Project. It’s a closed group, so you’ll be asked to answer a couple of preliminary questions before an admin. can approve your request to join. It’s really the best way to learn our history, get the most up-to-date progress reports, read ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS, and to discuss the project with other interested people. Thanks!