Greek Village Cohousing

by Greek Village Cohousing
Category
Forming Communities
Location
Greece
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We are an international group creating the first authentic multigenerational cohousing community in Greece!  www.GreekVillageCohousing.com

Who we are: Multinational and experienced with cohousing and with living in Greece

We are a diverse, multigenerational, and multinational group.  A few of us have significant experience living in cohousing and can help lay a strong foundation.  A few others are Greek or have significant experience living in Greece, and they will be a great bridge to the wider community.  Still others are coming from all walks of life.

Where we are:  Property Acquisition Stage

We chose the gorgeous Peloponnesus penninsula because it has it all- picture postcard seaside village, snow capped mountain ranges, vineyards and olive groves, modern cities, and ancient ruins.  We have recently returned from a property search and found property beyond anything we could have imagined.  We are now in property negotiation stage and are traveling to Greece as a group on October to tour the land and visit beautiful villages for inspiration.  We plan to complete negotiation and be ready for a really fun design workshop series in roughly 3-5 months.  We recognize the bonds that the participatory design process creates among neighbors, and also we recognize the decades of Danish and U.S. experience and empirical data pointing to particular design and social features that ensure community longevity and success.

 

Our Vision:

Our community prioritizes traditional cohousing values and design as articulated in Charles Durret and Katie McCamant seminal book on Cohousing- design for connection and for sustainable living.  We envision our community within nature, close to the sea and mountains but relatively convenient to amenities.  Our community aesthetic will be traditional local stone mirroring nature and the nearby village architecture.  We plan generous common gardens and are currently considering a particular property with a mature vineyard, trails, olive grove, citrus grove, and farm for a farm-to-table cooking culture.  We plan for several weekly shared meals in our Common House and outdoor kitchen using fresh produce.

We are committed to property and spending choices supporting multiple generations- we wish our common land to provide a safe haven for children to play free of cars, we plan for a Common House with a generous study library for remote workers, and we seek to provide several residences and a Common House with ageing in place features.  If expenses then allow, we would like to include photovoltaic cells, water harvesting, and other features enabling us to live lightly on the land.  We envision generous shared outdoor spaces for an active life lived outdoors, and we look forward to community celebrations, music and folks dancing, swimming and kayaking, and hiking and exploring all that Greece has to offer.  We envision our multinational community as a bridge to integration with the wider Greek community.

 

Who we seek to join us:  Those who value community and want to relocate their primary residence to Greece.

Our home prices and floorplans will likely appeal primarily to those seeking strong community and middle income housing rather than those seeking high end luxury or low cost housing.  Our non-European members will utilize one of several permanent residency options: the “financially independent visa,” the investor visa, the remote worker or digital nomad visa, or the most popular and most frequently used property ownership visa, the Greek Golden Visa.  The later is Europe’s lowest cost permanent residency through property ownership program, providing permanent and all of its benefits for the entire family for a purchase of a property totaling €250,000 or more.  Europeans, especially Greeks, will also be able to buy less expensive smaller units roughly between €170,000 and €250,000.  Greek banks do not generally provide mortgages.

 

What to do if interested:

Visit our Website and read our FAQs page for more details: www.GreekVillageCohousing.com

Attend one of our Information Coffees on Friday: https://www.greekvillagecohousing.com/events

 

Email our Outreach Coordinator: [email protected]

 

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Greek-Village-Cohousing-100948052091127.