Austin Senior CoHousing

Austin, Texas, United States

  • Last updated: February 12, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: January 20, 2017

Mission Statement

Austin Senior CoHousing offers older independent Seniors of like mind and interests the opportunity to join forces, resolve our own social and financial issues, and maintain control of the inevitable challenges of aging as long as possible.

Community Description

Austin Senior CoHousing seeks to build, maintain and member-manage a village for aging-in-place of some 25 residents. Our challenge continues to be finding a suitable location near goods, services, healthcare and social opportunities needed by Seniors; but when that is secured, we will name our property. Core members are retired, but we seek couples and singles age 50 and over. Austin enjoys a robust economy and a plethora of continuing educational, social, and cultural opportunities. Our intent is to build small but stylish single family homes and generational homes incorporating universal design for aging-in-place and low maintenance materials. Homes will be available for purchase in the range of $200K to $300K per unit by member occupants; and perhaps for rent under the same guidelines as apply to members. Our design concept includes flex bedrooms which may be used by guests or staff and possibly guest quarters in the Common House. A monthly fee will cover use of common areas, exterior insurance, grounds and building maintenance, and other agreed common costs. On our wish list is contract employees who provide a concierge menu of services such as housekeeping, transportation, meals, fitness, social and cultural opportunities. Our intent is to live independently among companionable neighbors for as long as possible. Please feel free to request an update on our progress and or to visit further about our concept and goals if you are a prospective member.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2014
  • Start Living Together: 2019
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Hazel Gully
  • Phone: 512-698-8665
  • Mailing Address:
    18 Waterfall Dr
    Austin, Texas, 78738
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned number of residences: 25
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: members will have deeded ownership to homes with the membership co-owning common land and facilities

Membership

  • Adult Members: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact the current Manager

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Inquire; add your name/contact information to our list of interested members; attend an orientation meeting where the intent of the community, site selection, entry requirements, and services are discussed; disclosures of common services and costs are discussed; and financial documents are provided for review.

  • Additional Comments:

    Our group intends to forge a caring community where members can age-in-place as long as possible. Units may be sold within the guidelines and restrictions of the community with the Association of Owners having the option, but not the obligation to re-purchase. Senior CoHousing by definition is intended to benefit and serve the needs older residents. It is anticipated that levels of common services may increase along with the group’s agreement on need. Although our intent is a caring environment, residents are not responsible to provide or pay for care which is not an agreed common service. Should a resident require a higher level or personal assistance or healthcare than is defined or served by duly adopted rules and regulations of the HOA, the choice to relocate is a matter to be decided by them and/or their families as is the responsibility for hiring, managing, and paying for privately acquired services needed if they wish to remain in their home.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Recreational vehicles, 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), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    There is the expectation that those who choose aging-in-place are emotionally and physically healthy enough to live independently and that what they seek from the community is a healthy environment where healthcare practices, fitness, and exercise play roles in continuing healthy lifestyles.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Together with healthy lifestyles, we anticipate that music, continuing education, appreciation of the arts, and lively debate about the world at large will continue to be of interest to our neighbors. As friendships form around personal preferences, we anticipate smaller groups will pursue other mutual interests such as travel, theater, continuing adult education, hobbies, sports, etc.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), National CoHousing Association

Keywords

Seniors, sustainable, stylish, health conscious, companionship, cooperative living