Casa Colibri

Guanajuato, Mexico

  • Last updated: March 28, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: August 26, 2017

Mission Statement

Guanajuato Cohousing is forming a group whose members seek a sharing and caring bilingual, bi-cultural community, whose aim is:

to live comfortably and economically by sharing a fully-equipped communal house bordered by private cottage/duplexes .

to pledge their generous 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

Community Description

Small community of 12-16 adults ages 30-70, couples or singles. Located in an ecological zone eucalyptus forest on a ridge-top above the city of Guanajuato with view on one side of the city below, and a reservoir on the other. Communal house built on one level ready for easy conversion. Is currently 3 bedroom/2 bath with large living/dining, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry room, storage, garage/workshop with studio apartment above, several outside terraces, parking areas, fenced. All wheelchair accessible with ramps. Small central patio with fountain, covered with a Lexan dome. On-grid electricity, rain-water capture and grey water systems, LP gas, back-up gasoline generator. Ample land to build individual, private duplex cottages with private backyards near the communal house. Herb/flower gardens, extensive xeriscaping. 10 minute drive to supermarket and pharmacy, 20 minutes to town center. City bus stop 10 minute walk. Pets allowed within policies that will be established by the group. One difference from conventional cohousing: due to the rules governing land subdivision in an eco-zone, members will own ALL of the land and buildings including the cottages through a non-profit corporation. Members will own shares which can be sold (under conditions contractually outlined by the group) rather than their individual cottages. Costs of building and costs of living are considerably less than the U.S.

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.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2017
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Community Address:
    Camino a las Antenas 202 Loma de las ViƱas
    Guanajuato, cp36246
    Mexico
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About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 12
  • Planned Residence Types: duplex cottages, double size for couples
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    cottage duplexes,some designed for singles, others for couples depending on composition of the original group.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 100%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    To be established by original group

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
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • 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: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

While there is no requirement to do so, we encourage members to reach out to the local community via any number of volunteer organizations and participate in inter-cultural activities.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

Caring and Sharing in Mexico