Sonora Cohousing

Tucson, Arizona, United States

  • Last updated: October 15, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Cohousing in urban Tucson AZ

Community Description

Sonora Cohousing is a neighborhood of 36 homes on 4.8 acres in urban Tucson, near the University of Arizona and downtown. Common facilities are of straw bale construction and include dining, kitchen, lounge, kids’ room, pool, laundry, craft room, guest room, and multipurpose room. The community garden includes organic produce, and poultry. Community is multi-generational with residents aged from 4 to 89.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1993
  • Start Living Together: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.sonoracohousing.com/
  • Contact Name: Sonora Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    501 E. Roger Rd
    Tucson, Arizona, 85705
    United States
  • Location

About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4.8 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 36
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 91
  • Child Members: 25
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    some private schools

Government

  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    a hybrid of formal consensus and supermajority voting

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $150
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    HOA dues paid monthly

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Protestant, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual

Keywords

solar, strawbale, urban infill