Sunday, December 18, 2005

Modern Nomads Intentional Community

This an article about the concept of applying Van Dwelling along with intentional community/cohousing lifestyle, along with property ownership and stewardship. Join the discussion in the comments section.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Wells said...

I like the concept but am not sure exactly what you have in mind. Would we buy a plot of land (say 10 acres) by pooling our money and then all have access to stay on it at different times. I know kathleen has something like that in Texas.

Bob

12/18/2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger Los Angeles Friends In Deed said...

Bob Wells said...
"I like the concept but am not sure exactly what you have in mind. Would we buy a plot of land (say 10 acres) by pooling our money and then all have access to stay on it at different times. I know kathleen has something like that in Texas."

Hi Bob. My concept is still in development. It is partially inspired out of my research in real estate speculation, homelessness, general housing issues, meeting people that live full time in a vehicle, and cooperative living and sharing.

I would like to know more about what Kathleen is doing in Texas.

What I am think, is that this could take on the form of a a kind of Intentional Community or some form of Cohousing style housing arrangment. However, I like the idea of incorporating RV or Van dwelling into the mix, and to have multiple properties, which are owned by the coop. I am think this would be allow for a place to live Full time, either in a condo, house or other permanent structure on the grounds and/or van dwelling space available year round, with hook ups to utilities. People would "rent" space" per se, or have "annual membership dues" per se. The people would buy in as owners, and would share in the the benefits of ownership.

I think it could be possible to make some space available for day, week, or monthly rent, like a HOA, but people could buy in as a member/owner instead doing a rental. It is kind of like Car sharing coop. Where we would all own all the cars, however, we could choose to use one as we needed one. And to add more power to the coop, the cars would be parked in many different locations around the USA. And in the case of Van Dwelling space/hookups or permanent buildings for housing, the member/owner would be able to use space at any location that was owned by the coop network.

Some people may prefer to live in permanent housing structure as their home. And they could do that, as in how condo's in coop's are bought. Except, if this individual or family needs to move to a different location, instead of selling their condo, which would be equilvent of selling their shares in the coop, they could find another suitable resident that is or may become avialable within the networks properties, and arrange to kind of swap, either termporary or permanently. The owner of that condo, may want to either move to a new condo, or sell their condo share in the coop/cohousing properties network. Or they may want to rent their share in the condo properties network to a renter, and maintain title to thier share in the properties.

The properties would be professionally managed and maintained, all share owners in the properties would get a single vote on decisions made in the coop, kind of like a "worker owned coop

The benefits included, shared ownership and access to multiple properties, and the benefits of being a real estate owner. The owners would also save money over renting, and have the stability of access. The owners would have democratic control of the dicisions made on the properties owned together.

There is potential for saving money on cost of management and upkeep, which lowers operating costs, compared to other commercial, for profit operations. And it is a tool of protection of real estate from being gobbled up by land speculators, and horded for high profits and the expense of people who want to live there.

These are some of the thoughts, that are in the development stages.

You have any comments?

Please share more info about what Kathleen is doing in Texas.

thanks.

12/19/2005 4:38 AM  

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