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Senior co-housing in Guanajuato

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CasaColibri
7/7/2017 01:14 EST

Hi, I've lived and worked in Guanajuato City 20 years, about to retire. Built a big house in the mountains overlooking the city (one-storey, wheelchair ramps and amenities), planning on having my parents live with me, but they passed away before the house was done. So I have a house and land. Looking for others who would be interested in creating a small (6-10 person) co-housing community here with the house being communal, building individual private cottages nearby. We take care of one another, share expenses and manage our own lives - hire people when we need to. If the idea interests you or you're just curious about co-housing, please google and read the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne P. Glass as an introduction to the concept. Co-housing as an alternative to gated retirement communities or assisted living facilities is gaining momentum in the U.S., especially among us boomers. It's worth a look. We could do this here and the cost would be much lower! Thanks for reading

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TWalker
3/30/2018 13:17 EST

This is a wonderful concept. I am surprised there havn't been more responses.

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CasaColibri
3/30/2018 18:22 EST

Thank you T Walker. This is an old thread. There has been quite a bit of interest. and the project is gaining momentum. See this link: specifically about GTO cohousing.

https://www.ic.org/advert/co-housing-project-in-mexico/

here's a good general intro to the concept of cohousing, if you're interested:

https://cohousing.org.uk/about/about-cohousing/

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KrisMorris
3/31/2018 09:04 EST

Hello,
I'm interested in learning more about your plans. How will the individual houses be paid for, and if by those who will live there, will they then own the home? How might compatibility of residents be determined? How might disagreement/disputes be settled? Will pets be allowed? There's so much I'd like to know your thoughts on...been thinking about this for quite some time.

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pfarkas
3/31/2018 11:15 EST

I’m very interested in learning more about this idea of yours.

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CasaColibri
3/31/2018 12:52 EST

Hi, PFarkas
I'm Jan from Guanajuato. You replied to an older, original post about the idea. For more specific info on GTO Cohousing, please follow this link to the Fellowship for Intentional Community:
https://www.ic.org/advert/co-housing-project-in-mexico/

And for a good general description of the concept of cohousing:

https://cohousing.org.uk/about/about-cohousing/

And here's one about the city of GTO:
https://internationalliving.com/countries/mexico/guanajuato-mexico/

After reading, you can contact me through the address on the FIC site or pm me from here. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about GTO, GTO Coho, or about me.

Thanks!

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CasaColibri
4/6/2018 00:23 EST

Hi, Chris
I sent you a pm 3/31. Did you get it?

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CasaColibri
4/6/2018 00:24 EST

Hi, Chris
I sent you a pm 3/31. Did you get it?

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CasaColibri
4/6/2018 00:26 EST

Oops! Sorry for the double post. I meant: KRIS, did you get my pm?

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Shellyclark2002
4/6/2018 07:41 EST

Casacolibri: I too have been interested in the idea of co-housing and have been to your website for further information. My concern is the need for a vehicle. That has always been a problem in my mind with housing being so far from town. It seems your area is not walkable nor good for biking. Has anyone else raised this concern and if so any suggestions. I do not want a car in Mexico with all the expenses and issues. Thanks so much.

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CasaColibri
4/6/2018 10:55 EST

Hi, Shelly
Yes, I understand that issue. There is a bus stop about 5 minuets walk. However, one of the advantages of cohousing with a group of people is that any given day probably someone will want to go grocery shopping or to the centro. Carpooling! Rather than a lot of individual cars, we may have a small run-about car, a pick-up, and a van. Should the time arrive when nobody wants to or can drive, we hire a driver.

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CasaColibri
4/6/2018 10:57 EST

Hahahaha! 5 "minuets! You can dance to the bus stop. I meant minutes, of course!

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