I got a chance to go on my cohousing site today and take a bunch of pics for marketing purposes. I can't believe we're just a few short weeks/months away from move in. I love being on site, so I will inflict the love on you, too:
The driveway into the community goes up and around the outside of the clustered houses. (The parking is all on the outside, too). This preserves the area between the houses as safe walking/running/playing/biking/etc. space. There's a paved path up the middle of the community but it is for emergency vehicle access only. The homes in phase 1 are nearly done! Hardwood floors are done (and protected by cardboard as shown here in the model unit), cabinets are mostly installed, tile floors laid in bathrooms and kitchen, paint and trim nearly complete. It nearly looks like a house! **SQUEE** The EcoVillage consists of two neighborhoods, Mosaic Commons and Camelot Cohousing . Each neighborhood has a "common house" -- sort of a clubhouse, with a big dining room for community meals a few times a week, play room for the kids, exercise room, music room, TV room, etc. This one is Camelot's...nearly done because they are in Phase 1.
This is a phase 3 unit so not as far along. But check out the kitchen cabinets. Those are locally grown, milled and build unfinished white pine from Young Furniture. These are nice, study cabinets that also happen to be local, environmentally friendly and low-toxicity. Plus since they are unfinished, we can each choose a finish color to our own tastes.
This is the Mosaic Commons common house. Not so far long...eventually those beams will be an actual ceiling. I love how bright and homey it is, though. This is the dining room, which looks out over the courtyard, play area and green. (the "green" is currently Standard Construction Site Brown, of course)
This is the unit I'm jonesing for. We chose a 3BR unit because that's what our family budget allows but I'd love this 4BR home...plus walkout basement! OMG lust!
The community is in Berlin, MA. You've never even heard of Berlin, MA, right? (BTW, that's pronounced BURR-lin, to rhyme with Merlin, not like the city in Germany) It's a classic tiny New England town of about 2500 that still has agriculture as a substantial part of its economy. What I love is that I get to live in a rural area but still be 45 minutes from Boston and 20 minutes for Worcester. This is Sawyerhill Rd, after which our community is named.