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September 7, 2020  Newsletter
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In This Issue

  • Things are hopping 
  • Our common house
  • Come visit - virtually or in person
  • Wildlife report
  • Recent Village Hearth stories you might have missed
  • About the homes for sale

A magical summer night at Village Hearth Cohousing.

Things Are Really Hopping

 
A few short months ago construction finished and we started moving in to our colorful Village Hearth Cohousing homes in Durham.  Most of our existing members are living in the community now and marveling that, even in the midst of  a pandemic, it is everything we dreamed of and more.

We still had a few available homes. The process of filling them slowed as we all reacted to the shock of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Then we were all so very busy with packing and moving and unpacking and transforming our houses into new homes.  But suddenly in the past few weeks, things are hopping!  We have been continuing our Zoom Meet & Greet sessions (to get an introduction to Village Hearth) and Nitty Gritty sessions (for those who want to learn more details about the process of joining), but we have now added in-person live tours of our property and the opportunity to meet (with social distance precautions) the wonderful inhabitants of our community.  Just since our last newsletter we've added six new Explorer households (Ally, Vic, Carol, Jane/Mike, Tom, Paul/Glenn) for a total of ten with multiple visitors. Three of them are moving forward toward purchasing a home and others are on the brink.  This means that marketing will be wrapping up soon.  The last openings may be claimed by the existing Explorers.  If you've been thinking about attending a Meet & Greet "someday when things calm down"... don't put it off, the September events could be the last before we convert to a Waiting List for resale units - which may not become available for many years!

We can't yet gather exactly as we would have in "Pre-COVID Times," but fortunately our outdoor spaces allow great opportunities for socially distanced get-togethers on porches and the common house patio.
Gathering on the patio at the Common House

A recent evening "soirée" with a visitor included sharing favorite poems and readings.

Beautiful words, readers, houses, and sky!

We enjoy the amazing changes to the sky as we sit out on our porches watching the day wind down.

We each have our own private space, but when we feel like being social - there is always somebody around.

Welcoming a visitor who is now in the process of joining the Village Hearth community, with Durham's frozen custard and ice cold drinks on a hot summer day.

Nancy stops by to visit, with her pup Josie.  Village Hearth has an abundance of dogs and cats.

Our Common House

One of the features that separates cohousing from traditional homes is the inclusion of the common house.  Each member household owns their own home, but also a share in the 2600 square foot common house.  Ours includes a large gourmet kitchen, a multi-purpose dining room, an office, laundry, an exercise room,  lounge/game/media room, and a sewing/craft room.

We are still looking forward to finalizing the furniture and equipment in the Common House, but we wanted to share these virtually staged photos to show you what it may look like.  The rooms and kitchen are actually there, but the furniture and accessories have been digitally added.

The bar allows people to sit and converse with the cooks without being in the way of their work.  The kitchen is integrated with the spacious dining room, which has a separate beverage station that is accessible without entering the kitchen.  At the far end, the cozy living room offers a separate social space.

Our kitchen has a magnificent six burner industrial stove, and plenty of counter and cabinet space.  It's been fun getting it stocked and equipped and ready to leap into action!

Our dining room has space for all of our members to eat together at regular common meals, once it is safe to do so.  The tables fold up so the space can be transformed for other uses as well.  We love the high ceilings and all the wonderful natural light!

This is the sitting room, with a gas fireplace that can be enjoyed from here or the dining room on the other side of the wall.  A great spot for relaxing, reading books from our shared library, playing games, or Movie Night.

Before the furniture!  This shot shows how the main rooms are connected - the cozy sitting room, the spacious dining room, and the wonderful kitchen with a spectator bar, as well as the door to the wing with smaller rooms (mail, crafts, exercise, office, laundry).  

Would you like to join us?

If seeing all these pictures is making you wish YOU were moving in too... it's not quite too late!  
 

Visit Virtually ...

 

Please join us for an online Meet & Greet via Zoom. You can socialize with some of our members, and we'll answer your questions about cohousing and Village Hearth. 

Upcoming Online Meet & Greet Events:
  • Wednesday, Sept 9, 6:00pm Eastern Time
  • Saturday,  September 19, 2:30pm Eastern Time
  • Tuesday, September 29, 6:00pm Eastern Time
To register, please write to VillageHearthCohousing@gmail.com and indicate which date you'd like to attend.  If these times don't work for you, contact Pat at VillageHearthCohousing@gmail.com or Margaret at 561-714-8009 to set up a personal meeting.
 
If you like what you see, you will be invited to follow up with a "Nitty Gritty" session to learn more.

This is such an exciting time to join Village Hearth Cohousing, while everything is built and ready to move into, but you can still be a part of the process of defining how our community will operate.  
 

        ...or In Person

 

We are welcoming visitors to tour the community and the available homes, by prior arrangement.  We follow all COVID-19 guidelines for real estate, so wearing a mask and observing social distancing are required for everyone's safety. 

Please contact Pat at VillageHearthCohousing@gmail.com or Margaret at 561-714-8009 for more information, or to make an appointment to visit Village Hearth. 

Wildlife Report

Preying Mantis

We continue to enjoy our wild neighbors. A Praying Mantis was spotted near the Common House. Little frogs are all over the place. Some of them are no more than a half-inch long.

A family of foxes inspired the name Red Fox Lane for the sidewalk between buildings one and two. Grey foxes have also been seen on the property.

On the other side of the campus, buildings six and seven are now called Hummingbird Alley. Barbara and Gail have feeders on their front porches which attract an air fleet of the bold birds. One in particular sits on the back of a chair on Barbara's porch and tries with maximum effort and minor success to chase all of the others away. Barbara named him Guido the Enforcer. They are beginning their migration so numbers are dwindling but they will be back next spring, in even greater numbers we hope. They are very entertaining to watch.

Hummingbird in flight - with a gardener in the background!


On a late night walk with her dog Gimli, Linda saw a doe and two fawns. Our baby rabbits are growing rapidly. Barbara saw a Monarch Butterfly feeding from a flower on her porch. They are on their Fall migration now. In the spring the migration spans three generations and one of them breeds in our area. Hopefully we will have started a pollinator garden by then, including some milkweed.

Village Hearth Cohousing’s Facebook Page

 
Have you seen our recent Facebook posts?  
  • Our Sunday Hiking Group's adventures in nearby parks and trails
  • Kayaking on the Eno River
  • Landscape Circle installing tree diapers (really!)
  • Listen to the night-time frog chorus.
  • Lightning Strikes!

You don't need a Facebook account to view our page:  www.facebook.com/villagehearthcohousing
About the homes for sale

- 2 BR / 1 BA;    989 sq ft   $375,000
- 2 BR / 2 BA; 1,157 sq ft   $409,000


- Single story / no-barrier entry
- Vaulted ceilings / skylight
- Accessible bathroom w/ roll-in shower
- Covered front porch
- Generous closets 
- City water / sewer
- Electric water heater / heat pump / central air
- 2 parking spaces per household
- HOA dues $357 / $413 per month includes: water / sewer / trash / recycling; cable / internet; pest and termite control.  Also ongoing maintenance of: Common House, grounds, exteriors and roofs of homes; parking, sidewalks; stormwater pond. Insurance of common areas including as-built home replacement. Minimum 30% Reserve Fund.
- Architecture by Charles Durrett, internationally known designer of cohousing communities
 
COMMUNITY

- Ages 55+ senior cohousing community
- 28 condos attached in quads
- 2605 sq ft Common House (co-owned by all Members)
  •  Kitchen, dining/meeting
  •  Sitting / game room
  •  Laundry, exercise, craft rooms
- 15 acres, approximately 10 acres are undeveloped 
- Electric car charging station
- 450 sq ft workshop
- Planned dog park, art studio, community garden
- Planned walking trails through our woods, meditation garden, chickens, beehives

- 15 minutes to downtown Durham, 9th Street, Duke University Medical Center
- 1 - 3 miles to grocery, pharmacy, gym, library, post office
- 4.5 miles to Duke Regional Hospital
- 1/4 mile to Mountains to Sea Trail along the Eno River
- 2 miles to West Point on the Eno park
- 3 miles to Penny's Bend Nature Preserve
- under 30 minutes to Raleigh International airport (RDU)
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