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June 2020 Newsletter
One Bedroom Home Available!
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We are home!


The homes are complete, the common house is ready, and the grass has been planted (until we choose our full landscaping plan).  And best of all, we are moving in!  We certainly never imagined, when we joined Village Hearth as members, that we would move in during a Global Pandemic.  It has certainly added some unexpected twists, but it also makes us all the more thankful and excited to be joining a community of caring people.

So far, of our 28 households, eleven people are already living full time in their new homes, seven more members are working on some projects and final packing with plans to finish moving in the next few weeks, and the rest are wrapping things up at their previous homes before they can finalize their moves.  And we saved a home for you!  There are still a few houses available for purchase. 

Already the people who have known each other from meetings and workshops and Zoom calls have become friends and true neighbors, sharing supplies and tools, taking a break from unpacking to chat and relax, meeting each other's pets, and reveling in the fact that after years of planning it has finally all truly come together!  Turns out the people are every bit as colorful as the houses.
We began with weekly Happy Hours on Zoom, but now we are SO HAPPY that we have spontaneously introduced daily Happy Hours in real life.  Those who are still not living on site continue to meet on Zoom, and are delighted to get updates on the many projects and accomplishments.

 

The Common House, waiting for the patio tables and colorful umbrellas to arrive.  Our common house includes a large communal kitchen and dining room where our common meals will be held, a lounge area with a fireplace, an exercise room, a craft room, laundry facilities (for those who choose not to have their own), and a guest suite.

Moving in!

 

 

As each new household arrives, the individuals and couples already on site welcome them to the community.   

Kim and her big red pickup truck have been invaluable!

Guess how many cardboard boxes need to be recycled when 20+ households move in to the neighborhood?

 

Another load of furniture

Drawers and Dressers and Shelving,
oh my!

Lisa and her cats were the very first residents to move in.

Oh good, we needed more boxes.

We have plenty of parking space for members and their guests - 

and moving vans!

Stylin' Kim wears her mask with pinache! 

That notebook holds big plans.

Margaret turns her key in her lock for the first time.  She and Pat got the ball rolling toward this community vision in 2015.

Bringing home a giant box. 

Note the bench - there are Gathering Nodes throughout the property to make it easy to meet up spontaneously with neighbors and stop for a chat.

Eleanor stops by a new neighbor's porch to welcome them, while Paul chats with a friend about drone photography.

Barbara helping Linda move in.  Many hands make light work!  Several new residents have brought carts and dollies, for the benefit of all.

Enjoying the big comfortable front porches.

Member Christopher considering design choices for the interior.

Gail taking a break to look out over the Village Green and check out the neighbors' progress

Jane waves from her porch.  

No kayaking today! 

 

When the rain stops, they'll paddle on the Eno River, just a quarter mile from Village Hearth.  A trail along the riverbank is part of the 1200 mile long Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Eleanor sitting on the porch getting some work done.

Lisa says "Welcome!" 
The porch looks nice and homey.  

Homes still available!

 
If seeing all these pictures is making you wish YOU were moving in too... it's not too late!  There are still a few homes left, including a newly available 1-Bedroom home which is our most affordable home.  These homes were the first to sell out. This won't last long!

Some larger 2-Bedroom homes (with 1 or 2 bathrooms) are also still available.  See lots of pictures, including staged interiors of other homes and the community site plan, on our website.

To learn more about what it would take to become a part of this community, or to talk about what cohousing would be like for you, come to a Meet and Greet event.
The 1-Bedroom homes include a welcoming front porch and lots of windows for a bright & cheery interior.

Kitchen of the 1-Bedroom home.  Large windows overlook the neighbors' porches, so you can see when your friends are out.

Plenty of cabinets and drawers.  Down the hall you can doors to a pantry, a hall closet, and a linen closet, and then the open door to the bedroom.

Bedroom has cathedral ceilings, a big closet, and a door into your personal back yard space.  The 11 foot closet has abundant storage space.

Newly Available 1BR home
 
It's been a LONG time since this smallest of our floor plans has been available! Don't miss a rare opportunity to own this light-filled one-bedroom/one-bath cottage through a resale by owner. Listed at $310,000; appliances not included.

 

- 1 BR / 1 BA;    641 sq ft   $310,000
- 2 BR / 1 BA;    989 sq ft   $375,000
- 2 BR / 2 BA; 1,157 sq ft   $409,000


- Covered front porch
- Single story / no-barrier entry
- Vaulted ceilings / skylight
- Accessible bathroom w/ roll-in shower
- Generous closets & kitchen cabinets
- City water / sewer
- Electric water heater / heat pump / central air
- 2 parking spaces
- HOA dues $305/$357/$413 per month includes: water / sewer / trash / recycling; cable / internet; pest and termite control.  Also ongoing maintenance of: Common House / grounds, exteriors / 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
  •  Kitchen, dining/meeting
  •  Sitting / game room
  •  Laundry, exercise, craft rooms
  •  Guest Suite
- Electric car charging station
- 450 sq ft workshop
- Planned dog park, art studio, community garden
- Planned walking trails, meditation garden, chickens
- 1 - 3 miles to grocery, pharmacy, gym, library, post office
- 15 minutes to downtown Durham, 9th Street, Duke University Medical Center
- 4.5 miles to Duke Regional Hospital
- 1/4 mile to Mountains to Sea Trail along Eno River
- 2 miles to West Point on the Eno
- 3 miles to Penny's Bend Nature Preserve
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. Please note that we are following NC's COVID-19 guidelines for real estate. 

 

Join Us for Meet & Greet

 

While we're not holding in-person group open houses, we are still supporting each other and having fun together. 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. 
 
To register, please write to VillageHearthCohousing@gmail.com and indicate which date you'd like to attend.

Upcoming dates and times:
    
 Friday,   July   3rd, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
     Sunday, July 12th, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
 
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 learn, you might get to see us kicking back in a weekly virtual Happy Hour, or observe at twice-monthly plenary meeting to watch how we work together to make the decisions that define our community.

This is such an exciting time to join Village Hearth Cohousing, while it is built and ready, but still in the process of really coming into its own as a cohesive community.
The most important part of a cohousing community is the people. We can get to know each other even when physically distant.
Virtual Meet & Greet allows you to visit without leaving home!

 

What to do with all that "stuff"?  

Our next newsletter will include the essay DRASTIC DOWNSIZING, which describes one approach, shared by member BarbaraS.  Others who have just moved in said they wished they had read this before they started packing!

 

"Through every national or international crisis, I ask myself,
'In times like this, where do I want to be?'
And every time I count my blessings to live in a collaborative cohousing community that knows how to come together in times of crisis."

​                                                                                                                                                                                                     Katie McCamant

Village Hearth Cohousing’s Facebook Page

 
Each month, you’ll find photos of our members and activities, as well as articles of interest, posted on our Facebook page. Here are a few recent examples. Just click the title to take you to the article.

BTW, you don't have to belong to Facebook to view our page, www.facebook.com/villagehearthcohousing/
LGBTQ Cohousing in Durham
An Intentional Plan for Living Together 
"LGBTQ older adults face many additional challenges in finding supportive, or even safe, housing. Services and Advocacy for LGBTQ Elders (SAGE), reports that many LGBTQ older adults “face harassment and intimidation in their homes or in long-term care settings from aging professionals, other residents, and even their own family members.” Forty-eight percent of older, same-sex couples have experienced housing discrimination, according to the organization’s research. Safe and affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the community today."
What is going on?!  Stories from cohousing communities across America about how they are adapting to life during a pandemic, and how being in community eases the burden.
To learn more about Village Hearth Cohousing, phone Margaret at 561-714-8009 or follow the links below.
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