Frequently Asked Questions
How can I contact Colorado Springs Cohousing?
Our e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number is: (719) 493-3265.
Where is Colorado Springs Cohousing located?
Colorado Springs Cohousing Community at Casa Verde Commons is located on four acres in Colorado Springs, north of Uintah Street, between San Miguel and Columbia Streets. We're one block west of El Paso (Shook's Run Trail is our western edge) a mile and a half north of the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, one mile east of Interstate Highway 25 (Uintah Street Exit). Map to Casa Verde
What kind of land surrounds the cohousing site?
Our cohousing community is located in the historic Patty Jewett neighborhood, just a few blocks away from Colorado College and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Our site is close to excellent schools and amenities such as a major bike trail, city golf course, and city parks. A shopping area is one mile away on the bike trail and two city bus routes are one block away.
How many homes make up the cohousing community?
How big are they?
Casa Verde Commons includes thirty-four homes. They range in size from 858 to 2,467 square feet. The mix includes one- to five-bedroom residences. Other features (such as yards, unfinished lower levels, and porches) vary by model type.
What is the physical set up?
In cohousing, you and your family own a single-family attached home (duplex with condominium-type ownership) with your own entrance, kitchen, living area, bedrooms and bathrooms. The size and number of rooms vary by unit type.
What will I pay monthly in addition to my mortgage, insurance and property taxes?
You will obtain your own utility service from Colorado Springs Utilities for electricity, gas, water, and wastewater.
The condominium monthly assessment for 2015 ranged from $214 to $336 per month depending on the size of the unit and number of persons. The assessment includes trash and some recycling removal; insurance on the exterior of all buildings; liability and property insurance for the entire property; Common House operation and maintenance; electricity for garages and outside lighting; water for common area irrigation; snow removal on driveways; exterior repairs and maintenance; and reserves to be accumulated for future exterior repainting, reroofing, asphalt repair and resurfacing, etc.
Community dues for each adult are $5 per month, which covers Common House pantry restocking, childcare at community meetings, social events for adults and children, and committee expenses.
Does the community have rules?
As an ever-evolving community, we have developed guidelines for aspects of community life. To create community ground-rules, we rely on the following: common sense and courtesy; group input and feedback; direct and honest discussion; and a consensus-based decision-making process.
What are the requirements for participation in the community?
Community residents are expected to participate and share in the
community's work responsibilities based on their age and ability.
Participation in community meals is voluntary.
Does the cohousing community hold regular meetings?
Community meetings take place once a month in our Common House.
Community teams also meet as needed.