Forming Formed: 2005 Established: 2009
This page last updated:4/6/2013
Sand River Cohousing
Santa Fe, New Mexico,
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WHO WE ARE
(In 2012, ElderGrace changed its name to Sand River.)
In dedicating ourselves to lifelong personal growth, friendship, respect for the environment, and service to others, we aspire to embody the following values:
WISDOM. We respect the diversity of paths to personal growth. Deepening our connections to the natural world and others in the place that we live is a significant part of conscious aging.
COMMUNITY. We live in a respectful, egalitarian community which uses consensus to guide our decision making. We are creating a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment that nurtures a sense of community and individual contentment.
FRIENDSHIP. We value one another and the expression of mutual caring. We cherish and celebrate our diverse origins, joys, talents, beliefs, and life experiences.
ENVIRONMENT. We affirm a sustainable future by conserving resources and living ever more lightly on the Earth.
SERVICE. We offer service to the larger community both as individuals and as representatives of Sand River.
LIFE AT SAND RIVER
WE WORK AND WE PLAY. We are actively engaged in community—with one another as well as with the hands-on business of establishing and operating a healthy, viable cohousing village. In addition to bimonthly community meetings that address current issues and engage members in community building processes, various teams such as Landscaping and Community Support plan and execute the necessary tasks under their care, sometimes with the assistance of the rest of the community.
THE COMMON HOUSE is the heart of our community where we prepare and share dinner together once a week, study tai chi or take a poetry class, watch films, and engage in fireside chats on conscious aging.
WE ARE NEW and building from the ground up—in some ways quite literally. In this creative and demanding stage of development, we welcome new members who would like to join us in realizing our values and goals for a more caring and sustainable community and world.
SAND RIVER IS A LEED* community with the following sustainable design features: Universal design • Permeable paths and trails • Accessible public transportation • Community open space • Water-saving features • Rainwater harvesting • Native plants and trees • Passive solar orientation • In-floor radiant heat • Healthy indoor air quality • Energy-Star qualified • 30% more energy efficient • Low e windows • Blown-in cellulose insulation • Photovoltaic-ready hookups
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
AARP Livable Communities Award 2010
Former/Other Names: ElderGrace Cohousing
This page last updated:4/6/2013
Visitor Process: Please contact us via our website: sandriver.org
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community fits the legal definition of "housing for older persons" * and thus we may restrict membership/residency to those of a certain age and may have limits on child membership/residency in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(As of January 2013 twenty-six of our twenty-eight units are occupied.)
Open to new members:
(Two units are still available. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or The Housing Trust at 505.989.3960.)
(We use the Formal Consensus model)
Leadership Core Group:
(We have point people on our various teams and an HOA board that fulfills the legal obligations of the community as an HOA association.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(We have independent finances, own our homes, and pay HOA dues, so an individual's debt does not directly impact the community.)
(8 hours per month plus participation in weekly meals and bimonthly meetings)
(Ownership of a residence constitutes membership.)
(HOA monthly dues plus occasional assessments.)
Land and Buildings
(We are located in a community of 60,000 people but have a community garden, native landscaping, and soil-stabilized paths.)
3.5 acres (1.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We have a developing community garden and small community orchard in addition to individual gardens in a number of residents' backyards.)
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We make some effort to accommodate individual dietary considerations in community meals.)
(Some people are vegetarian or vegan.)
(Prohibited in all common areas. We currently have no residents who smoke.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Diverse representation with spiritual tolerance promoted.)
(Two units are available. For more information, please contact email@example.com or The Housing Trust at 505.989.3960.)
Square Feet in Common House:
Lorn Tryk, Architects
The Housing Trust, Santa Fe
Century Bank, Santa Fe, NM
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