A co-housing development using sustainable tiny buildings and permaculture principles is happening in Golden Bay, New Zealand. Those behind the project say that 18 future residents have already provided loans between $50-100,000 each, allowing them to reserve a home and land. Homeowners would own the house title and the land directly beneath it, as well as a share of the common grounds and facilities.
The plan is to build 60 sustainable homes clustered around shared spaces. The co-housing model is gaining popularity around the world as people look to forge alternative paths to home-ownership.
Two or three-bedroom houses would be clustered around shared spaces and facilities such as tennis courts, a sauna, a playground, a fire pit, an orchard, sleep outs as shared spare bedrooms, a food forest and community gardens.
The project was “not necessarily about building affordable housing” – but healthy homes made to last and that “don’t poison the earth”. “It’s a 100-year plan. We’re trying to increase quality housing, while living in connection with, and being in relationship with each other, and the benefits this way of living gives people.”
The developers have held a number of “community picnics” with those interested, and meetings with residents around the area to hear concerns. “Until we know what they want to do and see the final applications, we don’t know what conditions may be applied to that development.”
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