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An Intentional Living Community - Targeted to 50+ LGBTQI and Friends

Boulder County, Colorado

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Some local people in Boulder County are planning an intentional living community targeted to age 50+ LGBTQI people, friends, family, and absolutely welcoming to others who may choose to live in this community.  The vision is to share friendship and support within an accessible, low-maintenance setting and never have to move again.

The community will be a 12-unit, new construction condominium building in Boulder County, Colorado. The condominium building will be part of a larger, existing new home community. All units will be high-quality 2-bedroom/2-bath condominium flats with green building features. The building will be elevator served and all residences will have private garages with lofts. One of the 12 units will be purchased to preserve an option for use as common space, to be determined later by the initial buyer/members.

There are already six buyer members and additional members are needed by late fall 2017, timed to coincide with construction start. Closings and move-ins are expected by late 2018. Condominiums will be purchased directly from the builder for cost-efficiency. There may be later options for people who aren’t able to decide within this time frame. There also will likely be rental options for those who do not want to buy.

Vision and values

Community Vision

Our vision is a diverse housing community that enables us to enrich our lives through friendship, cooperation, sharing, and mutual support. We choose to share our lives to build a community that will sustain us both now and for the rest of our lives.The housing model will encourage positive connections while honoring personal privacy. Through connection and cooperation, we believe we will be able to better meet economic, social, political, and health challenges with creativity and resilience.

Credit: Movement Advancement Project, www.lgbtmap.org

Community Intention: Values

We are seeking buyers for whom this community vision is a good fit with their personal vision. Potential buyers should share these community values:

  • Value and seek diversity in his/her/their friendships and housing community
  • Have a desire to participate in community and share time and resources
  • Value both community and privacy, and seek to have a balance between the two
  • Honor individual differences and support the uniqueness and growth of each person
  • Respect individual beliefs and encourage diverse traditions, celebrations and explorations of the spirit

Community Intentions: Actions

  • Celebrate life together by having fun, laughing; eating and playing together
  • Provide for and respect personal boundaries
  • Find ways to share our time, skills and resources to save money and ease each other’s lives
  • Give appreciation and encouragement to each other
  • Take responsibility individually and communally for our actions

Cohousing Association, www.cohousing.org

Community Intentions: Plan for Organization and Governance

Because we are buying into a building that will be inside an existing larger community, we will fall within the covenants and HOA that is part of the larger housing development. For our intentional community itself, we are beginning without a pre-determined governing structure or additional covenants. It is our expectation and desire that our core group of first buyers will get together regularly before and during construction to get to know each other and decide what informal and formal structures we may choose to have for our community. We will also decide together if, when, and how we will dedicate some common space for gatherings and perhaps an extra guest room for our visiting friends and family.

Who is behind this?

This intentional community vision and planning was initiated by Elisabeth Borden, and several other people are now involved. Elisabeth is a 40-year professional in the development, marketing, and operation of various types of senior housing and care facilities in Colorado.That said, this is a personal mission for her, as she is working to create her new home. It is not a business project, and she is taking no fees for the time she is spending to create the community. Her goal is to have the pricing of the community be as economical as possible by ideally finding other community members through networking, and then having each person buy his/her/their new residences directly from the builder.

Click here for more information about Elisabeth’s vision for living and aging gracefully and happily.

Click here to go the the home page of this website and learn more about Elisabeth’s professional background.

“I have warm and lovely memories of two community houses in which I lived with other women in my early 30s, in Fort Collins and Boulder. Now, after raising two children during the past 22 years, I am ready to return to community living, but this time, with a little more space and privacy.”

1980, Fort Collins

The Housing

We have made an agreement with a builder to create our small community within a larger, new home community in eastern Boulder County, Colorado. The builder has an excellent reputation and has been in business here for 40 years. The larger housing community has been under development for several years and the site for our building has been designated.

Our community will be a 3-story, accessible, elevator-served building with 12 two-bedroom/two-bath condominium flats of 1,133 square feet each. There are two slightly different layouts. Each residence will have a private, detached garage with loft. Condominiums are of high-quality, with five different standard finish packages and three upgraded finish packages.

The location is easily walkable to restaurants, grocery, retail, and banking. It is a 15 to 20-minute drive or express bus ride to the University of Colorado and downtown Boulder and a 5-minute drive/10-minute bike ride to an historic Old Town with numerous trendy restaurants, coffee, and bookshops. There is excellent bus service to Denver International Airport, downtown Denver, and local stops. Bike and walking trails run adjacent to the site, and a small lake is a two-minute walk down the trail.

Pricing for the remaining units is $430,000 to $450,000, depending on floor. This pricing is reflective of home values in eastern Boulder County. There may be two investor-owned units that will be available to those who prefer to rent, rather than buy.

The builder plans to start construction in October 2017, with an estimated 12-month construction period. The builder is requiring that we contract a majority of the units prior to construction start. As of August 2017, we have six units committed.

Contact and Next Steps

If you want more information about our community, or if you want to visit and tour model units in similar buildings, please contact Elisabeth Borden at elisabethborden@gmail.com.

Resources on Intentional Community and LGBTQI Aging