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Communal liviving arrangements

October 27th, 2016 at 07:12 am

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/as-my-friends-and-i-grow-older-were-setting-our-sights-on-communal-living/article32240746/

Does the thought of communal living in one's senior years appeal to anyone? I think it very interesting especially since even married women will likely outlive their husbands by a good many years.

7 Responses to “Communal liviving arrangements”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think for some folks it would be a very good idea. I'm not sure how well I would tolerate it, though. I like my kitchen to be exactly my way. Same with the bathroom. I'd have a really hard time with shared communal areas if they didn't have the same level of cleanliness or order that I have. My OCD would drive me crazy if they didn't.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Truly communal living as described doesn't appeal to me, but that might be because I already share my space with two spouses, two kids and two cats. However, this was one of the thoughts behind getting a duplex and sharing it with good friends (and why I tried for a while to plan a way to have a granny flat in our backyard for another friend); without family in the area, living in close proximity with friends is practical as well as emotionally satisfying, especially as we grow older.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I thought about this some more, and I think I'd prefer having 40 acres with 5 to 10 small houses grouped near each other and people working together as a tiny community, maybe being self-sufficient with a large garden, solar panels, water catchment, and enough farm animals to provide for everyone's meat, eggs, and dairy, but not so many as to overtax any one person. Everyone would be in charge of their own house but could ask for help if needed, and they'd all work together for everything else, and maybe have a communal hall for a weekly potluck and board game night or movie night.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I like the idea of having my own living space but living in close proximity to others with whom I could choose to hang out with in, say, a communal kitchen or other living space, and with others who are committed to helping each other and belonging to a close-knit community.

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    Yes, I absolutely could live communally, so long as it was with compatible people. In fact, I already do. Smile

  6. CB in the City Says:

    My experience living with my cousin taught me that I'm not very good at living with other people. Come to think of it, my marriage taught me that as well! I actually still believe I am easy to live with, but others are difficult. Smile

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I like LR's idea. Maybe have a SA living community. Smile

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