Can we or can’t we?

a report by Maria Brenton

January 16 and 17 saw the opening of the Woodside Square show flat for Cohousing Woodside members to meet sales staff by appointment.   We have received prices for our 30 units  but are not able to publicise them on this website until the end of January when the sales launch proper commences.

Suffice it to say, prices are high, based on Savills’ market assessment for Muswell Hill.   We are currently still waiting for Hanover to tell us what their service charges will be.

Our numbers have decreased by six households since then, as members whose budgets are less elastic departed reluctantly and sadly.     We shall miss them and feel aggrieved that they have put so much into our cohousing project only to be priced out of it.    Those of us who remain are seeking out new recruits to the group who are able to afford these properties and who are keen to put effort and energy into the group.

The developer's CGI perspective of Woodside Grove
The developer’s CGI perspective of Woodside Grove

We regret very much the impact on Cohousing Woodside of being kept waiting for several years before being told the prices.   Cohousing accrues its own priceless value in slowly building trust and familiarity between individual members as a basis for a well-functioning community of neighbours.   Hammering out shared values and aspirations  is a rich investment, though sadly not one that general developers’ profit motive respects.

Any one who comes to our next meeting, on February 21, will for sure receive up to date information on which to judge the affordability of our scheme in Woodside Grove.   The added bonus of a group of people who have already set out to build a sense of community where neighbours know each other, look out for each other and share some activities, is beyond any market value.   We are looking for people who care about how they live as they grow old in this day and age and want to contribute actively to Cohousing Woodside.