New website discusses plans for a co-housing community just “a few miles” from Nevada City

“Ingenium is a small-scale community, housing eight to twelve expressive artists and their families” over time, according to a new meetup group and new website.

“As of spring 2014, we have located an ideal spot for our Ingenium Village. We are currently in purchase escrow for 48 acres in the Sierra Foothills, California, just a few miles from the small victorian town of Nevada City, with equal distance to neighboring Grass Valley,” according to a website ExpressiveArtsVillage.com.

“We also have a plan in mind to purchase and begin construction of the common-house in the spring of 2015.”

“Our team at this point consists of a prominant and local co-housing consultant, two realtors, a septic technician, a planning engineer, and a log-home agency. We are currently embarking on the steps needed in order to take the property out of escrow during this coming summer.”

“As of this writing, the total budget for this project is roughly two-million dollars, plus the cost of each individual dwelling. This covers land aquisition, subdivision, utility installation, and construction of the common house.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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  1. We were involved in a not so permanent project back in 1982, in San Rafael. The leaders needed startup cash, we followers contributed that and many hours of volunteer labor. Then, with my wife 8 months pregnant, the equivalent to a “council of elders,” made the cute decision that no children under the age of 5 ( youngest of one of the council’s member’s kids) would be permitted on site. If you sign into this, make sure your rights and commitments are covered in a fair and legally written down way. Otherwise, sounds wonderful, just make sure it is indeed a community of “equals.” The group, headed by Chris Egan, eventually went bankrupt but it did hold together for 30 years. Another interesting group, not intentionally for artists, was Morehouse, which was the subject of my preliminary work for my proposed M.A. in Anthro. Morehouse has thrived, but it was built by many, with the ownership remaining with the few, including a crackerjack lawyer at the top: http://www.lafayettemorehouse.com/first_morehouse.html

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