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Placitas Sage interest group meets

Placitas Sage Cohousing moves forward

—Placitas Sage Cohousing Committee

Join us on August 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Collin Meeting Room in the Placitas Community Library to learn more about the progress of Placitas Sage Cohousing. We are building ‘casitas in placitas’ for proactive seniors to age in place in this wonderful community.

We’ll tell you all about our Site and Common House Design Workshops that were held on July 12 and 13, led by Bryan Bowen, principal architect of Caddis Architects in Boulder, CO. Bryan is a leader in designing cohousing communities across the nation and is also the son of longtime Placitas residents Bunny and Leland Bowen. We’ll also introduce you to Jim Maduena, our builder, who has been building homes since 1984. Jim integrates new technology and design in building green, sustainable homes here in Placitas.

Placitas Sage is a dynamic, fun-loving group of seniors who have a contract on eight acres near the Village. Our site plan for the property incorporates four little plazas (‘placitas’) of five casitas each, ranging from eight hundred to 1200 square feet. These will surround a common house designed for frequently shared meals and activities, an artist’s studio, guest accommodations for visiting family and friends, and porches with views of the Sandias as well as the Jemez Mountains.

If you are interested in staying in Placitas even after the time comes when you don’t want to keep up the maintenance on a large home; if you are interested in downsizing to a smaller but comfortable home that’s energy efficient and ‘light on the landscape’; if you are interested in being part of a community of active seniors who gather for some meals, share meaningful conversations, enjoy friendships, and also honor the wish for solitude, then come to the Placitas Sage Cohousing public meeting on August 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Placitas Community Library.

Find out more about the concept of cohousing, where the spirit of community extends along pathways of neighborliness. We’ll show you our plan for Placitas Sage Cohousing in the shadow of the Sandias. Perhaps you’ll want to join us in sharing our vision for aging gracefully in this place we love.

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