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Alice Wonders Why.org is dedicated to building an affordable housing community for artists who find life in the big city unsatisfying and uncomfortable. Many people who are highly sensitive and creative find themselves excluded in the mainstream society scene. Studies show that people, or groups of people sharing similar personality traits, who are alienated in society, often find themselves living alone with few friends and family members.
Lifestyle of the Future
Beautiful Minds Ranch is an affordable housing cooperative to be built on 200 acres of land with lake or riverfront access, somewhere in California. A land lease to be negotiated on a 100 year contract at a low monthly payment.
Loans, grant funds, donations and fundraisers will help pay for running power lines, digging wells and basic septic systems to a full hook-up campground for about 24 people (families and singles). After permanent homes are built, these improvements will be used as campgrounds for visitors and retreats. Campgrounds will remain a part of the non-profit housing co-op.
Year 1: Members will move on to the land with either campers or mobile homes and pay a monthly mortgage fee, calculated by land lease cost, improvement loans, and maintenance costs, per person and by individual contract.
A contractor agreement for excavating stone from a 5 acre quarry area will be implemented to build 6 green-homes; excess stone will be sold as agreed to by contracting company. Digging will continue until the quarry reaches about 100 feet in the center and will then be filled with spring or lake water and stocked with quality fish. The quarry will remain part of the non-profit housing co-op.
A building loan will be taken out to fund building the 6, 3-2-2 green-homes with large, angle-sided, flat roof attics. The homes will be basically identical to keep total costs low. Larger families can easily convert the attic or garage into extra living quarters. This loan will cover the basics: foundations of peer and beam (providing crawl space for plumbing and wiring access, and easy foundation leveling), framing and roofing, wiring and plumbing, A/C, interior finishing and appliances, in addition to solar panels, wind mills, water treatment and irrigation distribution system, and a well water treatment and distribution system.
This is a rough estimate and will be followed up by a cost breakdown as I continue research: The expected monthly mortgage fee for a 4-member family living in one of the 6 ranch homes should not exceed $1,000, and for a single person sharing a 4-member home, the mortgage fee would be around $250 each. Power, water and waste water are included in the monthly fee, and, except for the cost of seed and personal labor, all members would have access to free fresh food from the community gardens. Excess fees collected, after loans are repaid, will be used to build new housing and community structures, and for property maintenance and improvements; overages will be donated toward helping other groups build similar green-housing, non-profit cooperatives.
Revenue Profit Generating Co-op Investments
Other for-profit co-ops will form autonomous of the Beautiful Minds Ranch affordable housing cooperative corporation. Members have the first option to invest with funds, skilled services, or both. The for-profit co-ops membership will be open to some outside investors, as needed.
List of for-profit companies to join or create over time:
Farming co-op [Build a greenhouse ½ the size of a football field for organically grown, non-genetically modified produce, which may be sectioned off to emulate different climate types. Fence 3 or more pastures for the rotation of cows, horses and free range hogs and chickens]. Horse stables for boarding horses, trail riding rental, and training lessons. Purchasing co-op and warehouse [bulk purchases for member savings, and over stock resale in both the online and general stores.] Energy co-op [alternative energy from solar, wind and water resources]. The General Store [onsite store open to the public.] Convention Center and classrooms. Marina and boat rental. Biplane [air tours and hops to metropolitan areas]. Services co-op [to manage and market excess foods, warehouse stock, and energy, and to promote convention center rental, marina and boat rental, education classes, camping retreat].