Planning Early for the Golden Years: Starting an Intergenerational Community (Breakout Session)

Presented by Grace Kim, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing | Schemata Workshop

Session Description

Before he passed, Grace Kim's 81-year old grandfather-in-law used to say, “Why would I want to hang out with a bunch of people my age? They are just waiting around to die.” This sentiment is shared by many who aspire to live in an intergenerational cohousing community. These individuals desire the vibrancy and activity of young families to be an integral part of their lives, and at the same time seek a social network that will allow them to age in community for much longer than living in a conventional home or apartment.

In her early 40’s, Grace decided that she wanted to plan intentionally for her golden years. She and her husband purchased commercial property in an urban Seattle neighborhood and started an intergenerational cohousing community that was completed earlier this year. She will share the story of her community’s process, timeline, and unique ownership structure; as well as identifying common pitfalls to avoid and resources available to get started.

About the Presenter/s

Grace Kim is an architect and founding principal of Schemata Workshop. Grace is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing with a focus on Common House Design. She is a frequent presenter at senior housing and affordable housing conferences. She has written a design guide for cohousing common spaces and has visited over 80 cohousing communities.

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