FAQ

 

How can I get on the wait list? How does the wait list work?
Is there an application process to join your community?

How often do homes become available for sale or rent at Stone Curves?
What are the sizes of your homes?

What are the price ranges of your homes? Rental rates?
How much are COA dues?
Are there required work hours?
Is cohousing some sort of commune? 
Do I have to like everyone?
What do Stone Curvers do for a living?
How much privacy do residents have?
What is the pet policy?
Does every unit have a washer and dryer?
How about safety and security?
Are there other cohousing communities in Tucson?
Would I have my own parking space?
Can I come for a tour?
Is there any special policy regarding renters?

How can I get on the wait list? How does the wait list work?
We have two separate wait lists; one for renters and one for buyers. At any one time, there are 10-15 households on our buyer wait list and our renter wait list is capped at 15. As of March 2017, our renter wait list is open. It pays to be patient as demand outpaces availability at Stone Curves. To keep our wait lists relevant, we ask potential wait listers to take a tour of our community.  Your number on the wait list does not reflect your number in line for a unit.  All homes are owned by individuals. When homeowners are ready to rent or sell their unit, everybody on the appropriate wait list is given details on the available unit at the same time. The person who is fastest getting in touch with the homeowner is usually the one who gets the unit.

Is there an application process to join your community?
No.  The homes of Stone Curves are owned privately by homeowners. We seek renters and buyers who want to be part of our community and contribute to it.  Instead of a formal application process,  we require that each potential community member take a tour of Stone Curves before being added to the wait list.

How often do homes become available for sale or rent at Stone Curves?
Demand for homes outpaces availability at Stone Curves. It's rare for homes to be sold/rented publicly. The last several homes at Stone Curves have been sold/rented to people on our wait list.

What are the sizes of your homes?
We have 7 floor plans in our community, ranging from 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom units (680 square feet) to 4 bedroom/ 3 bathroom units (1,688 square feet). See our "For Sale/Rent" page for more details.

What is the typical price range of your homes?
Each home sale prices and rental rates are set by individual homeowners. As of March 2017, prices for a home range from low $100,000's to high $200,000's. The most recent sale was for $149/square foot. Rental rates vary from $950/month to $1,300/month, depending on unit size, location and condition.

How much are COA dues?
Condo Owner Association dues are based on the square footage of the home.  2017 dues range from $144/month for our smallest unit and $340/month for our largest unit.

Are there required work hours?
Yes, because we run the place ourselves.  Every adult, whether renter or owner, is expected to put in 5 hours of "job share" each month.  There is a huge variety of possible jobs, and each month you can choose whatever you want.  You can do your job alone or with others.  It's a great way to get to know neighbors who have interests like yours.  Here are a few of the many possibilities:  tend the garden, help cook a community meal, maintain the website, shelve books in the library, manage the monthly give-away day, keep the workshop tidy, clean the common house bathrooms or laundry room, feed the chickens, test the chemical balance in the spa, weed. These job share hours are part of the pleasure of cohousing life.  Pot-luck meals, holiday celebrations, impromptu parties - even job share - can turn into an afternoon of laughing and happy memories.

Is cohousing some sort of commune?
No.  It has some features of the storied communes of old, like a high value placed on community and a strong sense of togetherness and belonging.  But we have our own separate houses and although we share a lot of stuff, it's never our incomes. Currently there are more than 100 cohousing communities in Europe and nearly twice that number in the US and Canada.  For more information visit the National Cohousing Association.

Do I have to like everyone?
Of course not.  We are a community of about 80 people of all ages and from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.  While we all chose this somewhat unusual lifestyle, the eclectic nature of such a large group means that you will enjoy being with some people more than others.  But to put this more positively, living in a cohousing community means that you'll easily come to know a large group of interesting and caring people among whom you're likely to find some life-long friends.

What do Stone Curvers do for a living?
Here's how some of the current residents earn their living: university professor, acupuncturist, high school teacher, museum docent, small business owner, consultant, foster parent, radio announcer, nurse, musician, retail worker, pharmaceutical tech, volunteer coordinator, veterinarian, golf pro, care giver, and environmental organization staffer. 

How much privacy do residents have?
We all have as much privacy as we want.  Each house is a fully-functioning separate unit and we have a general policy that when residents don't want visitors, they close the blinds or curtains on their front door.  On the other hand, a main reason people choose cohousing is to be part of an active community of close neighbors.  Cohousing is not really the place for people who want to be alone.

What is the pet policy?
We love pets. They just have to be leashed any time they are outside your house or your fenced backyard.  For off-leash exercise, our dogs can run around in our own small fenced dog park. To protect our abundant quail population and song birds, cats are required to remain indoors.

Does every unit have a washer and dryer?
Many units have them.  But residents can always use the fully-equipped laundry room in the Common House.  It's free and so is the environmentally appropriate detergent.

How about safety and security?
As part of its commitment not to increase urban sprawl, Stone Curves is an urban infill.  Thus petty theft does occasionally happen, as it does in any city.  We do have a unique, beautiful curvy wall around most of the community and gates that close from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.  The important thing, however, is our shared sense of safety and security, stemming from our neighborliness.  We all know one another;  there is always more than one person to keep an eye on the kids, or on the property of an absent resident, or on unusual behavior of an unexpected visitor.

Are there other cohousing communities in Tucson?
Yes.  We are the youngest of three cohousing communities here.  The other two are Sonora Cohousing (http://www.sonoracohousing.com) about a mile east of us and Milagro Cohousing (http://www.milagrocohousing.org) about seven miles to the west.  The proximity makes it easy to join fellow cohousers for social events.

Would I have my own parking space?
Yes.  Every unit is assigned a parking space.  The larger units get two.  Most of the parking spots for
Villages 1 and 2 are in the South lot.   Most of the spaces for Villages 3-5 are in the North lot.

Can I come for a tour?
Please do!  We don't have regularly scheduled tours but we're always happy to show off our beautiful community. See our "Contact" page for the latest information on scheduling a tour.

Is there any special policy regarding renters?
Stone Curves welcomes renters. They are encouraged to participate in all community activities, including meetings, and their opinions are as valued as owners'.  This includes the expectation that they will participate in the Job Share program wherein each adult resident donates five hours of work each month.