Greek Village ECohousing

by Greek Village ECohousing
Category
Forming Communities
Location
Peloponnesos, Greece
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We are an international community of people creating the first multigenerational cohousing community in Greece!  www.GreekVillageCohousing.com

We have land with a breathtaking view, in a mountain agricultural area that keeps us cooler in the summer and where we can plant and cook delicious meals together in our Common House. – for a farm to table cooking culture.  We are very close to a major city with lots of services and 30 minutes from a picture postcard seaside village and beaches.

Who we are: multinational, multigenerational, multi lingual, diverse, friendly, skilled, experienced, communitarians….

A few of us have significant experience living in cohousing and eco villages, and this can help lay a strong foundation for a healthy community.  A few others are Greek or have significant experience living in Greece, and they will be a great bridge to the wider community.  Still others are coming from all walks of life, with skills and talents.  We all value closer connection with neighbors and with the land.

Where we are:  Peloponnesos, Greece

We chose the gorgeous Peloponnesus peninsula because it has it all- snowcapped mountain ranges, vineyards and olive groves, beaches and seaside villages, cozy mountain villages, modern cities, ancient UNESCO archeological sites.  Peloponnesos is relatively free from mass tourism, and we prefer it to island life because you can easily drive to Athens and to Europe without the need to fly or take a long ferry ride.

We found property beyond anything we could have imagined.  Our land is in a mountain agricultural region, and we look forward to a farm to table culture cooking together with fruits and vegetables from our gardens and orchards.  Our village will also be within a larger community- a “Wellness and Lifestyle Community” that spans an entire mountain and valley.  Over 20 years, the larger community will include other cohousing villages,  small agricultural micro business such as an olive mill, and several resort amenities such as a spa.

Formation Development Stage:  Design and Build Stage- The Fun Part!!!

We returned in February from a spectacular participatory design trip in which we designed our site layout. Our community’s design reflects our cohousing mission to live in connection with each other and with the land.  We are committed to living sustainably, and we strive to use best practices by consulting cohousing research, empirical data, and literature, and other resources from decades of cohousing lessons learned.

Our Vision:

Our community prioritizes traditional cohousing values and design as articulated in Charles Durrett and Katie McCamant seminal book on Cohousing.  Our community is surrounded by natural beauty and will reflect our value to live more connected lives supporting multiple generations and each other and living lightly on the land.

We envision generous shared outdoor spaces for an active life lived outdoors, and we look forward to community celebrations, music and folks dancing, swimming and kayaking, and hiking and exploring all that Greece has to offer.  We envision the Greek members of our multinational community as a bridge to integration with the wider Greek community.

Who we seek to join us:  Those who value community and want to relocate their primary residence to Greece.

Our home prices and floorplans will likely appeal primarily to those seeking private homes in the  middle income range rather than those seeking high end luxury or low cost housing.

We require EU permanent residency or citizenship in our village because we are a full time community rather than a vacation or part time community.  Anyone without EU permanent residency can obtain status utilizing the popular Golden Visa program, one of several permanent resident options.  With a purchase of property at €250,000, the entire family can become permanent residents of Greece and the EU through the well-run Golden Visa process.

However, Europeans, especially Greeks, will also be able to buy less expensive smaller units roughly between €120,000 and €250,000.  Greek banks do not generally provide mortgages.

What to do if interested:

Visit our Website and read our FAQs page for more details: www.GreekVillageCohousing.com

Attend one of our Information Coffees on Friday: https://www.greekvillagecohousing.com/information

Email our Outreach Coordinator and Founder Pare Gerou: GreekVillageCohousing@gmail.com

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Greek-Village-Cohousing-100948052091127.