In Santa Fe, New Mexico there is a beautiful intentional community called Commons on the Alemeda which has been there for 16 years and welcomes any visitors. The community is composed of 28 homes sitting on 5 acres of land with cars parked in the outside circumference. There is around 70 people and at least 15 of those people young children. As a member of the community you are a co-owner of common areas and have limited ownerships of structures which are mostly stucco and adobe in style with each unit renting for $55. Wow, can you imagine paying only $55 a month in rent for your own space? Twice weekly they come together and share meals and switch turns on who cooks and who cleans, each person has one kitchen shift per week. They have a small organic orchard with peaches, apricots, and apples for anyone to partake and a small community garden which is expanding. Together they work on projects to support river restoration and community clean up campaigns with no expectations only on a volunteer basis. From my experience of speaking with a member who has been there for 14 years the community appears more like a big extended family where resources, materials, and lives are shared together. With rent being so cheap one can have all their basic needs taken care of a person has the ability to thrive and not just survive.
Commons on the Alemeda December 6, 2008