5. Glacier Circle Community Association About a decade ago, Stan Dawson, his wife Peggy and some of their (mostly retired) Unitarian church friends got to talking about what they were going to do as ... more 
5. Glacier Circle Community Association About a decade ago, Stan Dawson, his wife Peggy and some of their (mostly retired) Unitarian church friends got to talking about what they were going to do as they got older. The close-knit group soon realized that there was nothing out there that resembled what they wanted—a very small community where each member had an equal say in decisions about the community such as handling repairs, architectural design and landscaping. So they decided to create their own. It took a few years, and a lot of permits and meetings, but in 2005, the group officially opened Glacier Village, a senior cohousing community in Davis, Calif. Cohousing communities are made up of a cluster of individual homes with shared common space, in which all residents actively participate in the management of the community; like a commune, but with separate homes and amenities. There are more than 100 cohousing communities in the U.S., says Sandra Timmerman, the director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, but Glacier was the first senior cohousing community in this country. Glacier Village is made up of eight homes on a shared plot of land; all 11 residents (their average age is now about 82) attend a weekly meeting, share dinners three nights a week (they’ve hired a cook for that) and enjoy amenities like a bocce court and lake. Monthly dues pay for the upkeep of the land, housekeeping, shared meals and other services. less 
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