Bristol Village Cohousing Update

Hi Cohousers and friends:

Hope you had a Happy Pi Day! I always forget to celebrate until it is too late. But this time I got my berry pie in the oven to celebrate with a few cohousing friends.

Luckily we are staying close to home today, due to the lush recent snowfall which has transformed our village. The local kids are enjoying a day off from school and building the usual snow forts. We (Jim & Peg) are anticipating a trip to the nearby Watershed, our favorite playground. This 1000 acre park has been our preferred destination for dog walks, with its web of trails, and variety of terrains and habitats. Today it will be a great place to cross country ski, for both adventurers (like Jim) and the extremely cautious (ie me).

In any case, here is the latest update from Bristol Village Cohousing.

Recognition for Bristol Village Cohousing’s Energy Efficient Design

Every February, the Better Buildings by Design Conference, sponsored by Efficiency Vermont, offers workshops for designers and builders of energy-conscious projects. As part of this year’s competition, EV awarded Bristol Village Cohousing its Residential New Construction Affordability Merit Award, recognizing our commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability throughout the project. EV’s Director Karen Glitman noted that our project “exemplifies the integration of innovative energy efficient practices with durability, beauty, and practicality.” We are thankful to the designers and builders who helped us achieve this goal: Jean Terwilliger of Vermont Integrate Architecture, Aaron Stewart of Stewart Construction and Katie Raycroft-Meyer of Raycroft Meyer Landscape Architecture. 

We still have one more unit for sale

Sadly, the sale of our last remaining unit fell through. So we still have available a two bedroom apartment, with just under 900 sq ft of living space. Located upstairs in the 12 North St fourplex, this home has views in all directions, with an abundance of windows facing the town green (and sunset). Our favorite feature is the rear deck off the kitchen, overlooking the BVCH green and nearby Bristol Ledges.

We are able to offer this unit either at market price or as a permanently affordable home (through the Addison County Community Trust). If you are interested in seeing this unit and touring our project, please contact Jim (802-734-0798; jim.mendell@gmailcom).  (See the attached flier.)

Welcome to our newest neighbors

We are happy to welcome Sarah Stott and Howard Jennings to our community. Earlier this month they moved from Virginia to their new home in the South Cottage. They have many pre-existing connections to the Bristol village community, and have brought with them their enthusiasm and willingness to just dive in.

Also living in our community (while Penelope, Dmitri and Barry are in India) is Rob Cole. A writer and man of many trades, he is providing a great deal of help to our Buildings and Grounds committee, and has been one of our masters of the snow-blower. We will miss him when Penelope and company return in late April (but we very much look forward to their return and stories about their adventures).

That’s all for this time – more news later in the spring!

from the folks at Bristol Village Cohousing

 Bristol Waterworks--1000 acre park great for skiing and hiking.

Bristol Waterworks--1000 acre park great for skiing and hiking.