Friday, November 13, 2015

Greetings


HAPPY NEW YEAR


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Your hamlet


Community?


Just makes you want to take a stroll; no?

Be greeted by endless succession of garage doors; not a living soul in sight! Guess it is the price you pay for living in America, your ultimate dream! You have arrived. 

Think friendship would be a desirable "amenity" in your senior years? I do not know David Roberts, but concur with his views here 100%!



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Friday, October 30, 2015

Little India in Las Vegas?

The concept


Here is the cohousing community concept presentation-Prezi; squeezed in a five minute Youtube video.

Please comment below even if you disagree!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cohousing explained:



What is a home?



Belterra Cohousing 

Bowen Island


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Friday, October 9, 2015

Little India in Las Vegas 2


Anand Milan

Realm of the people

Here is another look @ the schematic from various viewpoints. Unlike typical suburban speculative subdivisions anywhere in the USA here people roam free & the cars are confined behind  pine tree fences. Like beasts in a zoo! 

Ample usable communal open spaces, not just the bare minimum the zoning ordinance would force you to provide.

Mind you this just a conceptual scheme & may go thru a few iterations to evolve into something entirely different! None of the buildings nor the landscaping is designed yet.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Retirement resorts in India


Indian Retirement resorts



Is this your Utopia?


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Far out!


Can you dream it?


Not just a net zero home but building it via a

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN!

P.S. This is not an endorsement or pledge just admiring somebody's efforts!


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Not so Tiny home!


The Cottages at Willett Brook 

Bridgton, Maine

by Main Eco Homes

I Like the pod concept:
just like a "moholla", ""agraharam", "sheri" back in India. Imagine either a well or a shrine @ the center!


Finding the Small House Sweet Spot

click the caption to open the URL


Eco Homes video

& The Clubhouse

This is not an endorsement; just showing empty-nester's downsized comfy abodes.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cohousing infographic


Check this out on the following link


Click this link to see it bigger


Ignore the word tiny in the following infographic it could apply to any size homes/village!




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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rejoice


Hallelujah

Anand Milan Partnership

closed on the property on the corner of Lone Mountain & Simmons in North Las Vegas today; congratulations!




God only knows what avatar it may take
but stay tuned or better yet, "like" this post &/or send an email with dare I say your two cents (er; I mean your input)!




It would not be Llamapolis for sure; we do not have Tony Hsieh's money nor would any Indian go for a trailer park!



Monday, July 6, 2015

Little India in Las Vegas




Imagine this!


Living in AnyTown USA,


in homes unintentionally designed for cars, not people!



Now imagine yourself living in your sanctuary

Imagine not living anonymously as you most likely do now in your neighborhood, imagine bumping into friends every few minutes, imagine laughter & good food & most importantly, imagine being with people you care to share it with! 

Welcome to “Little India - Las Vegas”!

Do not get hung up on the aesthetics or building materials, forms, (lack of) Indianization, etc. This is just a schematic concept not the finished product.


Live in homes designed to promote social intercourse;



in an intentional village.

Can you see yourself living in a place like this, happily ever after? Or would you prefer living in something similar to the approved subdivision as shown in the picture below (adjacent development with identical density)?

Entirely your choice!


YouTube video link: Little India in Las Vegas


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Come again; come when you can!


ABUNDANT JOY!


 आनन्द, आनन्द, सच्चिदानन्द!



Forgive me for posting a Kickstarter campaign video here; but it is about celebrating life (specially in a retirement home)! If it doesn't put a tear in your eye & a smile on your face, check your pulse!

What a potent, delightful & divine combination.

You do not have to check into a community "waiting to die"!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Congratulations!


Congratulations; Hindu Seniors Community Of Las Vegas on signing a contract to buy land. 



Here is a wonderful story of an intentional  community in Washington.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting to die?


Dark side of ShantiNiketan? No way! Iggy's vision

DISCLAIMER

The ideas expressed here on this blog are exclusively mine & not that of:
Hindu Seniors Community Of Las VEGAS!

Here is Iggy’s 2/6/15 NPR radio interview (You can skip to 4:44 to 5:36 instead of listening to the entire interview if you wish):
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/06/384043496/being-with-people-like-you-offers-comfort-against-deaths-chill

It has some of his revelations about primal human instincts & his vision behind Shantiniketan communities.

--Begin clip
But there's a dark side to this homogenous heaven, its founder says. "I don't want my children or grandchildren to live in a community like this," Ignatius says. "Retirement communities are places where people go waiting to die.”
And at that time, he thinks, it's beyond your control. No matter who you are, you'll experience a deep primal desire to withdraw, like a salmon swimming upstream to the place of its birth to spawn and die. "I think that is an animal instinct which we as human beings seem to have.”
—End



Waiting to die?

Morbid?
Do you envision settling down in a “forever home” possibly your final sanctuary? Would you want to live in your own “agraharam”, not in a depressing extended stay glorified motel / time-share? 


Most senior communities voluntarily impose the age restriction for the tax benefit (no kids would mean no additional burden on local school district) rather then keeping the (undesirable / annoying?) kids away from the residents. But if you have a non-profit status, you will not be taxed anyway!

You don't have to be a gerontologist or a psychiatrist to know that major problem in old age is depression caused by isolation & loneliness. If you withdraw into a "vanprasthashram"; kind of old age "man-cave" (even if with other similar Indians) would you be making it better or worse? 

I suspect 80-85% investors / renters / winter birds buy in SN for bragging rights: “I bought a condo in Shantiniketan”! The rest of the 15-20% permanent residents would be dying for you to buy & move in with them for good instead of the constant turnover of the transients!




Count the number of smiling faces on Shantiniketan website or on their Facebook photos! Waiting to die; even if it is in a comfortable & clean resort along with other Indians that understand you, is for those who have given up on life. Would it be despicable to include a crematorium on site?


Would it be better to live / celebrate life to the fullest towards the end with your loved ones, young & old (without age restrictions)? Like an oil lamp that burns the brightest just before getting extinguished, running out of oil (juice of life)!


Salmon-run analogy: most of us are done spawning; wouldn’t you agree (unless you are planning a hedonistic resort LOL)? & hardly anyone would want to return to Varanasi or Haridwar or somewhere on the Himalayas (our Indian birth places)! What kind of living can you anticipate, if you are just waiting for the “grim reaper”?

Do you really want to build “a retirement resort (purgatory?) for Hindu seniors waiting to die, living with 80-85% investors or curious transient renters”? It would also force you into an auto centric development to accommodate rental car traffic that most renter / tourists would invariably bring in! Las Vegas would certainly attract more renters. Building a resort would also imply going into hospitality business. 

Do you recall my suggestion about building either a mixed community or an age restricted community adjacent to a non restricted development? & my caveats regarding car-centric design, waving the “holier then thou” Hinduism flag, living in a resort vs living in a community, economics of standard vs high density zoning, parasitic dependence on investor participation, MacMansion villas vs empty-nester’s frugal homes, insistence on the divine number 108 etc. 






If you do not have a clearly defined vision; you will have to adapt & conform to the builder's vision; good bad or ugly! Even if your project does not materialize, it would still be a feather in the builder's cap; another “stay tuned location” for his brochure!

This is not an attempt @ bashing Shantiniketan or Mr Iggy Ignatius; he is providing a much needed service to a particular niche of Indian seniors. God bless him!

Follow your bliss!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Hope

Where art thou; Obi-Wan Kenobi?



If you haven't seen Star Wars, you wouldn't understand!



"Hope is not a strategy!"


This is about "working out" for abs, you perv!

It has been over a year since the group started meeting @ the temple. 

  • Are we waiting for someone else to show us properties?
  • Are we waiting for angel investors to pour money in our project?
  • Are we waiting for a builder/developer to come & design build the project for us?

Here is a no stones unturned approach:
Unless you are content with the progress you have made so far; download this app for the group & start checking off tasks you have done already & plan on tackling next, as a group as well as individually!



Would it make sense to embark on journey without a destination (your goals) & a route (your timeline)? See how many tasks from the following list have you accomplished after a year & whether they matter to you?

LVISC Time line tasks (not in any order of priority)

  • find minimum of 10 committed members / early buyers
  • predevelopment funds (soft costs: surveys, soil tests, schematic design, etc.)
  • design programming (recipe ingredients)
  • explore goals & values (commitment to one another)
  • decide on luxury living resort with villas or frugal Dharamshala
  • army barracks or town houses or detached units
  • auto-centric or people-centric design
  • "McMansions" or "Not so big houses"
  • assisted or independent living
  • age restricted or multigenerational
  • site selection
  • Negotiate options on chosen site
  • Buy land
  • Create development entity, partnership or corporation
  • feasibility study
  • site planning schematics
  • off site work: street paving, street lights, sidewalks etc.
  • utilities hookup
  • appraisal
  • title search
  • value engineering
  • greening decision alternate energy considerations
  • marketing & sales
  • Prepare bids for site work and building construction
  • find angel investors?
  • Fund raising
  • find a banker
  • find a lawyer
  • find a chef
  • architecture, engineering
  • schematic design workshops
  • Workshop: consensus process
  • Workshop: site design
  • Workshop: common house
  • Workshop: prototype homes
  • building permitting & fees
  • planning & zoning approval
  • common house design
  • individual home designs
  • common house construction
  • amenities
  • moving in
  • begin construction
  • find builder to partner with
  • construction loan interest/fees
  • interest on investments
  • hire a project manager
  • utility hookup fees
  • real estate taxes during construction
  • bonds & insurance
  • title & recording
  • grading water/sewer connections
  • landscaping pathways & irrigation
  • On site paving, utilities
  • individual mortgages
  • CC&Rs
  • maintaining common facilities
  • hire staff (maintenance, maids, chef)
  • buy furnishings (donations / sharing pool)
  • gym, pool equipment
  • Bhoomipuja
  • ground breaking
  • Customization of individual units
  • Buying a van
  • Decide on Redundancies individual washers, dryers, dishwashers
  • Solar HW
  • Accessibility
  • On site medical personnel
  • Guest accommodations in common house
  • Pool building
  • Construction documents
  • Bidding
  • mortgage broker
  • Materials & finishes selection

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