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Well-Appointed Kitchens in Each Prairie Spruce Unit!

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On an airline flight I am usually absorbed in the view from the window, or the storyline in a book, or the action on the in-flight entertainment screen. On a recent trip east I was absorbed in a conversation with my seatmate. To ensure his privacy, I will call him Jack. Like so many things in life, your air flight seatmate can be the luck of the draw; some enjoyable, some less so.

Jack was in the ‘enjoyable’ category.  We started our conversation wide and slowly circled in to the particulars of our lives. As we moved into the particulars, I told Jack about the plans of our household to live in Prairie Spruce Commons Cohousing. To my delight, Jack had already heard about Prairie Spruce. He had stopped by our table at the Regina Farmers Market, and he had seen recent media coverage about Prairie Spruce.

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Jack and his friends are regulars at the North YMCA, and after a morning workout they go for coffee. They have had conversations about Prairie Spruce over their morning coffees.  Jack was particularly interested to learn about our workshop that will be filled with great tools and workshop projects. The big puzzle for Jack and his friends was how we were going to cope with using a common kitchen.

There seems to be a widespread misconception that Prairie Spruce will have only a common kitchen, but this is not the case. Each unit has a fully equipped, well appointed kitchen, as well as a living-dining area.  The Common House kitchen and dining area is for community events. It can also be reserved for personal or family events; for example our immediate extended family now numbers in the low 30’s and there are ten children under seven! This is too many for our current home, and it will be too many for our unit at Prairie Spruce Commons, but the Common House kitchen and dining room will be perfect for this crowd.

Do you have questions that have been puzzling you about Prairie Spruce?We would love to hear from you.

Brenda

Friends Rather Than Strangers


Girasol-Sur-400x284For the past twenty years my friend has enjoyed winter at Girasol Sur, a condominium located in Mismaloya, Mexico. Located near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Girasol Sur has the gorgeous turquoise waters of Bahía de Banderas, beautiful white sand beaches, a tropical savannah climate with dry winters, and bougainvillea that made me gasp with delight. I asked her what she thought contributed most to her experience at Girasol Sur. Expecting the obvious references to the beaches and salt air, her response surprised me. She said the dining space and the large front entrance make us friends rather than strangers.

I would love to live with an ocean view, but that will have to be in my travel life. In my home life, I look forward to living with friends rather than strangers. Like Girasol Sur, the dining space and the welcoming front entrance at Prairie Spruce Commons are two design features that will contribute to community.

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Condo living seems to be designed for people to live next door to one another as strangers. At Prairie Spruce Commons the community and building design helps us to become friends. We are already creating friendships through our monthly community meals, enjoying games and sports, making decisions together, hanging out at the Information Centre, and taking road trips to see other cohousing communities. If you are looking for condo living where you can be a friend rather than a stranger, we are looking for you.

Brenda