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Re: “There Goes the Neigh­bour­hood,” [March]: I think that Peter Mug­geridge missed a very pos­i­tive an­swer at 100 Perry St. in Port Perry, Ont. The four un­re­lated but I think very smart “Golden Girls” did have to ad­here to plan­ning and zon­ing reg­u­la­tions but be­gan with an old home closer to the cen­tre of town, which had the ad­van­tage of a good-sized lot, some old fea­tures which could be in­cor­po­rated but which def­i­nitely needed more than up­dates. Port Perry prides it­self on its unique homes and his­tor­i­cal down­town, and from all that I hear when I visit friends who live there, they are very proud of this shared home own­er­ship ex­am­ple in their town. Al­though I live in Oshawa, as a sin­gle woman I can see many ad­van­tages of pool­ing re­sources to pro­vide for so­cial, fam­ily, nu­tri­tional, safety, es­thetic as well as hous­ing needs.

The four women in Port Perry have a beau­ti­ful home and wellplanned in­te­rior and ex­te­rior en­vi­ron­ment, which fea­tures an el­e­va­tor, guest space/liv­ing space for fu­ture care­giver(s), in­fin­ity pool avail­able year round, as well as very man­age­able monthly ex­penses which in­clude food, wine, taxes, in­sur­ance, clean­ing, lawn and snow as well as gen­eral main­te­nance. To me, it is a much bet­ter model for oth­ers to fol­low, and worth shar­ing pho­tos and re­search­ing the process to hap­pily pro­vide a new way of plan­ning for our own fu­ture. —Lau­rie Ball, via email

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