Common House

Stone Curves Association is a cohousing development located in central Tucson, Arizona. It consists of 48 condominium units, but clearly represents a unique lifestyle. Stone Curves vision statement says it all – “A cohousing community that fosters diversity, respect for the environment, and harmony with each other and our greater community.” alt

Stone Curves is a self-managed association. For those not familiar with the concept of cohousing, Wikipedia defines it as “A type of intentional community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned, owned and managed by the residents – who also share activities which may include cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and governance of the community. Common facilities may include a kitchen, dining room, laundry, child care facilities, offices, internet access, guest rooms, and recreational features.”  The Common House is the focal point of the community. 

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The Common House was beautifully and carefully designed to offer something for everyone to enjoy.  On the ground floor is a library, a living room/TV room, office/computer room, a laundry room, a kids room, a sumptuous dining room, and a well-appointed kitchen, all surrounding a garden plaza.  On the second floor of the Common House you will see an exercise room, craft room, teen room, plus three guest bedrooms. In addition, there is a lovely swimming pool and hot tub.

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The design of the homes fits in well with Tucson's classic architectural style.

The Association recently a completed workshop/maintenance building and a children's playground complete with slump block tunnel and hillside slide and an enclosed dog run.

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In keeping with the spirit of the community, this was constructed entirely by members of the Association.  Consistent with the Association's vision, employing the principals of permaculture the project includes a community vegetable garden, herb garden, fruit trees, a chicken enclosure, and nine 1,000 gallon water cisterns that capture rare rainwater to use for irrigation and to minimize potable water usage. alt
And, if you're wondering where the "curves" in the Association's name comes from, you need look no further than the functional and artistic design of the walls surrounding and within the community.

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