Interested in landlord-free, community-oriented living?
Bolin Creek Co-op, or The Bog, is a housing cooperative within walking distance of downtown Carrboro. We are interested in potential candidates to move into one 2-bedroom apartment in 2018. There may be availability in February, June/July, and August. We will be conducting interviews over the winter.
Each unit is over 800 sq. ft and has central heat and air.
The monthly carrying charge (“rent”) is $660/month. Water and electricity are not included and runs about $90/month together give or take. Wireless high speed internet is covered by the co-op. We have chickens, a beautiful garden, compost, and a cob pizza oven.
Our mission is to use the cooperative model for housing as means to accomplish six principles: affordability, perpetuity, dweller-control, sustainability, diversity, and community. We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic individuals with a love of community and grassroots organizing. We are responsible for our land, home maintenance, and fulfilling our financial obligations as a co-op. We conduct meetings based on consensus model of decision-making rooted in egalitarian ideals. Members are expected to attend meetings once a month and volunteer five or more hours (as needed) per month for coop-related tasks such as participating in the board, organizing repairs, attending shared work days, or gardening, for example.
Owners invest a total of $1000 as a share in the co-op ($500 of which is due when you sign your contract, and the other $500 due in addition to first month’s rent). This full amount will be returned to you upon leaving (tentative no damage to apartment), plus $40/mo earned equity beginning after 1 year. We request at least a year commitment, but preference is given to those that can commit to 3 years. Preference or housing is given to those that make 60% or below median income and have a household size of 2 or more, be it friend, partner or family. The apartments are small, and were built for households of 2-3 persons. We are less likely to accept students at this time as we are currently near our cap.
To apply, please download application below. Applications can be dropped off (100 Crest St. Apt D Carrboro), or e-mailed back to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review, and then an interview may be scheduled. Because this is affordable housing, applications that do not have income information supplied will not be considered.
Cats and dogs are welcome, but they must be good with other animals and safe around fenced in chickens. No on-site laundry, but there is a laundromat about a block away used by most residents, and it’s 24 hours.
If you are not interested in an entire apartment, there may be some roommate/single rooms available in a shared apartment or at our sister co-ops, HRC or CRC which are also listed above on this website. For families larger than three persons, Cedar Rock, which has three bedrooms and large living rooms, may be a preferable choice.
We accept applications year round for potential openings and keep them in file.
Visitors are welcome to tour the space and meet some residents! You are also welcome to attend a social event or work day to learn more about how the co op functions. If you can make co op living a central part of your life, we encourage you to apply.
You are a good fit for Bolin Creek Coop / “The Bog” if:
You have some free time to participate weekly and have many weekends free to be involved.
You enjoy working with others and communicate well.
You envision yourself owning the place you live instead of just renting.
You see yourself as internally motivated and as having some leadership skills.
You like being outdoors and experiencing nature.
You are motivated to do hands on projects like gardening or fixing things.
You want to be part of a community and know your neighbors.