Distinctive Cooperative Housing for Active Adults  

Housing Director:

Office Hours & Phone:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday - Friday
(507) 285-5300

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Cooperative housing gives you the benefits of home ownership without the maintenance of a single-family home.

What is a housing cooperative?

A housing cooperative is a corporation in which members buy shares. As a shareholder, you are part-owner of the cooperative's building and land, plus your membership entitles you to live in your home in the building.

How are expenses handled?

Members each pay a portion of the cooperative's monthly operating expenses, including maintenance, taxes, principle, interest, and reserves. As a share holder, you play a part in the decision making of the cooperative. Management of the day-to-day operations is overseen by a Board of Directors that is elected by the members of the cooperative.

Why do people buy into a Cooperative?

Cooperatives are quickly becoming a popular new choice for active adults age 62 and above. Some of the reasons include:
  • Worry-free living - all building maintenance and repair is provided by the co-op's management. And, because your home and parking are contained within the cooperative's building, you never have to battle inclement weather. You have the comfort of knowing your home is a secured building.
  • Sense of community - cooperatives offer a community lifestyle for their members through planned social activities and special events.
  • Convenient - Fairway Ridge is located within minutes of downtown Rochester, major shopping malls, and the world-famous Mayo Clinic, as well as recreation facilities such as the Rochester Golf and Country Club.
  • Sound investment - the equity you invest is retained and increases in value.
  • Tax advantages - your share of the mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible.
  • Easy to sell - as soon as your unit is sold, you receive your original investment plus appreciation.

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