Couple creating cohousing community in Point Loma
by Carol Kaufman
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Jim Condon and Stefania Aulicino
Jim Condon and Stefania Aulicino
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In 2012, Jim Condon and Stefania Aulicino left their home in Chicago to travel, with the intent on designing the second phase of their lives. The couple spent a year living in Asia, returned to Chicago, then continued on into the U.S. and Canada. It was in Vancouver where they discovered the concept of cohousing and were immediately hooked.

“We had one year of traveling under our belt before landing in Vancouver,” says Condon. “There, we stumbled upon a cohousing lecture given by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, the couple that brought the cohousing concept from Denmark to the U.S. They’ve written several books on the subject.”

Continuing on with their travels, Condon and Aulicino, now in their mid-60s, ended up visiting 15 cohousing communities in six different states, plus British Columbia.

“We emerged themselves in this newfound passion of ours,” says Condon. “Stefania would set up appointments with cohousing members. We visited a brand new, four-story, urban cohousing community in North Carolina, and were so impressed with what we saw, we knew this lifestyle was for us.”

No longer wanting to deal with cold winters, they made several trips to San Diego before they decided that the city had everything they wanted – except a cohousing community.

They moved to Point Loma in 2016 and with dogged determination, and backgrounds in civil engineering and investment banking, they got to work researching real estate land costs and going forward creating San Diego Urban CoHousing – San Diego’s only cohousing community.

“When starting a new community,” adds Aulicino, “you have to have the visionaries; at least one burning soul who is determined to make it happen. That person happens to be me.”

Condon and Aulicino are designing a 25-unit, self-managed, environmentally sustainable, adult community in the Point Loma area, close to bus lines, shopping and restaurants. Since they chose to be car-free, walkability and close bus lines are key factors.

Residents will have their own private condos and jointly own and maintain all common spaces, including a common house/kitchen where they can share meals several times a week.

“Stefania is a great networker and strategic thinker,” says Condon. “With a background as a Wall Street investment banker and financial advisor, she understands how to network, organize and educate.”

Realizing that creating a cohousing community in San Diego requires the necessary legwork, they’ve met with local developers, city planners, architects – even UC San Diego’s urban planning students who have adopted their project as a class assignment. The two have also given talks at the local venues, and continue to host monthly potlucks.

Says Aulicino: “Once we have enough paid members to reach $10,000, we can hire a consultant knowledgeable with cohousing development. From getting control of the piece of property to moving in can be about a two-year process, as long as the project keeps moving forward.”

They estimate that pricing will start at $360,000 for a one-bedroom condo, current with the San Diego market rate.

“The most challenging part of this project is building a community,” says Condon. “We’ve had many fits and starts, from larger paid-in groups to members dropping out for various reasons. We are focusing on where we want to end up; how we get there depends on a number of factors. San Diego wants greater density and we will be meeting that need. We only need to attract the people who want this cohousing community as much as we do.”

For more information, email: stefania@capitallinkusa.com or visit www.ic.org/directory/san-diego-urban-cohousing.

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Mike Thompson
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December 27, 2018
These people are complete scam artists. I've had the displeasure of meeting them once and you can tell from the start they are not playing with a full deck of card upstairs. They want to raise 10K so "we can hire a consultant knowledgeable with cohousing development."

But just before that comment they talked about how they have spent years traveling the world becoming experts on this subject, but then say they need money to hire an expert.
Keri Seagraves
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December 26, 2018
My email is KeriS1022@outlook.com
John Corado
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December 22, 2018
I would echo Keri's comment. Stefania and her husband are not people to trust or be involved with in any type of transaction especially one where finances are concerned. I have had terrible business experiences with Stefania, her husband generally seems along for the ride in whatever scheme she derives and plays along with the scam. Even the comment in this article about obtaining $10,000 dollars to hire a consultant, wouldn't you think a Wall Street investment banker would know how to fund a project like this and not be trying to scrape together such a small amount of cash. Scam.
Lisa Tansey
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December 25, 2018
Hello John,

Would you please elaborate? Those are strong words and I am curious to know what the event(s) were that make you say them. I've joined the SDUC and been going to meetings with Jim & Stefania for over a year and have not encountered anything like you describe.

Thanks.

-Lisa
John Corado
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December 29, 2018
Lisa, I could however I believe my comments summarize my and our businesses experiences with the two. I would prefer not to go in to specific details as I don't feel it appropriate in a public forum but feel it important to let others know these two are not honest or trustworthy individuals. It appears from others comments here that I am not alone in my experiences with them. I wish I had known before.
Keri Seagraves
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December 18, 2018


Hello,

Please be aware of Stefania Aulicino. She is not interested in Cohousing she is interested in living free of charge and using the cohousing approach to scam others into investing. Believe me, you do not want to live near this woman. She's been terrorizing her complex in Point Loma since she's arrived in San Diego.

Lisa Tansey
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December 25, 2018
Hello Keri,

Would you please elaborate? Those are strong words and I am curious to know what the event(s) were that make you say them. I've joined the SDUC and been going to meetings with Jim & Stefania for over a year and have not encountered anything like you describe.

Thanks.

-Lisa
Keri Seagraves
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December 26, 2018
Hi Lisa,

If you are a member of SDCU then you have been to the courtyard in our complex where Stefania and Jim reside. My husband and I have lived in our unit for over 8 years and in 2016 these bozos moved in below us. Since then ours lives have been a complete nightmare. We have been constantly harassed by this woman since the very 1st day she moved in. She complains about EVERYTHING. We've even received noise complaints when we were vacationing 3000 miles away. She harasses children at our pool daily. Security has stopped responding to her. She rents out her 2nd bedroom daily to complete strangers and homeless people putting our complex in danger. I've seen people from SDCU literally running out of her "meetings", she's even written a blog on how to live for free! Believe me, run don't walk away from these scam artists. After 8 years of living in our Condo we are now moving to a house because after our experience with those 2 as neighbors, I vow NEVER to live in an a condo or apartment ever again. My email is Keri1022@gmail.com if you would like to discuss anything further.
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