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208 North St

(google map)

available jan 8

cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
laundry on site
no smoking
street parking
no private bath
private room

Not ready for buying a home, but looking for a step-up from renting from an out-of-town landlord or sharing a flat with strangers?

The Nickel City Housing Cooperative might be for you. (Check out the links at the end of this ad for more info on cooperatives!

TL,DR: Being a cooperative means we care for the property, do chores, and cook for each other (food is a shared expense). It's not a boarding house, but intentional living is awesome. :)


Nickel City FAQ's:

Here are the deets:

We offer an alternative form of collective living--a democratically run autonomous household for our members at our two homes--Ol' Wondermoth (208 North, the corner of North and Elmwood), and Plankton House (126 Fargo, one in from the corner of Fargo and Jersey).

Nickel City Housing Cooperative was founded in 2001 with the mission of fixing up vacant properties in Buffalo to provide affordable and cooperative housing. We are all members of North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) and our homes are leased to us by NASCO Properties, making us unique here in Buffalo because we have the support and assistance from a national network of housing cooperatives.

Plankton House at 126 Fargo has 1 rooms open, which rent for about $260. Ol'Wondermoth is currently interviewing for one open room, which will be between $360 - 425 per month.

On top of rent, food and utilities (F&U) is a monthly fee of either $170 (Plankton) or $185 (Ol'Wondermoth), depending on the house. F&U pays for food, gas, electric, and internet/phone (seriously we have a house phone). Food includes bi-weekly shops as well as a well-stocked bulk room--be sure to look out for the 11 lb dark chocolate bar on the tour of Ol'Wondermoth!

Benefits of living at Nickel City:
* Being your own landlord
* Fantastical parties and musical shows
* Being part of a complex community ecosystem
* Home-cooked healthy dinners
* Living in a cool old building
* 11 lb dark chocolate bars
* Getting really good at intentional communication
* Wireless internet
* On-site laundry
* all the common space
* Tons of ongoing community activities

What you're signing up for by becoming a member at NCHC:
* Weekly house meetings
* 4 General Assemblies per year. GA is a 4 hour meeting where members make organization-wide decisions. But we make it fun--there's always food and and silliness as well as serious stuff.
* 2-4 hours of chores per week
* Cooking dinner for 15 people 2-3 times per month

But, perhaps most importantly, by becoming a member of Nickel City Housing Co-op, you are signing up for participating in intentional and proactive communication with the other 10-13 people you live with.

About our houses:

* A few blocks from Allentown
* A couple blocks from Niagara Cafe, right next to Tipico Coffee!
* One block from D'Youville and within a few miles of Buffalo State College
* Probably haunted
within a couple minutes walk of Tops
* Porter/Richmond bike routes also only a block away
* Only a block away from #3, 5 and 22 bus lines
* Quiet, calm environment in a residential neighborhood
* Big backyard, also an amazing porch
* Not literally a mansion, but still pretty cool
* Has a freaking turret

Ol' Wondermoth:
* Within Allentown, and the corner of Allen and Elmwood is just down the block
* The Intersection Cafe and Grindhaus are there to provide for your caffeine needs if you can't wait for our in-home french press. :-)
* Probably haunted
* Right around the corner from some exciting businesses and art galleries
* First Friday gallery walks are right in your front yard!
* Price Rite and Elmwood Market within a minute's walk
* 24 hr walgreen's a 3 minute walk
* On Elmwood
* 20 bus stops right at the corner--you can run out the door while the bus is stopped at the light and still catch it. It's awesome.
* lots of free activities
* Big front yard with an amazing porch
* It's literally a mansion

Want to stop by? Join us at our potlucks:
Mondays at 7:00PM at Plankton (126 Fargo Ave)
Wednesday at 7:00PM at Ol' Wondermoth (208 North St.)

The full process to become a member is to fill out an application at our website and then to attend two dinners, preferably a potluck at each house, and then attend a meeting at the house you are applying to.


This process generally takes about a month, but can be much shorter (like, a week) with the right super-enthusiastic applicant who keeps in close contact with us after filling out an application by attending both potlucks and doing their best to meet everyone.

Contact info:

nickelcity.membership [a t] gmail [d o t] com

Plankton (leave message): show contact info
Ol' Wondermoth: show contact info

If responding to this craigslist ad, please mention "cooperatives" in your email or we will assume it is spam. :D

For more info on us and on cooperatives, check out these links:
Nickel City FAQ's:

We are generally ok with cats and dogs and other small pets, but we definitely need to meet any dogs as part of your membership process, and you will need to let us know about other pets. There is a $250 pet deposit fee which can be discussed at a house meeting. Plankton currently has 3 cats and can only accommodate 1 more cat or 1 dog; Ol' Wondermoth is open to dogs and cats in theory.

We love children and welcome applicants with kids!

We strive to be is a safer space for all people of marginalized communities, and we encourage your application.

We hope to meet you soon!
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