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Dynamic Grange - A House Of Sound And Vision

Seeking people to form a collective within which we combine resources and use our economy of scale to buy a large and luxurious property focused on audio/visual entertainment and/or creation.

People who love music and movies are not well-suited to apartment or condo style living. Finding a detached living space that is large and secluded enough to be appropriate to play music, watch movies, or play an electric instrument at reference volume is extremely bad value in the greater London area.

Trying to do it alone is the wrong way to go about it. House sharing is growing in popularity all over the UK in response to the poor economics of sole home ownership – the Dynamic Grange project just wants to do it bigger and better. A group of people sharing a lifestyle in a mansion style complex with generously proportioned and well-utilised art and entertainment spaces, helping each other with initial cost, security, management, and upkeep - each for the cost of a good condo in the city.

The Grange will be ideal for musicians, hobbyists, film lovers, and artists in general who want to live in a lively house where one can come home and drop in on what’s screening or playing, and we can cross-pollinate our artistic experiences and/or do our own thing, as we please. It will be in close proximity to the M25 in order to support London access.

Although the plan will be to have residences comfortably sound isolated from jam/theatre spaces, this will not be a residence for ultra light sleepers. The ability to make noise when inspiration strikes is the entire point, and this right will be incontestable. Got a 9 to 5? Fine with us, but a minor sound bleed from our movie marathon at 4am is fine with you.

The property to be purchased will have on the order of a 20’ by 25’ music listening/movie watching room, with state of the art equipment (already secured), for the use of everyone present, available 24h. There will also be a jam/practice/project/anything else space with high ceiling and good acoustics, as well as one or two smaller collectively accessible practice or secondary viewing rooms. We can customise to our preference. Photo studio? Paint studio? Artisanal wood/machine shop? Let’s talk. Whatever it is that you can’t afford the space to do on your own, that’s what Dynamic Grange sets out to get done collectively.

Dynamic Grange is not a typical commune. There will be no required farming, religion, militant environmentalism, or cult-like behaviour in this collective (but the property will likely have significant grounds, and if members want to garden or farm, we can agree on how to do that). We aren’t trying to save the world, we’re trying to band together to be more fabulous. Pay your share of the bills, and enjoy the house amenities.

Dynamic Grange is NOT:
-A place for children. We are not restricting our screenings or lifestyles to G audiences. Children (friends and relatives) may visit under supervision, but the house does not cater to them.
-A frat house. Small parties of trustworthy people are encouraged and freedom of lifestyle will be respected, but there will be expensive things in the house and a significant sum will be spent by the collective on security, and we will agree on rules to ensure the safety of everyone’s instruments, equipment, and other valuables, as well as the personal security of residents and guests.

Looking to find 5-11 dynamic and considerate collaborators to come together and start planning and looking at possibly renting together during the pre-purchase phase.

message posted by Paul Jackson