What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhood. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to with the community we seek.

Cohousing residents consciously commit to living as a community. The neighborhood’s physical design encourages both individual space and social contact. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities, such as open space and a common house which usually includes a large commercial kitchen and dining room, children’s play spaces, guest rooms, art space, exercise rooms, —whatever the residents wish to incorporate into their community. We will also build a working shop stocked with all forms of tools.

Imagine a neighborhood where:

  • Kids are free to run and play together along car-free paths and in a central area in sight of their homes.
  • Neighbors know each other well and, if they choose, prepare home cooked meals in a comfortable common house.
  • Residents live much more sustainably after building wisely and then sharing common facilities with a small footprint.
  • Neighbors own their individual homes and make decisions about their community.
  • The community shares meal prep in the common house depending on the wants and needs of the group
  • Imagine living in cohousing…

To explore cohousing communities already in existence, visit the Cohousing Association of the United States website.

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