our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

membership closed

As of September 4th, 2016 we've closed our group to new members as we pause to consider site options.  We will let everyone on our mailing list know when we begin to accept new members again.  If you want to be added to our mailing list, please email us through our contact page.  

welcome to our urban village

We are creating a new kind of multigenerational community where we each have our own apartment and our neighbours are already our friends.  We are adapting the cohousing model to reflect the realities of high housing costs in Vancouver. 

We call our model "cohousing lite."  Instead of designing our village from scratch as most communities do, we'll  work with a developer of quality homes who can assign us as many units as possible in a new complex.  Each of us would buy our own unit at market rates. Hopefully, that price will include our common space for regular shared meals and activities with our neighbours. 

We are a positive, energetic, community minded people who agree that it takes a village to raise a child and enrich the lives of adults. We want to create a community for young urban professionals, families with kids, mid-career folks and empty nesters.

Our wish list:

  • Walkable neighbourhood with access to transit
  • A nearby elementary school
  • 1 or 2 blocks off of a main street
  • Open concept units, 9 foot ceilings
  • Studios to 3 bedrooms, 400-1200 sq. ft.
  • Lots of natural light
  • Storage space for bikes and equipment
  • A common space with a kitchen, dining area and a guest suite

smart living

We think we can live smaller (and better) with great architectural design and furniture.

Happy City

Charles Montgomery's book, Happy City, inspired us to design OUV to maximize our interactions.  Take a look at Charles' TED talk to learn more:

coming events

Business Meeting for May TBA
Athlete Village Co-op, 151 West 1st ave.
Please bring a snack.
Presentation by developers coordinated by Kathy McGrenera.


NEW! Feature article in Vancouver Courier November 2016

Feature article in Vancouver Magazine September 2016 

Feature article in Life Edited Newsletter May 2016 

Feature article on OUV in the Globe and Mail April 2016

This City Life September 25, 2015 


OUV newsletter July 2016

OUV newsletter March 2016

OUV newsletter  January 2016

progress report

We've been hard at work.  So far we've:

  • met with 3 city councillors
  • met with a city planner
  • reached consensus on vision and values
  • met with 13 developers and an architect
  • held 5 workshops
  • held 3 public info sessions
  • hired our new facilitator, Kathy McGrenera
  • been selected as a project by UBC School of Architecture
Members to date:

  • 9 Equity Member households
  • 1 Associate Member household