our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

hot off the presses

July 29, 2017 artcle on OUV in the Globe and Mail.

membership closed

As of September 2016 we've closed our group to new members. We will let folks 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.  

Breaking News!  . . . We have a developer!  . . . We have a site!

Tomo Spaces + Happy City Labs + OUV

Nearly 2 years after our first information session and after 14 meetings with developers, we are happy to announce that we have found our partner - Tomo Spaces.  From the beginning we knew our version of cohousing would only work with a developer who shared our vision of a new housing model for Vancouver.

Tomo Spaces has just the model we were searching for. Tomo stands for "together more," a name that reflects the belief that how neighbours interact is key to designing housing. 

Tomo believes that sustainability, sociability and affordability goals are interconnected. By finding synergies in these three goals, Tomo aims to offer a new housing choice in terms of building form, tenure model, and social wellbeing.

We are pleased to announce the proposed new home for OUV will be at 5811 Main Street.

OUV and co-housing lite

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've found an innovative developer who owns land and wants to create a new kind of housing model for Vancouver. Each of us wil buy our own self-contained unit in Tomo House. The plans also include a large common space with kitchen and dining area for regular shared activities and a guest suite for visitors.

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. Our goal is to have more than 1/3 of our units for young families, 1/3 folks who are still working and a little less than 1/3 retirees.

Tomo Spaces has also partnered with Happy City Labs to bring the most current research to this project.

Award winning journalist Charles Montgomery asks through his book, Happy City"Can we design cities to maximize social interaction and increase happiness?"

Happy City takes Charles' work deeper and develops ground breaking research on how to design multi-family housing with social interaction in mind. Many of the principles in the Happy City June 2017 toolkit/report will be applied to Tomo House.

"We’ve gathered evidence from ideas in psychology, neuroscience, public health and other fields to identify how design influences sociability in multi-family housing."

OUV is proud to be part of the Tomo + Happy City collaboration.

coming events

Tomo presentation and business meeting Aug 19, 9-12 noonish
Athlete Village Co-op, 151 West 1st ave.
Facilitated by Kathy McGrenera.


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 

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:


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
  • found our developer with a site (Tomo Spaces)!
Members to date:

  • 8 Equity Member households
  • 1 Associate Member household