our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

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 (currently around $750 to $850 a square foot).  Hopefully, that price will include our common space for regular shared meals and activities with our neighbours. 

We are seeking positive, energetic, community minded people who agree that it takes a village to raise a child and enrich the lives of adults. We are looking 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.

coming events

Coffee chats and questions answered

(call Kathy at 604-736-1287)

Fraser Street walkabout. EVERYONE WELCOME

Saturday August 27, 10am.

Come see for yourself one of the neighbourhoods OUV is considering. Meet at B√Ętard Bakery 3958 Fraser Street to explore possible housing sites and get to know the neighbourhood.

RSVP judykyoto@hotmail.com

Business meeting MEMBERS ONLY

Sunday Sept. 4, 9:30 Breakfast, Meeting 10-12 noon

Athlete's Village Co-op, 151 West 1st Ave. (Enter through courtyard at back of the building since buzzer doesn't work)  

Facilitated by Kathy McGrenera

Special Meeting Presentation by TERRA Housing's Simon Davies

Sunday Sept. 18, 9:30 Breakfast, Presentation 10-11am, facilitated discussion by Kathy McGrenera, 11-12noon.


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.

The Courier  November 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 10 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:

  • 12 Equity Member households
  • 4 Associate Member households