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)

Sat., July 30th 4pm
Jericho Beach:  look for long tables near the concession stand and our OUV banner.
Let's take advantage of the beautiful weather, and get together for a beach barbecue.  Adults can socialize while the children play. We'll set up a bar-b-q.  Please bring drinks, a blanket, something to barbecue and something to share.
RSVP xkrcherie@gmail.com


Sunday July 31st

North side of Robson 1/2 block west of Thurlow in front of  the GAP.

Parade starts at 12 noon but come as early as possible to get your space. Use public transit or bike if you can --  the downtown core will be jammed. Look for our OUV banner, bring water, sunscreen, and a low chair.  Apres the parade join us for coffee at a nearby cafe or  at Sunset Beach for the festivities.

Let Carol know you are coming: carali@telus.net

Business Meeting  MEMBERS ONLY. Sunday, August 7, 9:30am-12noon, Athlete's Village Coop, 151 West 1st Ave.

Breakfast first then down to business.

RSVP kathy.sayers@yahoo.ca


Sunday, August 14th, 2 -7 pm.  

Meet at the grass park just west of Sasamat Street and Marine Drive. Rain or shine.  We will put up an awning and our banners.  Map to follow.  Informal information meeting: learn more about OUV!

RSVP judykyoto@hotmail.com


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


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 9 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
  • 2 Associate Member households