our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

cohousing lite 

Our group became interested in creating a "village" by participating in a cohousing project. We loved the concept.  Cohousers buy their own apartments and share common space with their neighbours for occasional meals and other activities. They find and purchase land, design their building, and hire professionals to help them build it. 


Unfortunately, the process is an onerous one (4 - 6 years or longer on average) and the vast majority of cohousing projects run into insurmountable roadblocks. This is especially true in Vancouver with it's sky-high land costs and complicated building approval processes.


During our exploration we met some amazing people who we would really love to have as next door neighbors. We asked "Can we find an easier way to create the community we want?"


We think we have.


By using a seasoned, quality builder of a development that's already in the planning stage, we don't have to take the significant financial risks of paying for land, or finding architects, project managers and builders. 


By purchasing our own individual units, we are not financially liable for the purchases of our neighbours.  By creating just the common space we need, we aren't forced to pay for the larger common area usually required in a cohousing development.


Most important, by finding compatible and interesting neighbours who want an urban village experience, we have the great privilege of living among friends.


affordability

From the Canadian Cohousing Network:


"To date cohousing is rarely subsidized. Participants are generally those who can afford to buy their own home and the cost is approximately market rate. There are exceptions however, and new models for financing and developing cohousing are constantly being explored in the attempt to create more affordability." 


Neighbours who want to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world have to figure out how to build and live smarter.  We think great design and innovative furniture can make smaller spaces work. 


For many urban families, built in playmates, shared resources and city amenities more than make up for a big back yard.  Using community guest rooms for visitors means you don't have to pay for that extra bedroom.  And, having a common space extends your living room and lets you connect with more people more easily and at no extra cost.