Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes oriented around shared space.
Each unit is self-sufficient – like a standard condo building – with traditional amenities, including a private kitchen. What makes cohousing different are the shared spaces centred around a common house, which in our case incorporates a large kitchen, dining area, laundry, and indoor recreational space. Our building has been designed to encourage community interaction and relationship building, with widened outdoor walkways allowing for patio furniture, all looking onto a central courtyard. Households are independent, but neighbours collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces.
For people who love urban living this could be a great fit for you. Based on the experience of other similar cohousing groups, like Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle, we know there is added value of living in a great community on a smaller footprint.
Is Cohousing for You?
If you nod in agreement to the majority of these statements, then you might want to consider cohousing.
You are seeking meaningful connections with your neighbours and want to raise your kids in a warm community.
If we’ve learned anything during the pandemic it’s that we can’t take any of our relationships for granted. Building those links close to home just makes sense.
You like to share stuff and skill as a way to reduce your footprint on the planet.
Being able to borrow a pressure cooker or pasta maker from your neighbour seems like a very attractive proposition. And why call a plumber when there’s one next door?
You want to age in place surrounded by lively multigenerational neighbours.
Why wouldn’t you want to be surrounded by a vibrant group of people of all ages who want to support each other. Aging is tough enough without having to do it on your own.