About Our Future Home
Our future home is a 3-storey low-rise building with 12 strata-titled units, ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms. We broke ground in Spring 2021 and expect to move in late 2022. Our building features the following amenities:
- Common house for shared meals, activities (includes our shared laundry facility)
- Common outdoor area
- Bike storage room plus additional storage area designed for cargo/family bikes
- Passive House construction for energy efficiency and comfort
- Four shared vehicle parking spaces, including one car-share program vehicle
- Exterior walkways on upper floors (allowing windows on two sides of each unit) with exterior patios
- High ceilings
Our building has been designed to encourage community interaction and relationship building, with a large courtyard at the centre of our development and wide outdoor walkways with space for patio furniture on upper floors.
Which units are still unclaimed?
2 bedroom plus lock-off suite (unit 33, 1036 sq ft)
Perfect for: folks who need the most flexible space
3 bedroom apartment (Unit 32, 853 sq ft)
Perfect for: young families and downsizers
3 bedroom townhouse (Unit 13, 1186 sq ft)
Perfect for: a family that needs space to grow
Studio (Unit 11, 518 sq ft)
Perfect for: a single person, a young professional couple or a retired couple, or someone with a disability
*Note that all unit sizes are rounded approximations and are subject to change.
** Final prices are not yet available (as of July 2021) but our developer, Tomo Spaces, is targeting market rate for Vancouver new construction (approximately $1400/square foot). Want to know more about prices and units? Connect with us directly.
What do the units include?
Each unit is self-sufficient – like a standard condo development – with traditional amenities, including a private kitchen. Like many cohousing communities, many of the units are on the smaller side. This is because of the generous common spaces, like a guest suite, means families don’t have to maintain more space than they need in their own households.
What is the common house like?
Shared spaces in cohousing typically feature a common house – which in our case incorporates a large kitchen, dining area, a large guest suite for visitors, laundry, and indoor recreational space.
Our common house is about 1,000 square feet. It is where we will share three meals per week and all kinds of other activities are possible. We haven’t yet decided on the look and feel of the room, but in cohousing we have the opportunity to make it “ours”!
Who is the developer? What is ‘cohousing lite’?
OUV has partnered with innovative developer Tomo Spaces to build a new cohousing model for Vancouver called “cohousing lite”. Tomo stands for “together more,” a name that reflects their belief that buildings should be designed to support the relationships of people who live in them. Tomo Spaces owned the land and has been working with the OUV community to create a project that looks and functions like any other cohousing community, but uses a streamlined process. Tomo absorbs most of the project risk, stickhandles the complex rezoning and development permitting process, and coordinates the contractors while OUV members focus on building our community, developing living together agreements, and bonding without having to dive into the details.