Our New Home: Tomo House
Tomo House, our new home near 41st & Main in Vancouver, is a 3-storey low-rise building with 12 strata-titled units ranging from studio to 3-bedroom. Our home is built around the confluence of private space and community life. Each of our units is a complete home: a private full kitchen, bathrooms and living space. But the heart of our community is in the space we share and the way we’ve created our home together.
Tomo House has been designed with incredible collaborative care by a number of passionate project participants.
- Designed for community and sociability:
- The heart of cohousing: the Common House, for sharing meals three times per week
- Common courtyard for kids, cookouts and cake days
- Extra-wide exterior walkways on upper floors
- Places to bump into each other
- Designed for sustainability:
- Passive House construction for energy efficiency
- Cycling-oriented community: Bike storage, near Ontario Bikeway
- Transit-oriented location: Easy access to R4 RapidBus and Canada Line
- Vehicle parking spaces for four shared vehicles, including one Modo vehicle
- Designed for livability:
- Windows on two sides of each unit
- Large south-facing overhangs for shade
- LULA Lift (Limited Use, Limited Application) creates accessibility for strollers, mobility devices and grocery loads on every unit floor
- Shared laundry facility for units without in-suite laundry (studio/2-bed)
- Sub-ground storage for each unit
The members of Our Urban Village — the cohousers themselves — decided by consensus in summer 2020 to adopt the name “Tomo House” or “Tomo House on Main”. It’s safe to say there’s vibrant appreciation among the community for the value that Take Root/Tomo Spaces has brought to making a dream into a reality.
Can you imagine a partnership so strong that you’d like to name your home after them? Yeah, we’re that enthusiastic.
Which units are still unclaimed?
2 bedroom plus lock-off suite (unit 33/34, 1027 sq ft)
Perfect for: folks who need the most flexible space
3 bedroom apartment (Unit 32, 847 sq ft)
Perfect for: young families and downsizers
3 bedroom townhouse (Unit 13, 1147 sq ft)
Perfect for: a family that needs space to grow
Studio (Unit 11, 494 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 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, lounge, laundry room, bike room and storage room.
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.