Our Urban Village, a Vancouver Cohousing Community

Author: christine

Unit 11, Studio (494 sq ft)

This apartment feels like a town house with its own entrance off tree-lined Ontario Place, its own front patio and higher ceilings (approx 13′) than the rest of the units, which makes it seem larger. There is no wasted space in this unit. It contains an open-concept kitchen (with dishwasher), living and sleeping areas and …

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Is urban cohousing cost effective?

There is no escaping the fact that housing in Vancouver is expensive. It’s all people talk about here in the city (apart from the rain) so despite all the great positives of living in cohousing it should be no surprise to anyone that market-priced cohousing also has a high entry point. As house prices continue …

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Developer Mark Shieh sees shared living spaces as a way to bring fractured communities together

Mark Shieh understands the power of transformative spaces — he started his career working as an Imagineer for the Walt Disney Company, designing theme parks. “I still have a little of that pixie dust in me,” he says, recalling how transfixed he was by the magic of Disney’s parks and how they felt like the …

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Tomo and OUV — a bit of history

In 2017 Our Urban Village began a partnership with innovative developers, Tomo (formerly known as Take Root) to build a cohousing community using a model that hadn’t been tried before in North America. OUV’s founders were struggling to find a way to build cohousing in one of North America’s priciest housing markets. When the cost …

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Viking adventurer

Carol’s Norwegian roots are obvious in her fair complexion and height, but the wandering spirit of her Scandanavian ancestors wasn’t apparent in the first years of her life. “We lived on a farm in Saskatchewan and regularly saw our extended family. Chickens, farm animals, open space — it was a wonderful childhood,” she says. When …

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Excavation underway

In the past few weeks our project has gone from the removal of the single family home on the site to a giant hole in the ground. It’s been astonishing to see how quickly progress has been made. First a digger appeared on site and next thing you know, there’s a hole in the ground. …

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