Our Urban Village, a Vancouver Cohousing Community

Author: christine

Urban vs rural

My friend Cathy and I ride our bikes along the streets of Vancouver often and find ourselves admiring various houses and have concluded that we suffer from “lot” envy. It’s disheartening to see huge lots with a single family home. We’re constantly comparing those lot sizes to our future development. On Instagram and Facebook, I’ve …

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The accidental cohousers

“We are not planners,” says Julia. When she saw the notice for a cohousing info session she thought, “It’s a couple of blocks from our house, I really don’t know anything about cohousing and it sounds sort of interesting. Why not?”  She and Lee packed up their new baby and their three year old and …

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Know thy neighbour

One of the great things about cohousing is that you get to know your neighbours before you move in. It takes time to build a cohousing project. But during that period, you’re forging friendships with the people you’ll be living with later. Here are just a few things our community members share. Sharing skills When …

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Prairie girl finds community, again

When Chris’s parents emigrated from Vietnam, they were asked to choose where they wanted to live. Knowing nothing about Canada, they decided that the middle of the country seemed sensible. So they chose Saskatoon. The first snowfall was a life altering experience for them. “What have we done?” they asked. “In retrospect, they made a …

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Now you see it, now you don’t!

Getting a site ready for demolition is a weeks’ long process. Our building is replacing a 1950’s era duplex, and pulling out recyclable materials like wood takes time. So does the safe removal of asbestos and insulation before demolition can begin. We’ve grown used to seeing almost imperceptible changes on our site daily. When we …

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Construction update photo gallery

Our construction partners have been working steadily since April. The old house at Ontario Place and Main is now gone. In its place is a big hole! The site has been cleared and excavation is underway. We’re so thankful for all of our wonderful partners: TOMO Spaces (developer), MA+HG (architect), the Haebler Group (builder), and …

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During a time of social isolation, cohousing builds community

Residents of Nanaimo’s only intentional community illustrate what living together really means. Do you know your neighbours’ names—first and last? What about their birthdays? Although cities are becoming more dense and technology has made the ability to connect with each other instant, the emotional distance between some people continues to grow. But connection is hardwired …

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My big cohousing adventure in Langley

If you’ve ever wondered how one goes about planning, designing and building a cohousing community a recent article posted in the Tyee, may answer some of these questions. Elizabeth Rosenau, a retired pharmacist currently living in Maple Ridge, has joined a group of like minded people who are planning a cohousing project in Langley. The …

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