Our Urban Village, a Vancouver Cohousing Community

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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Just blocks from our doorstep: the new Oakridge Community Centre

A fifteen-minute neighbourhood walk. A five-minute rapid bus ride. A 6-minute bike ride. We’ll be just minutes away from the new Oakridge Community Centre, slated to be finished sometime in 2024. The centre is one of the community amenity contributions provided by the 28.4-acre redevelopment project of the old Oakridge Mall property. The new Oakridge …

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New Year, New Neighbours

All the best for the New Year! It’s going to be a big one! In 2022, Our Urban Village cohousing will be looking for the last 4 households to join our community and will celebrate the completion of construction late in the year. That’s a lot! Attracting new owners to our community is priority number …

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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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6 ways cohousing saves money (in the long run)

It is nearly impossible to build urban cohousing below market price. In a previous article we highlighted the reasons why: astronomical land costs, expensive common space, smaller communities, inexperience of cohousers and expensive change orders during the building process. But there are other savings for families thinking about cohousing to consider. Cohousers share a lot …

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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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