Our Urban Village, a Vancouver Cohousing Community

Meet and Greet and Picnic at Quilchena Park

We’re growing into a tight-knit community, and we’d like to bring our next six households into the fray as soon as we can! If you’ve toyed with the idea of engaging: get to know us at a social event, a low-key way to see if the community might appeal to you.

Saturday, June 27 – 4:00-6:00pm
Quilchena Park – at 33rd Ave and the Arbutus Greenway – find us near the playground.
Socially distanced / please BYO food!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com.

February Social

If you haven’t been able to meet us at one of our past events, or perhaps you did but want to know more, please join us at our February social. We will be sharing a meal, potluck style, from 6 – 8pm, on Thursday February 20 at 1068 West Broadway.

Kindly bring anything you want to drink and some food to share with the group. Children are encouraged to join! 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com.

2020 Canadian Cohousing Conference

This years cohousing conference will be held on Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10 at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive. The 2018 conference was hugely successful and sold out fast. This year’s expanded format is in a larger venue and includes two days of workshops and seminars.

Attendees can expect to learn about budgeting and bylaws, making sustainability work, how to set up car sharing, planning common meals and many other topics related to cohousing. You can find the full schedule here.

Along with our partner Tomo, OUV will be leading a session and describing how their partnership evolved and flourished. If you’ve been curious to know how cohousing is leading the charge in devising creative ways to establish environmentally and socially sustainable communities, look no further than this conference to learn and find out.

Early bird tickets are now available. We hope to see you there.

Open House/Info Session

Come join us to learn about our project and how to become a member:

Sunday, Feb 9 — 10am-12pm
133 E 8th Ave, Vancouver

RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com

You’re welcome to arrive at your convenience — there will be opportunities to meet with our community members and discuss different aspects of the project throughout the session.

We’re a family-friendly community; child minding will be available within the room.

Our Urban Village is a multigenerational, family-friendly cohousing community about to break ground on our new home near Main & 41st. We’re recruiting new members!

Cohousing is a community centred around social connections. We privately own our individual units, while our shared common house and courtyard are the social heart. We’re committed to regular shared meals. We value inclusivity, diversity and enjoying our vibrant urban neighbourhood.

Planning to attend? Please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com so we can know to expect you!

Family-Friendly Social Event at Sal y Limón

Who doesn’t love tacos? Join OUV for a casual weeknight dinner at kid-friendly Sal y Limón. Meet our villagers and learn more about the project. Come find us at a table by the kids’ play area!

Thursday, January 9 – 5:30-7:00 pm
Sal y Limón Mexican Restaurant (701 Kingsway – at Kingsway/Fraser)
RSVP appreciated but not necessary: ouvmembership@gmail.com
Formal child care will not be available, but we can help field your kids while you learn about the project

Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting Social

On December 8, we’ll be meeting at Main Street Brewing Co. for a brewery tour and beer tasting. If you are interested in joining the OUV community or interested in finding out more about cohousing, then this is a great opportunity to meet some of the members over a tasty brew.

We’ll be meeting at the brewery (261 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0B4) at 12 noon for the tour which should last about 40 minutes. This will be followed by a flight of beer in the tasting room. Cost is $19 each. Kids are welcome.

If you are interested in joining us for this event, please contact us.

Learning from Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing

We’ll be hosting a full day workshop with Sheila Hoffman from Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing (CHUC) on November from 9:30 am – 4:30pm.

Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood, CHUC is an inter-generational urban community committed to sustainable living. During the morning session Sheila Hoffman and Spencer Beard will guide us through some of their decision making processes, do’s and don’ts, successes and pitfalls. This will be a great opportunity for existing OUV members to learn and plan our community, and anyone interested in cohousing to learn from their experience.

The morning workshop will be followed by a short lunch and a brain storming session.

If you are interested in joining us for the day or part of the day, please contact us.

For more information on CHUC please have a look at the articles below:

The 9 families of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing share a modern building built on a solid concept
Pacific NW Magazine
Sept 9, 2018

How America Lives: Creative Housing Options for Boomers, Veterans, Millennials and More
Parade Magazine
August 10, 2018

A High-Performance Building for Cohousing
Communities Magazine
Summer, 2018

Communities Magazine
Cover story & 2 articles
Fall, 2017