What is Cohousing?
Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space. Each attached or single family home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen. Shared spaces typically feature a common house, which may include a large kitchen and dining area, laundry, and recreational spaces. Shared outdoor space may include parking, walkways, open space, and gardens. Neighbors also share resources like tools and lawnmowers.
Privacy and Community
Households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces. Community activities feature regularly-scheduled meals and common activities.
Neighbors commit to being part of a community for everyone's mutual benefit. Cohousing cultivates a culture of sharing and caring. Design features promote frequent interactions and close relationships.
Cohousing communities support residents in actualizing shared values. Cohousing communities typically adopt green approaches to living. Decision making is participatory and often based on consensus.