What is Cohousing?
A cohousing community is a type of intentional community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned, owned and managed by the residents—who also share activities that may include cooking, dining, gardening, socializing and governance of the community.
The people in cohousing intend to live individually but in a community, since much in life is easier, often cheaper, and certainly more fun with other people around.
Seniors are often retired or partly so, with different interests and needs than younger families. Most of us want to downsize and simplify life. We’re all of an age, we get the same kind of creaks and cracks and appreciate a little help now and then, but we’re not looking for a nursing home or assisted living facilities. We walk, play golf, ride bikes and go to a gym or a theatre. But the key to that good life is community.
We get together at the Common House for meals 3 times a week; we have coffee or a glass of wine with a friend when we feel like it, or maybe we’ll settle the world’s problems on a rainy day in the garden shed or the shop. But we also enjoy sitting quietly at home to read or work on a hobby. We encourage each other to enjoy life, we help each other out from time to time, and it all works.
We each own our own home in townhouse-style condos, and we also own a share of our 6+ acre site, the Common House, bocce court, shop, art studio. We manage it all ourselves. And we have fun!
We hired McCamant and Durrett Architects, leaders of cohousing in the United States, and constructed 28 houses. Even before we started moving into our homes, our community was already thriving, growing, and looking to the future as we made plans to make our dream come true.