What is the history of Quimper Village?

As the timeline shows, we are moving remarkably fast. We have been fortunate in having original members or finding new ones with valuable experience and skills. The hard work of Members with real estate experience helped us quickly find several possible sites, and then to get a great deal on purchasing our six acre site in town. Other Members developed and implemented financial and legal plans (with hired professional help in legal areas). We were able to secure the services of Chuck Durrett and Katie McCamant, the architects who brought cohousing to the United States from Denmark. With their assistance and guidance we planned our site, designed the Common House and our personal townhouse-style houses, and prepared the Planned Unit Development application now out for approval by the City.

But as Chuck and Katie told us, and told us, and then told us again: community is the critical component, not the houses. Quimper Village is no small matter, no idle notion: it’s a very real commitment, of time, money and our futures. We expect the completed project to cost in the range of $9 - $10 million. The original five Member households (nine people) believed it could be done: that they could trust each other and find more people to join in that trust. We’re sold out now - 28 Member Households (44 individuals). And we still trust each other. We’re a real community, not just a group.

But community is something worth working on, strengthening. Our operational system is based on the concept of dynamic governance, organized in teams that work by consent within the Team and, on important decisions, by consent of the Members at large. We don’t vote, because we don’t want to choose sides. We want everyone to accept what we’re all doing. To the amazement of more than a few people, it works remarkably well. While we wait out the City approval process and the winter we’ll work on community building, writing our covenants, planning the furnishing of the Common House and equipping its kitchen, deciding where to plant the trees—that sort of thing.