What is Cohousing?
What follows is a brief synopsis of cohousing. To learn more about cohousing, please visit the Canadian Cohousing Network. Their FAQ page is particularly informative for those new to cohousing. There are more than a dozen completed cohousing communities in Canada, and at least 18 in the forming, development or construction phases.
Cohousing is a unique kind of housing – planned, financed and owned by a group of people who become the residents. This housing model is about consciously creating trust and friendship amongst a group of people who choose to live independently yet in a community-minded way.
Typical Cohousing Characteristics
- Fully-equipped, privately-owned units (homes)
- Homes are planned and arranged in a way that fosters community-oriented living with gardens, walk ways and play areas
- Shared amenities such as a large kitchen & dining room with opportunities for shared meals, a multi-purpose space for activities, and guest suite(s)
Cohousing consultants, Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, explain the fundamentals of cohousing like this:
- Complete private units + extensive common facilities
- Deliberate community-oriented design
- Participatory process
- Complete resident management
- Non-hierarchical structure
- Separate income sources
Get a head start on becoming a member of our project!
We ask all prospective members to do the following during their orientation process with us:
- Familiarize yourself with the Canadian Cohousing Network website. Read all parts of the “About Cohousing” section.
- Watch this video introduction from the Canadian Cohousing Network (longer version here).
- Read one or both of the following books (try the library or borrow from us):
- Creating Cohousing – Building Sustainable Communities by Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durrett
- The Cohousing Handbook by Chris ScottHanson & Kelly ScottHanson
Photos of Cohousing communities that inspire us