Cohousing


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Cohousing

Development pattern in which multiple (typically 8–30) privately owned houses or housing units are clustered together with some commonly owned spaces, such as a common workshop or greenhouse. Automobiles are typically kept to the perimeter of the community, creating a protected area within the community where children can play. Usually, residents are closely involved in all aspects of the development, from site selection to financing and design.
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Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents.
The concept of cohousing is based on groups of people getting together to build customized, small developments and neighborhoods that combine private homes with community connections, obligations and spaces.
Clever solutions to living smaller and better abound, and now the Simply Home Community, a new cohousing village in Portland, Oregon, has joined the mix.
Le cohousing peut se traduire par "residence collaborative" et se base sur une philosophie de partage des services communs.
Some options that have received positive reviews: Going abroad for long-term care; building a cottage in a family member's backyard for the older adult to live; cohousing in a development with a private home, but shared common facilities like a kitchen; and cruise-ship living.
Cohousing is an increasingly popular form of tenure that combines elements of private and collective ownership and affords its occupants a combination of the advantages of individual proprietorship with some of the benefits of living in a community that shares some of its space and activities.
Illustrations, applied real-life examples, and discussions of cohousing options cover all the basics, from how to get a group off the ground and obtain housing financing to handling cars, residency issues, and more.
Children of the 1960s might be forgiven for experiencing a "blast from the past" when observing the more recent advent of cohousing communities--some 120 of them to date--throughout the United States.
The Burlington Cohousing Group partnered with the City and Champlain Housing Trust to develop the Burlington Cohousing East Village (East Village) project, a sustainable and affordable housing development that aligned both with the goals of the Burlington Legacy Plan and the City's affordable housing initiatives.
Creative innovations in work are afoot now, such as more workplace democracy, flex time, shorter work weeks, cooperative ownership of workplaces, a minimum and maximum wage, employee stock option plans, consensus decision-making, together with simpler living, cohousing, putting monetary value on helping one another and on cleaning up our world, giving parents more time with children.
I live in Hartland, Vermont, in a cohousing community called Cobb Hill.