Overview of Cohousing
Cohousing is an intentionally planned community of smaller private homes and a large community house. The homes provide private space. The community house is where families gather and spend time together most days and usually includes a large dinning area, kitchen, workshop, children area, laundry, and guest rooms. With this setup, cohousing encourages a culture of sharing and interaction with a balance of privacy. Residence choose through their level of involvement in community activities. In a typical setup, homes are tightly clustered, leaving space for orchards, organic gardens, play fields, forested land, and small gathering spaces along pedestrian pathways
Cohousing creates a village where
- children go out their door and play with friends in a safe environment (as the space is designed with cars on the periphery and people on the interior).
- adults interact frequently (e.g., nightly dinners) without having to arrange times to meet
- neighbors know each other and provide a support system in times of need
- people share infrequently used items (lawn mower, tools, etc.) reducing the cost and waste of purchasing these items separately
- residents do not share the same ideology, other than a desire to be part of a community that knows and supports their neighbors