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Imagine living in a neighborhood where...

  • You find support from your neighbors through various day-to-day activities such as child-care, common meals, carpooling, etc.

  • Kids can run around and play safely in a car-free environment, free to explore and grow with friends who live close by

  • Seniors are able to age in place in a loving environment

  • Resources are shared, thus reducing strain on the planet and also giving you access to amenities you might not otherwise be able to afford (such as workshops, private yoga room, music and art studios, etc.!)

  • All residents work together to ensure that the community is a healthy place - leading to more socially connected and enriched lives!

  • All this while still having private space in own your home

Photos & Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects (The Cohousing Company) & CoHousing Solutions

Brief History of Cohousing

Cohousing was started in Denmark in the 1960s, and later studied by two American architects, Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. They wrote and published a book that introduced this innovative housing style to the U.S. in 1989, and have helped dozens of communities come to fruition since then. There are now over 165 cohousing communities in the U.S., and many more internationally! 

If you're curious about learning more, we'd recommend getting Katie and Chuck's most recent book Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communitiesas well as checking out the Cohousing Association of the U.S.

Featured on PBS NewsHour:

"Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation"

Cohousing Resources

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Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities

By Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durrett 

Written by the award-winning team that wrote the original "cohousing bible" in the 1980's and first brought cohousing to North America, this fully-illustrated manual combines nuts-and-bolts practical considerations and design ideas with extensive case studies of dozens of diverse communities in Europe and North America.

Purchase the book here.


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