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What is Cohousing?

Lasting Friendships:

The community strengthens thier friendships through many different decision making processes during their collaborative journey: this creates and cultivates a method to develop community before and during construction: This is Cohousing.

Strong & Secure Communities:

In one way or another community members help to build their site and home. When communities are fully developed and operate on their own, everyone is familiar with one another (who they are and what they do); so in this sense everyone is looking out for everyone else’s interest and investment. This intentional design is unique to cohousing, a concept that benefits the greater community in many different ways: This is Cohousing.

The Developers team:

Cohousing developers specialize in facilitating the residents, the micro-investors, to develop community, purchase property, and build out “intentional” pocket-like neighborhood: This is Cohousing.

"It’s the Old-fashioned Community of the Future!"

What do we mean by, “it’s the old-fashioned community of the future?”

Need for Change in the USA:

When we look back into the past, back to the 1950’s through the 1980’s, communities were much closer and interwoven. Neighbors knew one another and there was a sense of place that people could identify with. It was a time when the population grew from 152 million in 1950 to 227 million in 1980 and to its current population of 314 million. Over that span of time, America has gone through many changes that has impacted the housing market, our communities, and has created negative barriers for people within our neighborhoods. Cohousing is a response and a solution to the negative impact; “the loss of community.” When we create community before and during construction the residents build and forge relationships through the decision making process which helps them get to know each other in ways that are very positive and healthy. Cohousing is a viable option for city planners and people to buy into since it creates smart growth plans for our towns and cities.

"Buildings Don’t Make Community People Do!"

Many developers over the last few decades built sprawl-type housing because it was profitable and easy. For many developers it’s about building a product first, hoping community would build itself not thinking that it could have negative consequences. The reprecussions are not only social, they are environmental, and physical.

Planning & Design:

Many developers are misinformed about cohousing and those that aren’t, are intimidated by it since it cuts into their profit, time and energy. Cohousing is a model that creates community first and helps to influence the decisions that go into the site planning and architecture. Cohousing developers partner with cohousers and the various trades in the building sector to develop, innovate, and design spaces; including finish schedules and legal documentation required for this cutting edge housing and development type. Cohousers will also decide the level of sustainability they’ll incorporate into the site. When a cohouser has finally moved into their future home, they are the most educated homeowners in the market.

"Why the Cohousing Model?"

Because this investment is about how to optimize your personal & financial wellbeing.

Past Trends:

Imagine the day when you’d say to your loved one, “well it looks like the new neighbors have moved in, let’s bake a pie and introduce ourselves.” After your initial introduction you’ll set up a dinner party or two to see how compatible you are with your new neighbors. With the build out of sprawl across the nation we are fortunate for those families that go out of their way to introduce themselves each time a new neighbor moves into the communtiy. This is the reason why we analyze the greater neighborhood before we invest into a new property: to size up the potential social network. With conventional sprawl that network could be next door or one or more blocks away. The point being; it’s natural to investigate community first before you consider purchasing your future residence.

The New Trend:

Cohousing is an option that advocates developing community and engaging your neighbors; before, during and after the build out of the intentional development. Cohousing developments typically range from 18 to 40 households. The intention is; before you make one of the most important financial decision in your life, you’ll have the option to bring more clarity about who some of your neighbors are going to be, which is very beneficial option. Unlike sprawl, cohousing offers future homeowners a social network that is already built into the development; the network is represented by the size of the community.

The residents will naturally make connections to the greater community as well. Often the cohousers become the anchor of their larger neighborhood; they’re proactive residents with common facilities that synergetically support the larger community. You can see why this housing model works because you are generating social capital and leveraging your investment with a variety of options.

"What Makes Cohousing Unique?"

Cohousing communities are designed with common facilities or common houses and a collaborative residential managment system designed to encourage proactive participation within the community.

Health & Security:

Sociologists have documented that being connected to others in community is healthier and promotes wellness for all ages. A well connected living environment where neighbors watch out for one another promotes safety and security.

Sense of Place:

By being part of an intentional, organized and effective effort to create a better and more attractive neighborhood, cohousing communities deliberately create a sense of place that resonates with it residents and the surrounding commuity in an organic approach people relate to. It’s stability and support systems offer a level of sustainability that other housing types do not achieve or even consider “valuable.”

Valuable Common Facilities:

Cohousing common houses or spaces are focal points for community activity within the neighborhood. The common facilities contribute to a more efficient and satisfying lifestyle that is economic; it achieves social sustainability among the cohousing residents.

Housing Value:

When compared to conventional neighborhoods, cohousing networks operate with a high level of sustainable designs. Designs that are integrated into the site and the landscaping, this is often referred to as the “Bones” of cohousing. The other component is termed the “Soul” which is the Community you get with your purchase of a new home.