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What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared spaces. The residents have shared values and enrich each others' lives.


  • Each home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces

  • Shared building spaces include a Common House, which may include a large kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, guest rooms, office spaces and recreational spaces.

  • Shared outdoor space includes parking on the periphery, walkways, open space, and gardens.

  • The community also shares resources such as tools, lawnmowers, movies and books.

  • The people participate in the community through shared activities such as gardening, meals, celebrations, and holidays.

  • The community is self-managed through a participatory decision making process (we use Sociocracy).

  • Households have independent incomes and private lives, but individuals lives are enriched by collaboratively planning and managing the community activities and shared spaces.

Social Benefits of Cohousing

  • A Helping Hand.  Healthy communities offer the opportunity for help.  You need someone to watch your kids for an hour while you go to an appointment, you can cook a meal for a sick neighbour, fix a leaky tap, get a ride to the bus station or use the community car. Simple acts like these come more naturally in cohousing.

  • Fun. Lots of opportunities to enjoy card games, music, gaming, book clubs, shared Common House meals, etc... In a cohousing, there are facilities for these activities and more people for your recreational endeavour. 

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