What is Cohousing?
Cohousing is an intentional, sustainable, neighborhood that was
conceived in Denmark about 30 years ago and has since spread throughout
the world. There are currently over 100 completed cohousing communities
in North America and more than 100 in various stages of planning or
construction. Twelve cohousing communities currently exist in Colorado.
Main Features of Cohousing Communities:
- Developed, owned, and managed by the residents.
- Individual homes are clustered around common facilities
designed for community activities, work, play and child
- Designed to enhance a small town, extended-family
atmosphere, and neighborhood solidarity.
- Multi-generational, mixed income families and singles.
- Sustainable use of resources such as community gardens,
workshops, recreational areas.
Links to More Information
The Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) actively
promotes the development of cohousing and other intentional communities.
Their Web site is a great source for information about the cohousing
process and about communities in the United States.
CoHousing Partners works with future residents to create socially
vibrant and environmentally sustainable communities. Our clients are
given the opportunity to envision, plan and create their own
neighborhoods, supported by the leading professionals in the field.
An architecture and consulting firm with offices in Berkeley and Nevada
City, California. Since 1987, the firm has provided complete
architectural services for a wide range of clients and is well known
internationally for the design of cohousing communities. They have also
written the book Cohousing, A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves
Conflict and Consensus
"On Conflict and Consensus: a handbook on Formal Consensus
decisionmaking", by C. T. Butler and Amy Rothstein of Food Not Bombs
Wonderland Hill Development Company
This developer is our partner in creating Casa Verde Commons.
Books about Cohousing
- The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for
Community, by Chris Hanson, 1996, Hartley &
- CoHousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing
Ourselves, by Kathryn McCamant, Charles Durrett, and
Ellen Hertzman, 1993, Ten Speed Press