About Cohousing

Neighbors gather on the porch at Nevada City CohousingWhat is Cohousing? Caring for the Earth. Caring for People.

Cohousing communities are small-scale neighborhoods that provide a balance between personal privacy and living amidst people who know and care about each other.

People live in private homes yet enjoy convenient access to shared space including a common house with facilities such as a gourmet kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities, guest rooms, library and sitting areas, and workshops.

A High Value on Community

Each home is entirely self-sufficient, complete with a kitchen, but residents often prepare common meals together in the kitchen of the common house. These meals are very appealing to those with busy lives and most residents choose to participate.

Simplify Your Life

Cohousing developments are designed, planned, and managed with a high degree of resident participation. Most major decisions are arrived at through a consensus decision-making process. These developments are based on democratic principles that espouse no ideology other than the desire for more practical and social home environments. Communities often include a diverse mix of people, including singles, couples, and elders. Most communities strive for a multi-generational, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood that encourages frequent interaction with neighbors.

Environmental, Social and Economic Sustatinability

There are 120 completed cohousing neighbor-hoods in North America. An estimated 60 cohousing groups are in various stages of the development process. These stages range from newly formed groups, whose members are just being introduced to the concept of cohousing, to those that are well into the planning and construction process.

Connection and Security

The cohousing concept was created in Denmark over 25 years ago with over 125 such communities in that country alone. As the movement has developed in the United States, some decidedly American characteristics have emerged in order to meet the needs of the culture.

Communication between cohousing communities is facilitated by individual list-servers and through The Cohousing Network, a non-profit organization. If you would like to learn more about cohousing, click on the links below for references to other communities and additional sources.

Senior Cohousing – Cultivating a healthy lifestyle

Senior cohousing neighborhoods are built with the future in mind.

• Using universal design, each living space can transition from a home for an active lifestyle to one that supports progressing needs for accessibility.

• Common areas, indoors and out, are designed to provide easy access and recreation for all levels of physical ability.

• Studio residences can be included in a community’s common house to provide living quarters to home health aides whose services may be shared by several residents, allowing members to remain at home for all but major medical emergencies.

Downsize, walkable, age in place, community

To learn more about Wolf Creek Village or to obtain additional information about membership, call (800) 558-3775 email info@wolfcreeklodge.org
or call CoHousing Partners at (530) 478-1970 email info@cohousingpartners.com

Frequently Asked Questions

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