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What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is a neighborhood design that combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of living in a supportive community. It features private ownership of complete, self-contained homes centered and focused around a community house and common space.

Once a group of interested households is formed, they participate proactively in the planning and development of their community. Since every community is unique, the features and design directly respond to the needs and desires of the members. Most communities choose to incorporate features of sustainable living, and tread more lightly on our planet through design elements such as shared open space, smaller dwellings, and building according to the natural features of the site itself.

The concept originated in Denmark in the 1970s, where there are now more than 700 cohousing communities. The idea was introduced to North America in the late 1980s, where there are now more than than 160 cohousing communities, with many more in various stages of development. For adults dismayed by traditional options for retirement and aging, cohousing is rapidly catching up as an exciting alternative.

For people 50+, cohousing provides a way to form strong social bonds and enjoy the benefits of a tight-knit community, all while enjoying the privacy and autonomy of living in a private home. Community members commit to growing older together, and because they have formed strong relationships, they support one-another as they age. Each community defines what they want this support to look like. Recent studies have shown that people living in cohousing communities feel they have a higher quality of life, better physical health, improved connection to nature, and even increased civic participation. A growing body of research shows that the benefits of cohousing far outstrip those of conventional living arrangements for older adults.

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To learn more about the cohousing model, visit The Cohousing Association of the United States' website. 'Coho' is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting the development of cohousing communities nationwide.