About Cohousing and other Resources

coho-us-logoCohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground and a common house.

What are the 6 Defining Characteristics of Cohousing?

While these characteristics aren’t always true of all cohousing, together they serve to distinguish cohousing from other types of collaborative housing:

  1. Participatory process.
  2. Neighborhood design.
  3. Common facilities.
  4. Resident management.
  5. Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making.
  6. No shared community economy.

This is from Cohousing Association of US  website where you can read the complete article: Six Defining Characteristics of Cohousing

Other Cohousing Resources

Other CoHousing in our area

Suggested Reading

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian. An excellent source for community stories and recommendations about what works and does not work when building community CoHousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, with Ellen Hertzman, 2nd edition. An inspiring and informative description of how cohousing communities were created and how they are working. A highly recommended place to start! The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community by Chris and Kelly Scott-Hanson, revised edition. A nuts and bolts guide to developing your community. Tree Bressen’s extenstive book list What is Intentional Community?

Enjoy this 6 minute video about cohousing…

TED Talk
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10 minutes)

PBS News Hour Podcast:
Cohousing communities help prevent social isolation
(9 minutes)

Cohousing in the Area

cohousing map seattle area