About Cohousing and other Resources

Cohousing 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.

Common Characteristics of Cohousing


  • Neighbors commit to being part of a community for everyone’s mutual benefit.
  • Cohousing cultivates a culture of sharing and caring.
  • Design features and neighborhood size (typically 20-40 homes) promote frequent interaction and close relationships.

Balancing Privacy and Community

  • Cohousing neighborhoods are designed for privacy as well as community.
  • Residents balance privacy and community by choosing their own level of engagement.


  • Decision making is participatory and often based on consensus.
  • Self-management empowers residents, builds community, and saves money.

Shared Values

  • Cohousing communities support residents in actualizing shared values.
  • Cohousing communities typically adopt green approaches to living.

This is from Cohousing Association of US  website where you can read the complete article.

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?  Finally the classic cohousing books by founder Charles Durrett: Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities and The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living.

Cohousing in the Area

cohousing map seattle area