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A cohousing community (forming) in London, Ontario, Canada 

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    Family oriented; a community for all ages

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    Designed by the members

    What's your vision? Members design the community from the ground up

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    Green living accomplished through resource sharing and mindfulness


What is cohousing?

Cohousing communities are highly collaborative neighborhoods, typically designed and developed from the ground up by the people who live there. A strong sense of community is their raison d'être. The physical design facilitates that intention whilst allowing members privacy, autonomy and home ownership (some communities do offer rental units). They take the concept of a pocket neighborhood a few steps further by adding extensive common spaces as well.

Communities typically use a condominium-style legal structure (although some other ownership models may be used). Members purchase their home and a share in the common spaces. A reserve fund is kept for maintenance and repairs etc.

The homes (be they single, detached houses, apartments, or anything in between) are private and fully functional (kitchen, bathroom(s), bedroom(s), living area), but foster ongoing community engagement through certain strategic design principles (such as peripheral parking, porches, common walkways and so on). The main feature of the common space is the 'common house'. This contains a community kitchen with a dining/meeting room, workshop, guest rooms, child play areas and just about anything else that the community decides it would like to have as a shared space (e.g. gym/yoga studio, music practice room, arts and crafts studio ... the list is endless).

Community meals may be routinely scheduled in the common house along with many other events, however, it's all up to the members to decide and agree on when and how they wish to participate. Decisions about the ongoing life of the community are made by a consensus or sociocratic methodology. Please visit our Events page for upcoming Information sessions in which you can learn more about our group and how to become a member.

Why would I want to live in a cohousing community?

We are an incredibly connected society – technologically speaking, but many people still find themselves socially isolated and lacking those real-life, face to face, human interactions that we require in order to maintain our mental, emotional and often, physical health. This isolation extends across all age demographics but is particularly prevalent amongst seniors. Loneliness has recently been declared as deadly as smoking. For all adults and particularly seniors, cohousing is one way to eliminate loneliness, without having to get in a car or onto a bus and leave your home in order to seek company. In cohousing communities, companionship and healthy human interaction is (typically) right there outside your front door! In addition, because of the community model, ageing well at home is readily facilitated.

Finding safe spaces for children to play is a problem often faced by families. Somewhere that has no cars, and where access is monitored by vigilant neighbors can be hard to find. Inter-, or multi-generational communities often incorporate safe play areas, and the younger members of the community have the benefit of frequent interaction with older members. Finding a baby or child-sitter whom you know and trust is often a piece of cake for cohousing members! Growing up under the consensus model, or other similar models, tends to make for young adults who are more socially aware and considerate, and who will seek the peaceful alternative(s) for themselves and others. For families or couples facing the challenges of shift-work or frequent travel, having such close community readily on hand to offer and provide support can help ease the burden of coping alone.