Advantages of a Cohousing Community

David Oesper

Advantages of a Cohousing Community

  • Having a common house usually means that community members can live in a smaller, less expensive, home.
  • A variety of housing types can be offered: detached single-family homes, duplexes, apartments, etc. Multi-unit dwellings have shared walls and cost less to cool and heat than a single-family home that’s exposed to the outside air on all sides.
  • Homes are clustered around a common area, leaving most of the land undeveloped.
  • Many resources are shared so community members will not need to individually own and maintain everything they need or use; this is especially useful for items that are only occasionally needed.
  • All residents share in the decisions about maintenance, upgrades, and community activities. A consensus approach is usually used, where people keep talking with each other and refining their views until they reach a decision that everyone can agree on. Though this approach usually takes longer than hierarchical or majority-rules decision making, it leads to better decisions and does not alienate anyone.
  • Alone when you want to be, but never lonely
  • Allows one to work at home without feeling isolated

The Senior Cohousing Handbook, Second Edition, by Charles Durrett (2009): Chapters 1 & 2, Appendix C

Communal Living & Cohousing – Types & Benefits of Intentional Communities by Amy Livingston

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