Cohousing is a concept about shared spaces and living with community. Each day more articles and radio shows discuss the subject of how and where to live, especially as we grow older. What are our choices? Talk of the Nation, on NPR.org has aired many great shows on this subject.
Update: September 2010 -Cohousing is being planned for Mountain View California.
Co-housing Community Planned for 445 Calderon
More info, in an article written by Katherine Forrest Local residents are in the process of planning for a new “old-fashioned neighborhood” on a piece of property at Calderon and Velarde. This is a “first” for Mountain View, and it represents part of a growing interest in cohousing nationwide.
There are several projects like this in the United States and other countries. Most CoHousing has tennents that include environmentally and social sustainability. The basic idea is that residents work together to establish a community and cooperative environment. This kind of housing flies in the face of the anonymous apartments and beehive high rises and neighborhoods where no one knows anyone. Of course, creating COMMUNITY can be accomplished in many ways. These developments are build with cooperative spirit and a sense of neighborliness. Residents have their own homes, but there are clubhouses, sometimes swimming pools and open spaces in the basic plan. Joseph Eichler and many other architects have believed that the space you provide works to determine the type of residential experience you end up with. It isn’t a new concept at all, but the idea is a popular one.
In Grass Valley there are two, Wolf Creek Lodge - active adult community and Wolf Creek Commons which is a family community of 32 homes.
In Fresno there is another community. called La Querencia, of 28 homes, that boasts solar panels on every home.
In Boulder, CO the Architects, McCamant & Durrett Architects have won national design awards for Silver Sage Senior CoHousing.