Our community will consist of thirty-six private dwellings arranged as thirteen duplexes, two triplexes and a quad, clustered to foster neighborhood interaction and to preserve open space. There is a network of pedestrian paths in and around the community with vehicle parking at the periphery.
The homes have from one to three bedrooms, varying in size from 500 to 1,500 square feet. They are partially standardized, with limited customization to reduce building costs. Some site locations will accommodate the construction of an additional room, thus expanding the range of options in each size category and making a four-bedroom home a possibility. The homes are private residences — individually owned and financed. Current prices range from $167,375 to $351,000.
The Common House
The Common House is crucial to the concept of cohousing. It is centrally located, so that residents regularly pass by on the way to and from their own homes, increasing their opportunities to interact with their neighbors. It provides the community with a focus for socializing and sharing.
A well-equipped commercial kitchen is an important feature of the Common House, and is used for community meals which are served in the large dining area on a regular basis. The dining area can also be used for other purposes such as meetings, workshops, presentations, etc. A children's play room will be located near the dining area, so parents can participate in community functions without worrying about childcare. Older children will have their own space for homework and recreation. Guest rooms in the Common House lessen the need for individual homes to provide lodging for visiting friends and family. Office space may be made available so residents can share equipment and supplies typically found in individual homes. Communities generally also include areas for laundry, woodworking, food storage, arts & crafts, and music.
As cohousing has evolved over the past 20+ years, research has shown that that residents in communities with well-used common houses are happier with smaller private homes. Planning for our Common House is well underway. The architectural firm of