Bristol Village Cohousing in Vermont to be ready for move-in this summer. Come join us!

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Bristol Village Cohousing

Bristol Village Cohousing consists of 14 homes in the center of historic Bristol, Vermont across from the town green.

Our homes are built to Efficiency Vermont’s highest performance standards, guaranteed to save you money on energy bills, keep you comfortable in all weather, and lower your carbon footprint.

NO NEED TO DRIVE, A Village Within a Village
We are located within walking distance of all of your daily needs – shops, restaurants, schools, recreation and public transportation are right outside our doors. Middlebury College, whose arts and educational offerings are open to the public, is 15 minutes away. Convenient public transport is available to Middlebury, Burlington and Vergennes. Skiing, swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities are also nearby.

The families that make up Bristol Village Cohousing are a multi-generational group, with kids, parents, grandparents and single adults. We have been meeting together for many months – approving architectural designs and budgets, selecting fixtures and appliances, crafting flexible policies, and enjoying each other’s company (and cooking skills). We have a few homes still available and ready for move-in this June.

BVCH consists of two and three bedroom homes, ranging in size from around 900 to 1500 square feet. We offer housing in a variety of styles – one story flats, townhouses and cottages. Two of our townhouses are part of an historic Colonial home, built in 1813, which has been restored and renovated, with a deep energy retrofit.

Our three multi-family buildings and five cottages are arranged around a common green. All of our homes enjoy views of the nearby mountains or the Bristol Village Green. Many of our units are accessible for those with mobility issues.

Our homes have a passive solar orientation, letting in abundant natural light. They are made of materials chosen to require low maintenance and to promote a healthy indoor environment, avoiding petroleum based products wherever possible. We are net zero-ready – fully electric, with heat pumps, energy star appliances, heat-recovery ventilation systems and triple-glazed windows. One third of our energy will be produced by solar panels on our roofs; the rest will be purchased from a solar field.

Our 2.4 acres site includes a Common House set in an historic Italianate home, built in 1863. The existing building includes a common kitchen, guest rooms and ample space for other community activities. Besides our own central lawn, space has been set aside for a common garden. Ample storage and parking are also available on site.

The village of Bristol is the community hub of several smaller nearby towns. Its quaint commercial center features an art collective, a variety of restaurants and several shops. A gym, the library, public transportation, schools and medical facilities are all close by. Under a town contract, recycling and trash are picked up at curbside by a horse-drawn wagon

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are close at hand. The New Haven River widens into Bristol Falls, a great swimming hole. The Waterworks, a 666 acre forested park with several small ponds and a variety of wildlife, is located a few miles away. Bristol Cliffs forms the backdrop of the village and offers opportunities for more strenuous hiking.
Ski centers (Sugarbush and Mad River Glen) and bike paths are located in nearby towns. To learn more about the town of Bristol and the surrounding are, visit Bristol Core:

Please check out our website: Our email address: jim [at] bristolcohousing [dot] com. You can also call Jim: (802) 734-0798.


Jim Mendell

jim [at] bristolcohousing [dot] com


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