Photographer Richard Getler, Rocky Hill Cohousing

What is cohousing?

Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas including kitchen, dining space and gardens bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships.

Why cohousing?

So many reasons. In a way, it all comes down to making the world a better place. Connection, environmentalism, security and community support all draw neighbors to cohousing communities. We stay because we love our neighbors, the lifestyle we share and the growth we experience.

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The Cohousing Association of the United States is a national nonprofit supporting cohousing communities in changing our world. Spreading the word about cohousing shifts the culture toward a new American dream where every home is surrounded by caring, collaborative neighbors who use less of the earth’s resources while living an abundant life.


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Recent Blogs

PDX Commons creatively celebrates new members and a full house

Posted on November 30th, 2021 at 6:56 pm (ET)

In the past year, PDX Commons went through a major turnover of homes — five homes sold to seven new members (including two couples). In some cases, the pandemic was a factor, but there were other reasons as well. This was our first experience with selling homes and selling during the pandemic — and in… Read More

From the Archives: Giving Thanks

Posted on July 9th, 2021 at 7:37 pm (ET)

Reprinted from November 2007: This month I thought I would focus on “giving thanks.”  At Heartwood, we all gather around the food, hold hands, acknowledge the cooks, and introduce the guests. One of the cooks leads us in a blessing or a moment of silence. Here are a few favorites: The silver rain.  The golden… Read More