Reserve a home at Juniper Hill Commons – a multigenerational community in a progressive small city located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Harrisonburg is a diverse and thriving city of about 54,000 that offers excellent professional employment opportunities, even during economic downturns. The area is home to three universities, a major medical center, and three large continuing care retirement communities. It offers rich cultural and recreational resources for all ages, from child centered activities to continuing education for adults, a vibrant downtown restaurant scene, and a beautiful mountain setting. Harrisonburg has won numerous awards and recognition for its quality of life.
OUR COHOUSING COMMUNITY:
The plan for the 5.4 acre site includes 27 low-energy homes (duplexes, triplexes, and apartments), a common house, playground, workshop, plus a 2-acre grassy area for outdoor play, gardening, bird watching, and sledding in the winter. We plan to start construction in 2020, with first move-ins late 2020 to early 2021. Home sizes range from 800 to around 2400 square feet.
Our property lies within the city limits, close to elementary and middle schools, and walking distance to shopping, but just far enough from the main roads to be surrounded by trees, green fields, and a view of the mountains.
OUR PROGRESSIVE CITY:
Have you seen a green, blue and orange sign that reads “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor”? That sign originated in our city! Harrisonburg is also home to Virginia’s first mediation center (the Fairfield Center), and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding which draws people from around the world, including attendees such as Nobel Peace Prize Laurete Leymah Gbowee, and political activist and 8th president of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Downtown Harrisonburg hosts inclusive events including Shenandoah Valley Pride, an International Festival, a year-round Farmers’ Markets, and monthly First Friday evening art gallery openings. Come for a visit and we think you’ll see why our city deserves its nickname “The Friendly City”!
CULTURE AND RECREATION FOR ALL AGES:
City and county parks and playgrounds abound. In addition, a stone’s throw from our cohousing community you can stroll or hike in the gorgeous Edith Carrier Arboretum. Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy both urban and country bicycling routes.
Rolling countryside characterizes the greater Shenandoah Valley, and gives way to Shenandoah National Park on the east, and national forest on the west, so we have easy access to hiking, skiing, and mountain views.
Food connoisseurs find much to love in Downtown Harrisonburg. It was named Virginia’s first Culinary District, and has a smorgasbord of fine local restaurants to choose from as well as a year-round farmer’s market. If you’re looking for culture, James Madison University’s performing arts center draws world-famous musicians, dancers, and actors. Films, performers, and community theatre finds a home at our local independent theater. Looking for ceramics, paintings, and other art? Several art studios and art co-ops offer workspace and display local artists' works for sale. We’re just 2 hours from Washington D.C. and Richmond, VA, so if you’re craving some big city history or culture, it is within easy reach.
55 different languages are spoken by our incoming kindergartners. Do you want your children to grow up with people with backgrounds from many cultures, but still live in a place with a small-town feel? Harrisonburg nails it! Incoming kindergartners can enroll in the elementary school dual-language program, in which they’ll have half their classes in English and half in Spanish through 5th grade and beyond. High schoolers with special interests can apply to the high school’s Fine Arts Academy, the Governor's School for Integrated Environmental Science & Technology, or the Governor’s STEM academy.
ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN:
Harrisonburg is great place to raise a family! In addition to being a place to learn from many cultures, and get a great education. Harrisonburg boasts many playgrounds, including our completely accessible/inclusive “A Dream Come True” playground. Small children can splash at our new splash pad, while their older siblings swim in the olympic-size swimming pool. Need some more ways to help your kid burn off some energy? Roll around at the city skate park, bounce at the new trampoline park or local inflatable bounce houses, and ride through our mountain bike trails at Hillandale Park.
If your children like to sing, they may be interested in signing up for the nationally acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir. Or you can attend one of the family-oriented shows at the James Madison University’s performing arts center, or sign up for art classes and camps at our local art studio and store. Young children LOVE our Explore More Children’s Museum. For kids 8 and older, the museum has a special Maker Space where kids can get training on 3d printers, sewing machines, laser cutters, and simple building tools, and then design to their heart’s content. Need to connect with nature? Check out the Carrier Arboretum where you can dig at the children’s park, watch the ducks and turtles at the pond, sit by the stream, and walk the labyrinth. If you’re downtown, stop for lunch at the family hotspot Ruby’s Arcade for pizza and challenge your child to a few rounds of duckpin bowling, foosball, or pool.
-Top 10 best places for Millennials to move to in the US (Reviews.org, 2019)
-Top city to start a business in the U.S. (Pennygeeks.com, 2018)
-One of the “15 Affordable Small Towns We Love” (Southern Living, 2017)
-One of the “25 Best Places to Retire” (Forbes, 2017)
-One the the “20 best Mountain Bike Towns” (National Geographic, 2017)
-Listed among “30 Favorite Towns in America” list (Travel and Leisure, 2016)
See all of our recent awards at: https://www.harrisonburgva.gov/awards
For more information email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website (http://www.juniperhillcommons.org/), where you can read member bios, view our proposed site and house plans, and add yourself to our newsletter list to keep up with our progress. If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you come to a potluck and tour our property.