Timeline of the Cohousing Movement

--1962: Jan Gudman Hoyer initiates discussion of cohousing in Denmark.

--1967-68: Denmark, modern cohousing starts.
To note here, cohousing’s creator, Jan Gudman Hoyer (who passed in March 2017), wrote an article that helped launch the movement in his country titled “The Missing Link Between Utopia and the Dated One-Family House” in 1968.

-- 1970: First Danish Cohousing community completed, Sattedammen, in Hilerod (slash thru the O).

--1970s: Some groups start communities, such as 1979's Sunlight Holding Co.
A note here on Sunlight Holding Co. This community certain has the aspects and feel of cohousing, but there was no movement around it yet, it didn’t declare itself to be cohousing. It was built before the term “cohousing” had been introduced by Katie and Chuck’s book, was not broadly publicized and Portland’s hidden secret. Muir Commons in Davis, California is thought to be the first officially declared cohousing community built in North America, in 1991.

--1988: Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett publish their book, originally titled Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, now in its 2nd edition as Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities.

--1991: Muir Commons (Davis, CA) opens, quickly followed by Doyle Street (Emeryville, CA) and Winslow Cohousing (Bainbridge Island, WA), both in 1992.

--1996: Windsong, Canada's first purpose-built cohousing

--2005: Charles Durrett publishes The Senior Cohousing Handbook

--Mid-2000s, trend toward urban developments and driven most notably by the baby boomer generation, though many young families are also driving the search for more supportive communities to raise their children

--Current figures as of spring 2017: Coho/US has 164 built, 132 in progress