What is Cohousing?


Cohousing is collaborative housing in which residents create an old-fashioned sense of neighborhood. In contrast to many contemporary cities and suburbs where people barely know their neighbors, cohousing residents know their neighbors well.  

Cohousing communities consist of private, fully equipped dwellings and extensive shared amenities, including a community center/common house and recreation areas. They are typically pedestrian-oriented, with parking on the perimeter or underneath the buildings and homes clustered to face onto open space. Residents are involved in the design and development of the community so that it reflects their own priorities.

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Mountain View Cohouse_ MDArchitecture000

A cohousing community like Fremont's Mission Peak Cohousing Village will value a sustainable urban design that promotes green building and eco-friendly practices while fostering an intentional community in Fremont that espouses a strong, friendly neighborhood in which everyone feels connected. 

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New York Times: There's Community and Consensus. But It's No Commune

The wave of the future...cohousing is a movement gaining ground across America for those who seek a sense of community. Read about it here in the January 2018 New York Times.

PBS Newshour

Groups in Denmark and the U.S. are choosing to live in intentionally intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing work and family. 


Cohousing architect and resident, Grace Kim, explains cohousing.