relationships are key
Relationships are at the heart of cohousing communities. Privately-owned homes are clustered around shared space offering a unique blend of privacy and community. Each attached or single family home will have traditional amenities, including a private kitchen. And, thanks to proximity and intention, the desire to get to know our neighbors can show up in a wide variety of ways—borrowing an egg, keeping a watchful eye on children, checking in on a sick neighbor, working in the community garden together, carpooling for errands. It’s these daily interactions, shared by all that set cohousing neighborhoods apart from traditional subdivisions. When surrounded by people who care, an ordinary day becomes extraordinary.
Activities and Events
EcoVillage residents have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and spared spaces. The proposed 4000+ sq. ft. Common House will feature a large kitchen, dining area, and flexible meeting space for workshops and classrooms. Shared outdoor space will include parking, walkways, open space, and gardens. Neighbors might gather for parties, games, movies, or other events. Typical community activities may include regularly-scheduled shared meals, governance meetings, and workdays. Using sociocracy, residents will create their homeowner’s governance. Life at EcoVillage will be designed by its residents, making this neighborhood unique to anything currently available on the market in Charlottesville.
The idea of living in a robust community has been around for ages. Currently, there are many well-established cohousing neighborhoods around the world. EcoVillages share the common goal of living in an environmentally-friendly way. Here is a link to more information
about co-housing in a community that we find inspirational.