Currently Reading

It Takes a Village: Cohousing Communities


It Takes a Village: Cohousing Communities

January 22, 2018
Dog walking
Photo: Pexels

According to the Cohousing Association of the United States, there are 165 cohousing communities nationwide, with another 140 in the planning stages; other experts say cohousing's momentum is growing.

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. noted the recent “boom in cohousing communities nationwide” in a current exhibition. Recent poll data from the Cohousing Research Network says that 62 percent of respondents said that sale prices of cohousing units in their communities have been rising. Additionally, cohousing construction is seen as a good investment, Richard Jenkens, director of social impact initiatives at the National Cooperative Bank, a cohousing lender, told The New York Times.

Cohousing can be traced to Copenhagen, where the first “living communities,” or bofaellesskaber, opened in 1970. A decade later two architecture students, Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant, on a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen noticed one complex that stood out. “People in this one development were always out there talking to each other ... There were children running from house to house, and people coming and going to this building, the common house, where nobody lived and apparently everybody lived,” he recalled.

Read more

Related Stories

Codes + Standards

New California Energy Code Makes Moves Toward Zero Emission Buildings

The California Energy Commission recently announced the 2022 update of the statewide building energy code will require new buildings to use less…


June New-Home Sales Fail to Meet Expectations

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows an unexpected fall in new-home sales, dropping 6.6% from May and 19.4% below June 2020…


Increases in Land Holdings, Permits Point Toward More Supply

Permits and land purchases point toward an increase of supply over the next two years, says John Burns Real Estate Consulting. For-sale and for-…


More in Category


Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.