Vancouver Cohousing Project

1733 E 33rd Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Cohousing opened in late Feb 2016. This is a site in an old traditional neighbourhood, walkable to a vibrant commercial center with coffee shops, preschools, and amenities. We have a mixed community of 31 units with many young children, parents, seniors and single folks. There has been a great deal of interest and we have a substantial waiting list for units. The building sold out well before move in date.

Cohousing communities are collaborative neighborhoods created with a measure of ingenuity. They bring together the value of having private homes, with the benefits of more sustainable living. Residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods. They share common facilities and build and maintain good connections with neighbors. Cohousing provides innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social challenges.

By collaborating with architect Charles Durrett (McCamant & Durrett Architects), the Vancouver Cohousing group participated in the planning and design of their own housing development. These steps were then implemented by our team of professionals led by Eighth Avenue Development and Ankenman Marchand Architects

Along the way, our group has formed bonds that have become the basis for ongoing community growth and development.

The Vancouver Cohousing community is supported and sustained by the following five principles:

1. Collaborative and participatory processes
2. An architectural design that supports community
3. Private homes supplemented by common facilities
4. Resident-managed facilities
5. Non-hierarchical structures

“Cohousing” means a housing community that combines the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living, in which residents typically own their own units, and share a “common house” with extensive amenities such as a kitchen and dining room, children’s playroom, workshops, guest rooms, home office support, arts and crafts area and laundry. Each separately owned unit is self-sufficient with a complete kitchen, but resident-cooked dinners are often available in the common house for those who wish to participate. Residents participate in the planning,
design, ongoing management and maintenance of their community, and share time-consuming and costly responsibilities such as childcare, cooking meals, running errands and maintenance.

More info here: https://www.vancouvercohousing.com/

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