~ Creating an old-fashioned neighborhood in a new way ~
Oak Creek Commons is a cohousing community. That means we share four characteristics which all cohousing communities have in common.
First is the characteristic that a plan for a cohousing community is made by the future residents, not by a residential developer who decides what to build. Future residents set the priorities, the price range and determine the amenities for their future neighborhood. For Oak Creek Commons, this meant a 4-year process from finding the land, writing our Mission Statement, hiring the architect and general contractor to dealing with the challenges during construction and moving in.
Secondly, cohousing is a neighborhood design that lets us enjoy social times or private space, depending on our need at the moment. At Oak Creek Commons this means a front porch for every residence, facing on the community allee (sidewalk), as well as a private patio and backyard or deck behind each home. Our common house, pool area, lawns and the gathering spaces along the central allee give shared spaces to enjoy together.
Thirdly, cohousing provides numerous amenities that would be expensive to maintain for one family, but which are feasible when sharing the expense. At Oak Creek Commons we enjoy our common house with community kitchen, Great Room with a fireplace, a large kid’s playroom, a laundry room, library and two guest rooms. A large workshop awaits the handy cohouser's projects. For outside enjoyment there is a swimming pool area with a spa and shaded deck, along with a jungle gym and a basketball hoop. In the 10-acres of oak woodlands are a treehouse, three rope swings, zip-line, large dog park and several walking paths.
Finally, cohousing communities are self-managed by all owners rather than by a property management company or a small board of directors. At Oak Creek Commons, this means that every household has input into operational decisions and participates in committees and the monthly community meeting.