~ Creating an old-fashioned neighborhood in a new way ~
Rob Sandelin, a resident of Sharingwood Cohousing near Monroe, WA, gives a quick overview of Ten Great Reasons to Live in Cohousing.
"Cohousing works for people of all ages and stages in their life -- from infant to 90+"
For parents, cohousing offers many advantages, including other adults who can help with child care and effortless play dates. Here's what one cohousing mom has written about raising kids in cohousing:
What is Cohousing?
Cohousing communities are small-scale neighborhoods in which the residents play an active part in the creation, design and on-going daily operations of the neighborhood.
People choose this lifestyle to have ongoing supportive relationships with their neighbors and to partake in the benefits of shared resources while enjoying the privacy of their own homes. Cohousing communities offer nurturing places in which people of all ages and stages in their life grow and age well.
CoHousing originated in Denmark in the 1960's. Worldwide, there are now hundreds of CoHousing communities, expanding from Denmark into the U.S., Canada, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and elsewhere. There are hundreds of CoHousing communities in the United States with many more forming or working towards completion.