Our Flavor of Cohousing
Cohousing is defined as “intentional community” and describes a housing model in which residents actively participate in the design and management of their own neighborhood. Residents have their private spaces but make a commitment to look out for one another. Every co-housing community is different as each strikes its own balance between individual space and social contact. Valverde Commons has developed and continues to create its own version of co-housing.
• At some cohousing communities, every decision is made by consensus, including the design.
At VC we’d love to operate by consensus and in most cases we do, but in some cases we go with majority rule.
• Most cohousing communities are predesigned developments.
At VC we each design and build our own homes within guidelines of aesthetics and sustainability outlined by the group. If there is a demand for it, we may design and build some homes for future members.
• Cohousing communities share common space and amenities.
At VC we will share almost 4 acres of green space with community gardens, walkways and quiet places for contemplation and chance meetings. Our common house is our home for pot luck meals, meetings, classes, and parties. The barn houses our common tools and has a workshop area.
• Some Cohousing communities expect members to participate in regularly scheduled meetings.
At VC we like the idea of letting our relationships build organically. We have group meetings, but only when necessary and participation is optional. So far our meetings have been so much fun that most members don’t want to miss them.
• Some cohousing communities do group maintenance on the homes.
At VC we will each maintain our own homes and yards and will share responsibility for common areas.
• All cohousing groups are about living harmoniously and cooperatively.
At VC we are too and we each commit to being the kind of respectful, generous neighbor we’d want to have next door.
Common Amenities include:
• About four acres of green space and walking paths within the development and ten acres adjacent to it with walking and biking trails and community gardens. This with incredible views of Taos Mountain.
• Common House with kitchen and meeting space for community dining, parties and other events.
• A Barn which includes a workshop and storage for tools such as tractor, rototiller and other garden supplies, and a nearby composting facility
To learn more about cohousing, visit www.cohousing.org
Vist seniorcohousing.com , our Cohousing West partners
Read “Why would anyone join a cohousing Group?" By Ron Sandelin (PDF)