Cohousing communities consist of privately owned homes in addition to extensive common areas. They are designed by residents who choose to live in a close-knit neighbourhood with a healthy blend of privacy and community.
Residents manage their own cohousing communities, and also perform much of the work required to maintain the property as well as the social fabric. They participate in the preparation of common meals, and meet regularly to solve problems, develop policies for the community, and have fun.
Locally, there are cohousing communities in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley and the Bowen Island. (For more information on completed and forming communities in Canada, see the Canadian Cohousing Network.)
One hundred and fifty have been built across the United States and more in Europe, including Denmark, where cohousing originated, as a modern form of village and mutually supportive community.