Current Urban Coup Projects

The Coup is currently pursuing two projects that reflect complementary approaches to cohousing:

Near & Tall:

Near and Tall is a high-density apartment development close to the CBD. This project is at an advanced stage of planning, with a partner architect and development manager engaged. Projected move in date in December 2020.

Far & Wide:

A lower density garden-set development in the middle to outer suburbs. The project is in an earlier stage and is seeking participants to further develop the plan.

Near & Tall


  • A high-density development of approx. 25 households with a mixture of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments.
  • Common spaces (both indoor and outdoor) where the community can share meals, meet, socialise and also have other activities and special events. This includes a dining and kitchen area, common laundry, rooftop garden, multi-purpose spaces (e.g. music room, workshop, art and craft room) and guest rooms.
  • Sustainable building design, higher density living and the efficient use of resources.
  • Maximisation of energy efficiency, including passive solar design, double-glazing, onsite water collection and reuse.
  • Reduced car park spaces, share cars and bike parking areas.
  • Bike and car parking options that are suitable for the site and our budget.
  • Fossil fuel free and incorporating renewable energy generation.
  • Thermally efficient (aiming for an average of 8 stars on NatHERS) and incorporating sustainable and recycled materials.

Parameters of location search

  • 4 - 8 kilometres from the CBD on a site of 500 - 800 m2.
  • 4 - 6 storeys tall.

Expected size & cost

  • NB these cannot be fully known until we have a site and a detailed feasibility study:
  • 1 bed – size between 45 and 55 m2, price $425,000 to $460,000.
  • 2 bed – size between 65 and 75 m2, price $560,000 to $620,000.
  • 3 bed – size between 80 and 95 m2, price $670,000 to $785,000.
  • Car parks – unsure about cost and availability at the moment.

Current activities

  • Finalising costs, members and investors to form a Shareholder Agreement for members and Terms Sheet for investors.
  • Finalising a site.

Far & Wide


  • Up to 20 households mixing 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, in freestanding or townhouse style (or a mixture), integrated into an open, human-scale and permeable site, with a mix of private and shared open space (including productive gardens and a chook house).
  • One or more common buildings where the community can share meals, meet, socialise and use for other activities and special events, including a dining and kitchen area, shared spaces (music room, workshop, art and craft room, etc.), shared laundry and guest accommodation.
  • Sustainable building design and materials, small house design, common infrastructure and the efficient use of resources, including consideration of whole-of-life building costs.
  • Maximisation of energy efficiency, including passive solar design, double-glazing, onsite power generation, water collection and reuse.
  • Landscape that enhances the community through integrating social and productive spaces. Use of sustainable gardening techniques that maximise re-use of water and waste.
  • Reduced car park spaces (on the edge of the site), share car facilities and bike parking.

Parameters of location search

  • ~20km from CBD on a site >3,000 m2.
  • 2 - 3 storeys.

Preferred location

  • Within the Melbourne metro area.
  • Within a 15-minute walk of a train station.
  • Within a 10-minute walk to local amenities.

Estimated size & cost

  • Homes up to 120 m2, with an anticipated price range of between $400k and $700k.

Current activities

  • Firming up options for how the project is to be financed.
  • Modelling in more detail the costs base for the project (including more definitive dwelling costs).
  • Launching a site search to narrow options based on preferences for location, land size, proximity to transport etc.
  • Firming up members for seed funding.
  • Recruiting community members for the journey of development ahead.
  • Social saunters to experience possible locations and amenities.