Cohousing allows for you to enjoy the privacy of your own home, and yet walk out your back door to be part of a community with which you share a garden, some common facilities and even a regular meal. For three decades cohousing has been growing successfully worldwide, reinvigorating with it the age-old concept of community.
Some of these communities have grown incrementally, some have renovated existing buildings to create their community and some have started from scratch. They have been built in inner-city, and suburban and rural locations; populated by ex-students, families or especially created for senior citizens – each building their own unique small community.
Cohousing communities sometimes share garden tools, can provide a safe place for kids to play together, and in the case of an inner city community like the Urban Coup, our vision is to have a decent sized vegetable garden and a chickens in a chicken coop. The common house is a shared space where meals can be shared and where the community has its regular get-togethers.
There are times when everyone needs space, which is when each resident having their own self-contained residence to go home to, gives the balance needed for community life.
Australia has several successful cohousing communities that exist in Adelaide, Hobart, and Perth, however only one in Melbourne (Murundaka, a social housing development in Heidelberg). In Denmark, where cohousing was pioneered in the 1970s, there are hundreds of cohousing communities. Cohousing has also been growing in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and USA, so there are plenty of examples of successful communities to learn from.