Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to common facilities such as--in the case of Aria--a large kitchen and dining room, outdoor patios, washer and dryer, and TV/living room.

Common Characteristics of Cohousing:


  • Neighbors commit to being part of a community for everyone’s mutual benefit.

  • Cohousing cultivates a culture of sharing and caring.

  • Design features and neighborhood size (typically 20-40 homes) promote frequent interaction and close relationships.

Balancing Privacy and Community

  • Cohousing neighborhoods are designed for privacy as well as community.

  • Residents balance privacy and community by choosing their own level of engagement.


  • Decision making is participatory and often based on consensus.

  • Self-management empowers residents, builds community, and saves money.

Shared Values

  • Cohousing communities support residents in actualizing shared values.

  • Cohousing communities typically adopt green approaches to living.

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