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Harrisonburg Cohousing is a group of dedicated individuals working together to build a cohousing community in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We envision a vibrant, multi-generational, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, and we will design our new community together to include energy-efficient homes, a welcoming common house and outdoor spaces. Under the guidance of a cohousing consultant, we are planning our community and hope to move-in by the end of 2018. We are actively looking for new members and hope you'll join us!

Many people have never heard of cohousing (also spelled co-housing), but it’s nothing more than the old-fashioned neighborhood updated to meet modern needs. Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. Residents know their neighbors, encouraging a sense of community that is often absent in contemporary cities and suburbs. Private, conventional homes are individually owned but residents also have access to common amenities like outdoor spaces and a common house (or community building). Community is promoted by the layout of the neighborhood with homes facing each other across a wide pedestrian walkway. Shared governance and open dialogue is valued; everything is designed and managed by the residents who consciously commit to live in a close-knit neighborhood that seeks a healthy blend of privacy and community.

The Harrisonburg Cohousing vision: Our vision is to form a community of neighbors interested in knowing each other on a deeper level than typical North American neighborhoods. We value our privacy, but recognize that our western culture and lifestyle isolate us from each other and make it challenging to build meaningful long-term relationships with those around us. In building this neighborhood, we want to recapture aspects of a traditional village: knowing each other’s names, eating some meals together, sharing and celebrating life together with planned and spontaneous gatherings. In addition, our group strives to live more simply and more lightly on the earth.

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