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Is Cohousing for Me?

Joining a cohousing group is a major life decision: You commit to participate actively with other members of your group in the design and development of your future home and community over a period of years, to be involved in the cooperative management of the community after it’s occupied, and to make a financial investment on the scale of conventional home ownership. In return, you look forward to a quality of community that is rarely seen, the support of neighbors who know you and look out for you, and the use of common facilities such as dining, child care, gardening, workshops, etc.

Questions to ask yourself

  • What do I find attractive about the concept of living in a cohousing community?
  • What do I feel about making all major decisions (and maybe minor ones) about where I live with other people?
  • How much time do I have outside work/family/hobbies?
  • What balance between privacy and community is right for me?
  • Can I cope with disagreements?
  • Can I cope with sometimes not being allowed to do things I want (e.g., keep some kinds of pets/numbers of cars/some kinds of activities)?

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
About Our Community May 13, 2013 8:47 PM former member
Community Spirit Vision Statement May 13, 2013 8:32 PM former member
Cohousing FAQ May 13, 2013 8:17 PM former member
Is Cohousing for Me? May 13, 2013 8:15 PM former member
Cohousing Links and Resources May 13, 2013 8:40 PM former member
What is Cohousing? January 31, 2013 4:04 PM former member
Cohousing in the news January 23, 2013 10:38 AM former member
About Community Spirit Co-Housing Initiative of Western Mass. May 13, 2013 8:47 PM former member

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