Is Cohousing Right For You?
This model of housing is designed to increase interaction. For some retirees, this is a draw. But you should know the details. Auburn Cohousing is also planned to be intergenerational. We want to have children and a playground.
Here’s part of an article from Kiplinger. For the full article click below.
“For Shelly Parks, cohousing and its emphasis on close community ties appealed for both professional and personal reasons. A former marketing professional for large retirement communities, Parks felt like something was missing. “We crave connectedness, but our culture doesn’t do a great job of allowing it,” she says. “Cohousing gave me the answer I was looking for.”
Often confused with other types of living arrangements, like shared living or even communes, cohousing combines private homes with shared, common spaces, often in a village-like setting. Cohousing may be multigenerational or exclusively for retirees, but unlike other communities, facilitating social interaction is a big part of the cohousing model. Residents are typically expected to share in the community’s joint needs—so-called “workdays” to spruce up gardens or service on a committee, for instance—with decisions managed as a group, by consensus or consent. Five years ago, Parks left her corporate job and founded a cohousing consulting firm. Now, she and her husband will move into Skagit Commons, a cohousing community in Anacortes, Wash.”