One of the newest and most intriguing concepts in retirement living is cohousing, or co-housing communities. In this type of community like-minded adults come together to share the last third of their lives in harmony and in a spirit of cooperativeness. The community of Silver Sage Village in Boulder Colorado was one of the first and most successful of these. The concept captured the imagination of many baby boomers, who of course became familiar with cooperative living in the 1970's.
Cohousing communities usually consist of separate residential units and many communal facilities for shared living. They are similar to but not exactly like cooperative communities. Often these include group meals and dining, meditation rooms, yoga or Zen, hiking or biking trails, and large shared living rooms. Another cohousing community that is being developed is Adesa in New Castle Colorado. In all of these the goals of energy efficiency, "light footprints", sustainability, common meals, crafts, and shared recreation are usually present.
The concept of a shared living experience and a caring environment are central. Cohousing (also spelled as co-housing) is obviously not for everyone, particularly for people whose political views might be more conservative or who have a greater need for privacy. But for people to whom the idea of a gated community or one that is surrounded by golf courses is anathema, they are an attractive alternative. See our article on the subject: "Housing Your Way, Co-housing Might Be Your Answer".
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There are more than 21 Co-housing and cooperative communities reviewed at Topretirements.com. You can find them all by using our Advanced Search function. Here are some of the ones you will find:
Sonora Cohousing (Arizona)
Berkeley Town House (California)
Katywill Farm Community (Massachusetts)
Rosewind (state of Washington)
Sand River Cohousing (New Mexico)
Wasatch Commons Cohousing (Utah)
Elder Co-housing Network
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