Welcome to Cohousing Hamilton, a new and exciting initiative in community living!
Cohousing is a form of intentional community in which people actively create a neighbourhood that combines the autonomy of privately owned individual dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. Co-developed, co-designed and managed by the residents, a Cohousing community typically consists of between 10 to 35 homes, plus common space, including a large common house for shared meals and activities. In addition to a large kitchen and dining area, the common house might include guest suites, a workshop, yoga/exercise room, conservatory or lounge. – whatever common amenities the owners support.
The style of homes can vary from low-rise apartment-style buildings to townhomes or cottages, all in proximity to the common house or the hub of the community. Cohousing communities also tend to be environmentally friendly, incorporating sustainability in their design and functionality.
Cohousing is found throughout the world. Here in Canada, there are intentional cohousing communities from the east coast to the west coast, each one a unique expression of the people who build and live in them. Here in Ontario, there are several cohousing communities in various stages of development.
Hamilton is a great place to build an urban cohousing community. The city has so much to offer in terms of accessibility, services and culture, and there is an abundance of nature and green space.
To find out more about Cohousing, here are some helpful resources.