In the US (and around Copenhagen) cohousing is primarily built on the
urban fringe, suburban, rural land or in small towns near cities.
In these locations there is room for "town house" style layout
Typically each unit has a door that opens directly onto the pedestrian
(outdoor) street with some open spaces around the community.
Some people prefer a more urban location. This page is intended to
highlight some cohousing communities that are located in urban
The first group of communities below maintain the townhouse layout
sufficiently compactly to be in an urban location.
The second group of communities below have units that share an entrance
and are built higher with units in an apartment style structure. The
Swedish model like cohousing - "kollektivhus" is often an apartment
building with the first floor and basement being common space and
suitable for urban areas.
There is a wide variety and many permutations.
Compact townhouse style urban communities: #units/#acres/#floors/#adults/#kids
Puget Ridge Cohousing Seattle Washington 23/2.5/57/?
Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento California 25/1.3/?/55/18
Apartment style urban communities:
Tacoma Village Cohousing Washington DC 43/1.4/?/85/23
Swan's Market Oakland California 20/0.3/?/32/3
BO-90 Cohousing Copenhagen Denmark ?/?/4/18/?
Fardknappen Stockholm Sweden 43/0.25?/5/50/0 LINK FIXED 8/11 In Swedish with English section
See also Swedish National Cohousing Association
Durham Central Park Durham North Carolina 24/0.5/4/37/?
Jamaica Plain Cohousing Boston Massachusetts 30?/0.9/3/58/13
Communities with a mix of townhouse and apartment style features:
Cambridge Cohousing Cambridge Massachusetts 41/1.5/2-4?/91/23/
Village Cohousing Madison Wisconsin 18/0.7/2-3/32/8
Metro Cohousing at Culver Way St. Louis, Missouri 44/1.5/?/?/?
Windsong Cohousing Community Langley British Columbia, Canada 34/2:5.8/2?/90/30
I dont think Windsong really qualifies as an urban community but as a
compact community with a glass covered pedestrian street that would
work well in an urban setting I included it here.
The above communities are all of the traditional new construction,
(or major renovation) variety. There is another way to do cohousing that is
particularly suited to urban areas called retrofit cohousing. In this model
a community is developed gradually in existing housing.
See: Retrofit Cohousing
This page is maintained by Fred H. Olson fholson at cohousing.org
See also The Cohousing Network (extensive national WWW site)