Looking at the latest trend in housing: cohousing

Updated: July 19, 2019 06:16 PM

The latest trend in housing is not getting an apartment, condo or triplex, it's cohousing. Organizers describe cohousing as "a community designed with private homes and a commitment to share common facilities and activities."

Becca Brackett is leading a group called the Bassett Creek Cohousing Project.

"The whole idea is to connect people. We want to be your neighbor," Brackett said.

She and three other people are working to encourage others to join their community. While it's still in the planning phase, she hopes the idea will attract enough attention so they can build about 20 housing units.

There is already a cohousing community established in St Louis Park. The Monterey Cohousing Community currently includes 26 people. The community is made up of individually owned townhomes or condo units.

"We choose cohousing because we want to know our neighbors and we value a growing community that works together through shared experience," community organizers said.

The president of the Monterey community, Ken Fox, stressed it's not a commune. Rather, each individual owns their own home, and they choose to share common space and often gather for shared meals. Monterey is working to add around eight more townhomes to the community.

The idea of cohousing originated in Denmark in the 1960s. Now, the Cohousing Association of the United States says there are over 160 communities around the country.

At the Monterey community, the townhomes and condo units cost anywhere from about $70,000 to $250,000. But, the true appeal for new neighbors is all the shared space and community.

You can find more information about the Bassett Creek Cohousing Project here.

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