Co-housing communities already exist on the outskirts of Vancouver such as North Vancouver’s community project that was completed in 1998, and also one in Langley and in Burnaby. But the new co-housing community project taken on by Cedar Cottage Cohousing Corporation is facing a few speed bumps on its path to construction. The group only recently received rezoning approval by the City of Vancouver’s Design Panel. But now that approval has been granted many residents are curious about this co-housing movement and are interested in how it works.
Units are still available for purchase and the community leaders are looking for fresh faces to help fill the community with trustworthy individuals
Co-housing was originally a design from US architect Charles Durrett in the 1980s the idea took off like wildfire and has since become a major movement in many large cities. Co-housing takes a group of 30 or more individuals and brings them together by sharing communal amenities. The mission of the CCCC is to harmonize people of all backgrounds and produce a welcoming and close knit community. The project itself will include 31 different units constructed close together, two of which will be available to renters. Residents will enjoy both privacy and a community that is blended well with communal meals and policy decisions. All who live in the co-housing community are expected to contribute and socialize with their neighbors. All co-housing communities focus on home ownership and community interaction and all but the two rental units will be owned by their residents.The location for this project is East 33rd Avenue close to Victoria Drive. The architecture of the units will center on community and privacy but will also ensure that residents are happy with their decision long after they have lived there.
The project will include an entry way with gates on either side which will open up to the communal courtyard and common house
The project will include an entry way with gates on either side which will open up to the communal courtyard and common house. The community and the shared residents will be located a half-storey below street level which will give it a more natural and down-to-Earth feel. The vocal point will be the courtyard and all units will face the center bringing people together instead of splitting them apart.In modern Vancouver many people complain of isolation and a lack of trust within their own community.
The project itself will include 31 different units constructed close together, two of which will be available to renters
CCCC aims to change that and instead bring people back to their roots to live within a thriving sustainable community that looks after one another and the Earth. Units are still available for purchase and the community leaders are looking for fresh faces to help fill the community with trustworthy individuals. There is still time to purchase a unit with work set to be complete by early 2015.
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