This Is Not Your Father's Commune

So-called "intentional communities" are a small, albeit growing trend in the housing market. Could co-housing be making a comeback?

While 60s-era communes brought together residents who wanted to work together on similar interests or concerns, modern day co-housing -- also known as 'intentional communities' -- are more likely to attract very diverse groups of people who want to explore a different form of socializing while maintaining privacy and owning their own property.

"In the United States it is estimated that there are 80 active co-housing communities up and running throughout the country and another 100 in the planning stage." The communities can vary from detached homes to condominiums, clustered around a community green or courtyard. "Preparation of and participation in community meals (which tend to be served two or three times a week) and other activities is entirely voluntary."

The model of living has growing interest among those looking for a sense of community, and with a growing number of retirees, attention is also being given to elder co-housing.

Full Story: It Might Seem Like A Commune But Co-housing Is Not A Sixties Idea


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