Cohousing allows for you to enjoy the privacy of your own home, and yet walk out your back door to be part of a community with which you share a garden, some common facilities and even a regular meal. For three decades cohousing has been growing successfully worldwide, reinvigorating with it the age-old concept of community.
Some of these communities have grown incrementally, some have renovated existing buildings to create their community and some have started from scratch. They have been built in inner-city, and suburban and rural locations; populated by ex-students, families or especially created for senior citizens – each building their own unique small community.
The shared facilities will vary from community to community depending on size, location and membership, however each aims to create practical opportunities that enable the community to share experiences or enhance their access to shared spaces that wouldn't otherwise be available beyond their private dwelling.
There are times when everyone needs space, which is when each resident having their own self-contained residence to go home to, gives the balance needed for community life.
Australia has several successful cohousing communities that exist in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, and Perth. In Denmark, where cohousing was pioneered in the 1970s, there are hundreds of cohousing communities. Cohousing has also been growing in Germany, UK, Canada, New Zealand and USA, so there are plenty of examples of successful communities to learn from.