“Some nations around the world are saying that they’re staring down a loneliness epidemic. One result has been a small but growing movement toward cohousing. Here, privacy is balanced with social interaction.
Admittedly, it isn’t for everyone. But those who are living this way seem to be reaping some astonishing benefits.Cohousing is defined as groups of people or families who decide to start their own planned community. They usually number between 15-40 individuals.
Each member or family has their own house. But the houses are clustered around common areas designed for social interaction. Houses have kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms, your typical house.But the community also has a common house with a kitchen and dining room, where they cook and eat meals together a few times per week.
Common play areas, patios, gardens, walkways, and laundry rooms offer other shared spaces. According to AARP, a unit in a planned community usually costs slightly more upfront than houses in the surrounding market, but savings in food and energy make the overall cost lower.Several cohousing communities embrace green living options including organic vegetable gardens, renewable energy, and carpooling or car sharing.
Though lots share similar values, some advocates say it works best with a variety of different people, including different races, ages, and yes even political persuasions.The cohousing model may make green living easier. Getty Images.Usually, they end up sharing tools and other items, such as lawnmowers. Lots of friendships spring up. You have a wealth of experts to draw upon. It’s also great to have someone nearby who can offer a listening ear or a new perspective on a problem, instead of dumping it all on your partner. Eldercare and childcare become far more manageable too.
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