What is cohousing?

Imagine living in a neighborhood where….

  • You find support from your neighbors by sharing activities such as child-care, meals, carpooling, etc.

  • Kids can run around and play safely in a car-free environment, free to explore and grow with friends who live close by

  • Seniors are able to age in place in a loving environment

  • Resources are shared, thus reducing strain on the planet and giving you access to amenities you might not otherwise be able to afford (such as hot-tubs, workshops, orchards, gardens, craft and art studios, etc... this has yet to be decided, and if you join us you can help to design it!)

  • All residents work together to ensure that the community is a healthy place - leading to more socially connected and enriched lives!

  • All this while still having private homes to keep the balance

"Co-housing is community intentionally designed with ample common spaces surrounded by private homes. Collaborative spaces typically include a common house with a large kitchen and dining room, laundry, and recreational areas and outdoor walkways, open space, gardens, and parking. Neighbors use these spaces to play together, cook for one another, share tools, and work collaboratively. Common property is managed and maintained by community members, providing even more opportunities for growing relationships."

Cohousing Association of the United States

A Brief History of Co-Housing

Humans have always organized our dwellings around community, throughout the millennia and in various configurations. When modern Western culture began to organize its living spaces around the nuclear family, issues of isolation and loneliness arose, as social fabric and the richness of intergenerational care deteriorated or were outsourced to other parts of an increasingly specialized society. Co-housing -- modern development designed around intentional community and shared communal spaces -- was born in Denmark in the 1960s as a movement to counter this new reality. This spread to the U.S. in the 1980s, and There are now 200+ co-housing communities in 40 states and 140+ in formative stages across the U.S., and many more internationally.

Tree Swing Cohousing is bringing this back around, weaving the diverse ancestral roots, practices, and inspirations we each have for holistic, regenerative community. Among our inspirations, ancestral lineages, and experiences, we are in gratitude of: