Re: optimal size for cohousing
From: Hans Tilstra (
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 18:18:10 -0600 (MDT)
This is what I've deducted from reading to date...

If the group is too small, the cost of the "co" bits become
disproportionately high relative to the "house" bits. It may be hard to
accommodate personality differences. The advantage of a small group is the
relative ease of establishment and purchase. I'd define small as 12
households or smaller.

If the group is too big, than it would be hard to achieve consensus, get to
know one another. There would be a likelihood of sub clustering

Hence 17 to 25 households seem to be the optimal number. There's the likely
economies of scale, the neighourhood feel, the achievability of consensus.

Love to hear how these findings compare with your experiences!


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