Re: Apartment style cohousing [was: Cohousing in L.A. ??
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 08:34:02 -0700 (PDT)
Fred and all --

Takoma Village, 43 units,  in DC is a combination of townhouses and
apartment style units.

Eastern Village, 56 units, in Silver Spring MD is all apartment style units.

Ann Zabaldo

On 8/18/04 12:15 PM, "Fred H Olson" <fholson [at]> wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Aug 2004, Chris ScottHanson wrote:
>> This might be an interesting site for cohousing in LA.
>> Cut and paste this URL into your webbrowser for details:
>> Anyone interested, or know anyone who might be interested?
>> Chris ScottHanson
> Hi Chris,
> In the US the dominant form of cohousing has 1- 4 units per building with
> each unit having a door that opens onto the outdoor common street or
> courtyard.  Is the term townhouses appropriate here? Of course there are
> a few alternate forms and variations.
>> From my limited familiarity, it is my impression that in Sweden it is much
> more common for cohousing communities ("Kollektivhus" - collective
> housing) to more resemble apartment buildings with apartments on several
> upper floors and the common space on the first floor.
> For locations where land availability is restricted this form can work.
> Chris, I presume something like this is what you had in mind when you
> pointed out the LA building.
> One very specific thing that would be helpful would be some terms to
> describe the alternatives. Townhouse vs apartment style?  Unfortuntely it
> is harder to get an image of apartment style cohousing.  One image I offer
> is of Bo-90 in Copenhagen which has connected decks on each residential
> floor as see in the image at:
> Anyone care to comment on the relative merits and disadvantages?  Folks on
> the list who live in such places?  Cambridige Cohousing is a hybrid that
> includes a big building with elevators and some townhouses which seems
> like a nice compromise.
> In the US the popularity of the single family house probably makes it
> inevitable that most cohousing groups will opt for designs with closer
> connection to the outdoors and having a little land around units.  But I
> think it would be useful for us to be more aware of and consider alternate
> forms where appropriate.
> Fred 
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