New Brighton, Columbia Ecovillage (was Re: USA Today Article on Silver Sage and Senior Cohousing)
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 14:25:14 -0700 (PDT)
When I had the opportunity to visit Randa and others at New Brighton
(Central California coast), I got to see an approach toward cohousing that
I'd not seen before - conversion of existing, conventional multi-family
housing into cohousing:

Another new community using a similar approach, on a larger scale with more
extensive remodeling/additions, is Columbia Ecovillage (Portland, OR):<>
I last saw Columbia as they were just starting construction - and now people
have started moving in.

Both also have homes for sale.
There are other, similar conversions - I expect this will become an
important portion of the broad Cohousing movement. Just think of the vast
number of existing apartment buildings, townhouse complexes, condominium
developments, and more.

It is easy to think of Cohousing as being about new, purpose-built homes
with common houses. Cohousing continues to emerge in a variety of other
"form-factors"... I can't wait to see what's next.


On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM, R.N. Johnson <cohoranda [at]> wrote:

> I would take the USA Today article with a gain of salt.  While there are
> many families with children in cohousing, there are also many seniors, and
> people who choose not to have children.  You won't find a lot of twenty
> somethings, but other age groups are well represented, and there is a lot of
> variation between communities.  I would not recommend multi-generational
> cohousing to anyone who actively dislikes kids, but is is a great place for
> people who like to make friends of all ages.
> I would encourage you to keep an eye on this list, and to check out the
> Cohousing Association Homes for rent section.  Most cohousers own their
> homes, but many communities also have some renters. The economic downturn
> seems to be increasing the number of cohousing rentals, so this is a good
> time to look.Good luck!
> Randa Johnson
> New Brighton Cohousing
> Aptos, CA
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