Re: Was the reality of cohousing different than your dream?
From: Alice Alexander (
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 06:25:33 -0700 (PDT)
Such a great question!

In speaking for myself, of my overall experience living in cohousing for 6
years: cohousing was and is better than expected.

However, there are many aspects of community life that I expected, but
didn't happen, for one reason or another. And other aspects I didn't
expect, of which I am not fond.
So there are disappointments I've experienced.

But then, and this is an important point made recently by one of my wise
at some point, all of us in cohousing are going to be disappointed, with
our community not meeting our expectations.
That's normal!
These disappointments can be motivation for seeking change, or can be an
opportunity to be accommodating, or can be a learning experience that your
community can't always live up to what you would like.

Alice Alexander
Durham Central Park Cohousing (Durham No Carolina)

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> I have a question for those living in the established communities.
> I am part of a forming community, Sunnyside Village Cohousing in
> Marysville, Washington.
> I am doing a lot of marketing and promotions to gain members so we can
> begin the construction process.
> Here's what I'm curious about:
> If you were part of the forming stage of your community, when you
> actually did finally move in was there a difference in your
> anticipation of what you thought it would be like and the reality of
> what actually living in cohousing is like? Better/worse/different?
> Thanks for your help and support!
> Jennie Lindberg
> Sunnyside Village Cohousing
> Marysville, WA
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Alice Alexander

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