Re: Is consensus holding back the cohousing movement?
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:28:14 -0800 (PST)
Offhand, I think we’ve had six folks move out of Mosaic Commons? Somewhere
around that anyway.

None have moved into cohousing. But I don’t  think we can draw any
conclusions at all  from that.  Open spots in cohousing communities are few
and far between. It’s not like you can just say one day, I think I’ll buy a
home in a cohousing community.

I think one of our members did indeed consciously choose not to live in
another cohousing neighborhood. One moved for work. Was there a cohousing
home for sale nearby? I doubt it. One moved because of divorce, but stayed
nearby for kid reasons. Pretty sure there’s no homes for sale near us. In
fact, there’s only one other community near us and units come up for sale
at New View very seldom. Would he have chosen cohousing if available? Who

On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 11:10 AM Anna Amato <aamato216 [at]> wrote:

> Hello Fellow Cohousers!
> My name is Anna Amato and I live at Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington
> DC along with listserv regulars (and my friends) Sharon Villines and Ann
> Zabaldo.
> Something came up recently that got me wondering.
> One of our very active members has recently announced that she is moving
> for personal reasons. When I asked her if she is considering cohousing in
> the new state she is moving to, she quickly replied, "Oh no."  She said she
> found consensus decision-making and all of the process in cohousing very
> frustrating and emotionally exhausting. She loved the community spirit and
> fun events and knowing all her neighbors, but it wasn't enough.
> When I thought about it, I realized that of the over 25 households that
> have moved away in our 20 years of existence, only 3 had subsequently moved
> into cohousing.  "Wow," I thought. "That's only 12 percent." And I also
> thought that, at this rate, we won't be doubling the number of cohousing
> communities, for 40 years.
> So I have a question for other cohousing communities:
> How many of your member households who have moved have immediately, or
> eventually, moved into cohousing in their new locations?  Perhaps your
> experience has been different and I would be curious to find out.
> Thanks for your responses, and even just posting the number is enough (you
> don't have to write a treatise about it...unless you want to!)
> Perhaps this topic has been covered, if so, just direct me to it.
> Cohousingly yours,
> Anna
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