Re: question about cohousing communities that have not made it
From: Bryan Bowen (
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:31:30 -0700 (PDT)
Fred, that's a great answer.

In our experience, the reasons for groups to fail before construction
include (in order of frequency):

   1. Didn't find land
   2. Couldn't make the budget work
   3. Prices from the otherwise feasible budget were too high for the local
   4. Didn't get a preliminary approval they needed
   5. Not enough buyer interest in the project, for a ton of various

That's off the top of my head and based on our experience. I'm curious to
hear what others say.

- b


*caddis collaborative*
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On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 4:16 PM Fred H Olson <fholson [at]> wrote:

> Jim Bronson >jimbronsonashland [at]> asked:
> >One of our explorer couples is interested to know about cohousing
> >communities that have failed, both 1)  after they were built and occupied,
> >and 2) when they were in a stage of formation.
> I am not aware of of any communities that got built and occupied and
> then failed.  But most cohousing development efforts are not successful.
> Of the 461 communities listed in cohousing directory from 1994 - 2017,
> 317 failed to get built (69%) and 144 succeeded (31%).
> From correspondence a while back, a cohousing developer in Madison, WI
> came up with similar numbers.
> See my page at
> about how I came to this conclusion.
> It would be nice to know how many failed after getting to various stages
> of development but I am unaware of any such information.  Some of
> those in my study may not have gotten beyond the idea stage with a
> directory listing...
> Fred
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