Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A living arrangement that combines private living quarters with common dining and activity areas in a community whose residents share in tasks such as childcare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Housing in which the residents' private space is supplemented by communal facilities such as a shared kitchen and/or dining room.

Etymologies

co- +‎ housing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The recession and crash in the housing market also have hobbled the movement, said Kathryn McCamant, an architect and developer in the Bay Area who coined the term cohousing.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Charles Durrett introduced cohousing to the United States, coined the term cohousing, and is the winner of the 2001 United Nations Human Habitat Award, among others.

    YubaNet.com

  • People interested in cohousing and considering Portland should check out Daybreak Cohousing, www. daybreakcohousing.org in north Portland.

    Co-Housing Trend Hits Seattle « PubliCola

  • The difference with cohousing is the intention for community.

    Co-Housing Trend Hits Seattle « PubliCola

  • Shanty says one of the reasons why the families are attracted to the idea of cohousing is their disenchantment with most of the residential estates built by major developers.

    The Jakarta Post Breaking News

  • I had to popular-search-engine the term "cohousing" because I thought it was just a fancy word for "apartment" apartmenting 2.0, but man was I wrong...

    Nice Assist: Worth its Weight in Milk

  • He and his wife and partner, Kathryn McCamant introduced the "cohousing" model to the United States, a cross between eco-village and custom neighborhood.

    YubaNet.com

  • In a shareable world, things like car sharing, community gardening, and cohousing bring us together, make life more fun, and free up time and money for the important things in life.

    Boing Boing

  • I did hear that with so much distressed property on the market (at the apartment/condo building or multiple homes level within different neighborhoods) there's an interesting opportunity for would-be cohousing developers to retrofit existing properties as cohousing communities.

    Co-Housing Trend Hits Seattle « PubliCola

  • With more cohousing properties in the offing in multiple cities, the Bothell-based Cohousing Association of the United States is running bus tours in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle to school potential co-habitants or would-be cohousing group developers on what the lifestyle involves and how different communities operate.

    Co-Housing Trend Hits Seattle « PubliCola

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