Three Cool Cohousing Events This Saturday, 31 May

lv-logo-circle-textJoin Liberty Village on Saturday, May 31 2014 for their Phase II Building Open House, 12 noon – 5PM. Download the Open House flyer.

  • Meet their builder, Frank Dertzbaugh
  • Speak with a lender
  • See their house designs and prices
  • Tour the neighborhood and existing homes
  • Learn about: Cohousing; Consensus; Ground source heating
  • Locally grown/made food available
  • Hey Kids: come and moon‐bounce; swim in our portable pool; feed our chickens; enjoy our playground (so tell your parents to come by!)
  • Coming from out-of-town? You can stay there at no cost – just ask!

Liberty Village Cohousing
9130 Liberty Village Way, Union Bridge, MD 21791
Come home to a neighborhood where neighbors actually know their neighbors. Call 301-304‐0158, visit www.libertyvillage.com, or check them out on facebook.


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Heathcote Community Visitor Days
May 31, Aug 23 & Nov 1, 2014
21300 Heathcote Road, Freeland, MD 21053.
www.heathcote.org
Heathcote Visitor Days typically include gardening, music at the farmhouse, a community presentation, lunch, community tour, work projects, socializing, dinner and an evening activity such as a sing-a-long, bonfire, or game night. Register for Visitor Day here.


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Making Meetings Magic Workshop
May 31, 9AM – 5PM
at Blueberry Hill Cohousing
9701 Farmside Place, Vienna VA
Learn tools use can use for effective, fun and energizing meetings where decision are made with grade and flow. Register online at stormintegration.com/register.

Have you seen our advertisement in the The Muslim Link?

Would you like to…
DESIGN a community that reflects your values.
SOCIALIZE and worship with your neighbors.
INTERACT across generational & cultural boundaries.
SHARE community meals & activities.

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We’re seeking families and singles of all kinds to create the first Muslim cohousing community in the DC area. We’ve put an advertisement in The Muslim Link — a bi-weekly newspaper that is distributed throughout the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas — in an effort to reach out to those who are looking for cohousing, but don’t know (yet) that such an incredible concept exists or that others in the area are working on creating a Muslim cohousing community locally.

JOIN Good Tree Village!
Contact us to join or learn more.
Do you have a friend who may be interested?
phone: 301.541.3223 (Kori) or 301.337.7171 (Ishaq)
email: GoodTreeVillage [at] gmail [dot] com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoodTreeVillage

On the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour: Eastern Village

Last May I spent the better part of a perfect, cloudless, spring Saturday on a bus with a bunch of strangers learning about community by walking through it and asking a slew of probing and thoughtful questions.

Ann Zabaldo, the DC metro area’s cohousing guru and Takoma Village Cohousing resident, set us off with some words of wisdom: Yeah, there will be lots of cool buildings — LEED-this and geothermal-that — but don’t forget to ask the really important questions: How often does the community break bread together? How do these unique personalities manage to get along? How do they make decisions as a community? How do they govern themselves? Leave it to Ann to help you put your focus on the pulse of community life.

Though the jumping-off point of the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour was Takoma Village in northwest DC, the first cohousing community we explored was Eastern Village just a short bus ride away in Silver Spring. For those sprung on green buildings, Eastern Village’s Silver LEED status definitely sparkled the eyes. The lush courtyard and climbing plants on the street facade almost foretold of the building’s green sedum roof also shared by a play set, covered patio, bicycle storage and sand play area.

on the roof: playground and patio

green roof and a grand view

We toured several compact apartments and others that were double-height or the roomy result of combining adjacent apartments. Every level of the plant-lined courtyard seemed to allow each unit to get their fair share of natural light. Each condo also gets its economical far share of the geothermal HV/AC. While most of the condos weren’t expansive — right-sized, rather — all of them were graciously complemented by extensive shared space like a kitchen, dining and living room, workout room, children’s playroom, library, workshop, and three guest rooms. So what if your condo doesn’t have a spare guest room. I can think of a few situations (in-laws) where it would be better to have your company visit without necessarily having to share the same space for the whole live-long day.

common living room

a shared hallway library

getting things done: Eastern Village Cohousing’s task card system

sunlight from the courtyard

While consensus seemed to be a challenge with the community of more than 100 people (around 30 were in high school or below), our hosts at Eastern Village described themselves spontaneously social. Because they are so close to tons of great restaurants they tend to eat out a lot. When they do come together it’s during a weekly potluck.

common kitchen and dining room

children’s room

a lush courtyard to share

Having the vision to see this community in what was once upon a time a decrepit office building and parking lot in a blighted area takes quite a lot of faith, imagination and guts.

If Eastern Village Cohousing sounds compelling to you, last time I checked there were a few units for sale. Urban Living? Downtown Silver Spring? LEED? and Cohousing? They won’t be on the market for long.

We visited many of the DC metro area’s cohousing communities on the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour. Up next in this four-part series: Liberty Village.

Part 1: Eastern Village Cohousing, Silver Spring, MD
Part 2: Liberty Village Cohousing, Libertytown, MD
Part 3: Blueberry Hill Cohousing, Vienna VA
Part 4: Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC

Have you visited Eastern Village or walked by thinking it was just another urban apartment building? What did you think about it?