Frequently asked questions
- What are some important features of cohousing?
- How much will Green Haven units cost?
- I have concerns about privacy. What kind of privacy can I expect if I choose to join the Green Haven community?
- What about safety and security?
- Will there be a work or participation requirement?
- What will the common house include?
- Will there be space for members to grow some of their own food?
- What is the relationship of Green Haven to the wider community?
- Privately owned homes in a community where privacy is valued and interaction and sharing among neighbors happens naturally
- Pedestrian-friendly layout that encourages walking and where children can play easily and safely outside
- Resalability—cohousing homes typically retain value and appreciate faster than conventional housing
- Common house and green space that provide for a broad range of recreational areas and activities
- The safety and security inherent in everyone’s knowing one another
- Reduced energy consumption And sustainable design.
- Multigenerational community
- A range of prices for homes, encouraging economic diversity
- A return to the cooperation, neighborliness, and independence that have deep roots in the American character
- Consensus decision-making by the community members on managing and maintaining the community
For a broad overview on cohousing, visit www.cohousing.org.
The target price range, depending on unit size, is $200,000 to 300,000. We hope to be able to include affordable housing units and may also include provisions for rental units.
Each living unit will provide the normal amount of privacy any of us would expect in an attached, single-family home. While the layout of the community will encourage interaction among neighbors, anyone who wants a period of seclusion and privacy needs merely close the front door.
Typically, cohousing neighborhoods are very safe, because neighbors all know one another (there is very little turnover in cohousing communities). A multigenerational community means that there are trusted adults present nearly all the time, so parents feel safe letting children play outside without formal supervision. Invited guests are always welcome, but most cohousing communities encourage strangers interested in cohousing to make appointments for tours rather than just wander in.
Most cohousing communities have a structured work requirement for their members. The Green Haven community places a high value on active participation. As a self-managed community there is always an abundance of opportunities to pitch in and get involved, with a wide variety of types of work to fit the talents, interests and limitations of individuals. Those who participate in this way often report that working closely together with others is an especially satisfying way of connecting and feeling a strong sense of community.
Green Haven plans to have:
- A large kitchen and a dining room that can accommodate community meetings and shared meals
- Smaller rooms such as a sitting room, a television lounge, and a library, that can be used for family parties, committee meetings, and formal and informal gatherings of all types
- A laundry room for use by members who choose not to have their own laundry facilities
- A children's play room and a teen lounge
- A craft room, an art studio and a workshop
- Guest rooms that may be reserved and for use by members' guests
- Office space for those who work from home
Many if us are already involved in serious gardening and even farming, and we are committed to including ample space to continue these contributions to the health and resilience of our community and our neighborhood.
Green Haven takes an active interest in the wider community. Many of our founding members are active in the effort to help make our bioregion more resilient economically and more sustainable ecologically. We support groups such as the Greater New Haven Transition Initiative, The New Haven Bioregional Group, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, ShareHaven Time Bank and many others.