Welcome! Mid Atlantic Cohousing (MAC) is a consortium of built, building or forming cohousing communities from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Seeking to serve all who live, play or work in cohousing, our borders are permeable enough to include YOUR community!
The Cohousing Association of the US (Coho/US) is organizing National Cohousing Open House Days April 23-24, 2022.
For this year’s celebration, Mid Atlantic Cohousing (MAC) will reprise its popular and well-attended The Doctor is IN! event on Sunday, April 24, 2022, 2pm-3:30pm EDT (1:00p Central, Noon mountain, 11 AM PDT).
Our panel of "Doctors" will happily answer your questions on anything and everything cohousing:
Your questions, observations, comments will be welcomed.
The Doctor Is IN!
... is NOT a tour of any community. Rather, it's a Q&A session designed to support the work of those who are Forming, Building or are Living in a cohousing community. Inquirers, seekers, the curious ... old hands, new hands ... all are welcome at this Zoom meeting. To wit, MAC invites YOU -- no matter where you live, or what stage in your dream you find yourself -- to meet the one and only Attending Doctors, with over 60 years of experience listed:
Special guest! Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach and National Cohousing Open House Days co-organizer, will join us from Berkeley, California, where he lives at Berkeley and helps groups regionally organize.
All are Members of the Board of Directors for MAC.
Other "Doctors" may join us as their golf games end ...
What happens if you don't like one of your neighbors?
Are pets allowed?
Can I sell my cohousing home when I want to?
With all those questions above and your questions at hand, the "Doctors" will address all things cohousing including but not limited to development models, marketing, outreach and building the community along with the bricks n' mortar buildings.
Please join us for this fun event! Sign up on this Meetup.
NOTE: After signing up, you will see the link to register via Zoom.com. Once you have registered at Zoom you will be given yet another link to access the event on Sunday the 24th. Do not lose the link! It is specific to YOU and only YOU. There's no generic link. One suggestion: copy the link and paste it in your calendar.
Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday, April 24! 2-3:30pm EDST :-)
Martie, Tom, Ann, Daisy, Lorraine, Sue
Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Cohousing
To repeat ... this Meetup event is NOT a tour of any cohousing community either virtual or live.
SPECIAL NOTE: Mid Atlantic Cohousing (MAC) member communities are offering virtual or in-person tours of their communities this weekend. Here's one in our region: Juniper Commons in Harrisonburg, Virginia. You can sign up for their Open House event and see others all over, in person or virtual:
EVC Has Record Turnout for Tour
More than 60 people attended the Eastern Village tour in mid-August. About 10 EVC residents presented information about the workings of their community from governance to social activities to expectations of participation. The presentation was followed by tours of the common areas of the building (the entire community is housed in one vast building) and homes showing off their many award-winning eco-features. Attendees were also invited to attend a membership meeting and dinner following the tour.
The tour had a further spillover effect. When a house at EVC came on the market in September 39 people attended the Open House for the unit resale many of whom had attended the tour in August. The sellers received three offers on their home.
If you are interested in living at Eastern Village, Montgomery County Maryland's only cohousing community, the community strongly encourages people to observe at least one of their monthly community meetings and attend one or more of their social activities. They believe that way you will be able to see if cohousing and Eastern Village, in particular, are right for you.
For further information Contact Eastern Village:
Eastern Village Cohousing
7981 Eastern Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Speaking of Open Houses ...
Emerson Commons has an Open House for its 26 unit community coming up on Saturday, September 21st. Details from their announcement: "Find out about living with people of all ages
on a car free street where kids can play. Take a tour of this new
community in Crozet, Virginia. Free. Saturday, September 21st tours and
information sessions start at 3 and end at 5 but you can join us for dinner
from 5-6pm. Emerson Commons at 1317 Parkview Dr, Crozet, VA 22932. Call 540-438-5940 for more information. Se habla espanol."
Take a look at this elegant 3D animation of its neighborhood!
More News on MAC Communities
The folks at Harrisonburg Cohousing are building an intergenerational cohousing neighborhood in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg is a thriving small city in the Blue Ridge mountains with great nearby hiking and biking, and easy access to world-class performing arts through the James Madison University Forbes Center.
Harrisonburg has a very diverse population, with more than 50 languages spoken by incoming kindergarteners, and strong social justice vibe from the local universities and Mennonite populations. In 2017, National Geographic listed Harrisonburg as one of their “20 Best Mountain Bike Towns”, Southern Living named it in their list of “15 Affordable Small Towns we Love”, and Forbes said it's “One of the Best 25 places to Retire”.
Go for a visit, and let the members show you around town and take you on a tour of their 5.4 acre property.
Cohousing of Greater Baltimore has a new website! CGB is a forming community in the Baltimore, Maryland area, Here's what they say about their forming group:
We are in the very early phases of bringing together a critical mass of people interested in designing and building a senior cohousing community in the Baltimore area.
Perhaps the most important development is that we have organized ourselves into effective committees (Marketing, Membership Services, Mission and Values, Administration/Finance, and Site Identification), all of which have been working to move us forward. Every member participates in at least one of these groups, with the result that members are more actively engaged and actual progress is achieved every month.
It is especially satisfying to see the sense of community that arises out of sharing these responsibilities. As we get to know each other through this work, the prospect of living together in community is even more appealing: a virtuous circle of increasing engagement and excitement about what we are trying to accomplish.
There is always room for more. if you want to learn more about what we're doing and maybe dip your toe into the process, our marketing team is putting together a regular series of programs for potential new members, discussing what cohousing is about and helping people think about whether and how this might work for them. Let us know if you would like more information!
We are excited by the prospect of working with each other to create the community that will sustain us in our later years, and would be happy to engage others in this effort. To learn more about our efforts, check out our Facebook page or contact Mike Dennis.
Are you considering building a cohousing community? Trying to interest a developer in taking on your project? Let us help you! Check out the handbook and DVD produced by MAC targeted to developers showing them how to integrate cohousing into their housing mix. Building Sustainable Communities for Today's Housing Market has detailed interviews and information from the top three cohousing developers in the US. Order from us today!
Spring Clean Up Shepherd Village
Springtime Hundredfold Farm
Eastern Village Planning Meeting
Mid Atlantic Cohousing is deeply involved in teaching the art of living in community. We are committed to the profound work of creating a sustainable society, one neighborhood at a time. In a world that often seems disparate, we take on the challenges of providing space and time that foster connection. To this end we provide direct educational services to our member communities. We also educate and inform the public about cohousing. Each year we provide an array of educational and informational events for member communities as well as those open to the public.