We intentionally designed our cohousing community to encourage day-t0-day interactions among neighbors. Our homes and front porches open to a curving pedestrian-only pathway. Our common house (community building), grassy circle, and children's play areas greet us as we walk through the front gate. Our swimming pool is nestled behind the common house. Our common house is the hub of our community with a kitchen, large room and library for meetings and events (e.g., shared meals, celebrations, birthday parties, guest speakers, etc.) and a playroom for our children.
We are a self-managed cohousing community and make our decisions by consensus. We volunteer for the committees, task forces, and necessary tasks that keep our community running. And we hold monthly community meetings to share what we've accomplished, discuss new ideas and proposals, and socialize.