Each cohousing community is unique, serving communities based on shared interests, shared circumstances, or shared experiences. In particular, the changing demographics in developed countries including the U.S. has led to a strong contingency of senior cohousing communities. One example is the Oakcreek Community, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, profiled in a short video by OKCFOX.
Here are three takeaways from their tour of the community.
There’s Always a Helping Hand
"We've had a number of people trip and fall in the grass," resident Doug Sander said. "They didn't necessarily hurt themselves seriously, but there's always somebody right there to say 'Oh can we help you?'"
Because intentional communities are fundamentally created based on their community links, residents have a vested interest in the wellbeing of their neighbors.
Shared Resources Provide Benefits
"I want a sustainable life. I want relationships with people," said Tracy Nordquist, a new resident of Oakcreek.
Residents may share common spaces, tools and resources, and even knowledge through organized events. Therefore, living in cohousing not only conserves resources, but also create connection points for people to rally around hobbies and interests they may have in common.
Spaces Are Thoughtfully Designed
The architect even designed the railing on the front porches for perching. If someone is sitting on the porch, it means they're open to company.
Many cohousing communities are built expressly for the purpose of fostering connections, and therefore, the architects have thought through how to make the spaces warm and welcoming.
Be sure to watch the video in the original article to read more of the stories from this community.