Cornerstone Village Cohousing

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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FROM OUR VISION STATEMENT

PURPOSE ~ We have come together to live in cohousing because we believe that people living in community live richer and happier lives. We value the cooperative process of operating our own community. In today's world, many neighborhoods do not serve the supportive function that they did in previous generations. An intentional, collaborative community can contribute to an individual's sense of belonging and their ability to contribute to the well-being of others and society as a whole.

FINANCIAL/LEGAL DESCRIPTION ~ Structured as a condominium all of our 32 units, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to 3 or 4-bedroom two-story apartments and townhouses, are owner-occupied. There are a few very rare rental opportunities, usually sharing a unit with others. All pricing is comparable to the standard Cambridge market.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION ~ We are located in a diverse neighborhood with easy access to public transportation, stores and open spaces such as the adjacent Linear Park, for both pedestrian and biking use. The community design maximizes open shared space, such as gardens and play space. A central common house offers room for shared dinners and other community activities. We also have two dens, an exercise room, arts & crafts room, and a kids' playroom.

ACCESSIBILITY ~ The community is fully visitable/accessible for disabled persons, both residents and visitors.

COMMUNITY ~ Physical design encourages spontaneous interaction. Besides regular resident-prepared community meals, we create community through shared activities, work, play and joy. Learning and teaching of skills between members, especially across generations, is encouraged. Interdependence and mutual assistance are promoted as an integral part of daily life. Many of us are involved in the neighborhood as well as the wider community. We use the consensus as our mode of decision-making.

DIVERSITY ~ The community promotes cultural, racial and economic diversity through a broad outreach, the inclusion of affordable units and a welcoming attitude. We welcome families with children, singles, married couples, empty nesters and same-sex households.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY ~ Cohousing allows for a lighter, less consumer-oriented lifestyle. Economies of scale abound, including sharing of tools, child care, and guest rooms. We recycle, compost, conserve water and try to be as environmentally responsible as we can.


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