WE’VE MOVED IN

We’re all settling into our new homes at at 1733 E.33rd Ave. We received our occupancy permit from the City of Vancouver on Feb. 22, closed on our unit purchases and began moving in on Feb. 26.

It’s hard to believe that four years after the first public meeting at the WISE Hall in February 2012, Vancouver Cohousing is a reality. It’s like the detailed model under plexiglass that our architects created has come to life.

With almost all our kitchens facing into the courtyard, we’re in touch with who’s around and what’s happening. We’re dropping in on each other at will, helping each other out, sharing vacuums, carpooling kids to school, borrowing what we need – just being good neighbours, which is the whole idea of cohousing.

All 29 units for sale are sold. And we have signed leases with the tenants for the two apartments that the City of Vancouver has required to be always rentals.

Like all cohousing communities, Vancouver Cohousing consists of privately owned homes plus extensive common areas. Ours was designed by residents who have chosen to live in a close-knit neighbourhood.

The members of our community come from all stages of life and ages – including 18 children – with a wide range of interests. We plan to have regular shared meals in the common house and all residents, tenants included, will participate in cooking and the upkeep of our common property.

The common house is the heart of our community with a large dining room, kitchen, lounge, children’s playroom, craft room, laundry, two guest rooms, workshop, bike storage, youth room, shared office, studio, mountain-view roof deck and underground parking.

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The front of Vancouver Cohousing along East 33rd Avenue.

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A view of the courtyard with the common house at the north end and the mountains beyond.

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Our first potluck in the common house.

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Just one of so many neighbourly scenes.

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Looking North past the planter boxes

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