You can hear the founding mother of cohousing in United States on the Transforming cities podcast
I found it on spotify below:
It is interesting to hear her background and how she became an architect and developer of cohousing.
I think the idea of cohousing is amazing but people have to realize it’s a gamble. You could find an amazing community and a house or you could find it doesn’t work for you, for whatever reason. Living with a group can be tough and selling your house can be tough especially if some owners associations take forever to make decisions and do upkeep of the common areas.
I find it interesting that most to all of the public speakers on cohousing have moved from one cohousing to another, trying to form a new one, or don’t live in them at all. I have been paying attention! Of course, I don’t know why and it could be divorce and career moves, but it is suspicious. I wish I had known that even people who are the biggest cheerleaders of cohousing (like I was) might not end up living there the rest of their lives.