Dallas Cohousing

Dallas, Texas, United States

  • Last updated: February 14, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: August 16, 2010

Mission Statement

To create a welcoming community based on cooperation and fun.

Community Description

We’re growing a community of like-minded folks who’d like to live cooperatively in urban Dallas, close to DART rail.

Our goals: to be priced at market level or less, sustainable, and diverse.

Our models for living together include cohousing–homes for individual households, plenty of shared space & meals, decisions by consensus–and the ecovillage concepts of living in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

We’re interested in possibly sharing:
• work space (for those of us working from home)
• dinners
• a garden to grow some of our own food
• child care
• space for yoga, other kinds of movement
• home schooling
• cars
• a food buying club
• community-supported agriculture (CSA membership)

Our vision of retrofitting includes affordable energy efficiency and sustainability. E.g., solar-assisted hot water, rainwater reclamation, foam insulation under the roof.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    We envision a condominium legal structure.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    We are meeting regularly with folks interested in this concept.

    If you are interested, please call or email us.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Attend meeting regularly.
    Accept responsibility for moving the community forward.
    Make monetary contributions as described below.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Join Fee: $500
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $10
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    2-8 hrs of outreach & planning per month

    $500 for full membership: reserves your place in line to choose your unit

    We’re asking $10/month for marketing purposes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Wind
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Gym or sports area, Internet, All these are hypothetical: we expect this to change, depending on who joins the community.
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    This is our goal. We’ll see what the community wants as the group grows.

    Our goal is that any meat we eat will be humanely & sustainably raised

    We envision wine & beer with dinner, for those who enjoy it.

    We don’t smoke but would like there to be public space for smokers, if any join the group.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Buddhist, Jewish
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US


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