Jamaica Plain Cohousing

Last updated: August 6, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Jamaica Plain Cohousing

(Boston, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1999
  • Start Living Together: 2005
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jamaica Plain Cohousing
  • Phone: 781-267-5053
  • Address:
    65 Cornwall Street
    Boston, Massachusetts, 02130
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Call Jeanne at 781-267-5053, or send an email to or fill out our web form at If Jeanne or the web form is not available call 617-522-2209. We regret that we are unable to accommodate overnight guests.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    only when a unit is up for sale

Mission Statement:

Urban cohousing near train

Community Description:

We are a mixed-income, multigenerational, urban cohousing condominium within walking distance to public transportation, that is committed to being in attunement with its urban setting. As part of that commitment we maintain a system of ride sharing, subsidized MBTA fare passes, and community bicycles. We use a modified consensus process to make decisions and are committed to resolving conflicts through honest, direct, and respectful communication.

Four hours of member work per month are expected but we are in process of revising this system. Participation in group meals in encouraged, but not mandated. We strive to work cooperatively for mutual benefit, while respecting personal autonomy and the privacy of one’s home. We actively participate in neighborhood events and act as a CSA drop-off site.

We do on-site composting and have eight raised-bed gardens with organic soil. We are committed to conserving natural resources through environmentally-sound construction, energy conservation, recycling, and reducing consumption by sharing materials. All common areas and individual units are accessible to people with disabilities. We value diversity and welcome people from all classes, races, cultures, sexual orientations, and traditional and nontraditional families.


  • Adult Members: 58
  • Child Members: 13
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Everyone has their own spiritual tradition

    Schooling arrangement are up to each household

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Condo board of directors

    but we can vote if a proposal comes up 3 times and we have not reached consensus

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 0.9 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: 1 building; 2 wings


    We have 6971 additional square feet of unfinished basement space in the west wing

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: You have to be able to afford a house

    4 hours per month. This does not include committee work or participating in the community meals

    You have to be able to afford a house.

    Condo fees



  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: Average is once a week

    Very small amount in raised beds

    We offer vegetarian option at meals

    Since people have private homes, this is hard to estimate

    currently there are no smokers in the group


Additional Comments

very urban. 1 block from subway.

3 households founded JP cohousing

30 households live in JP cohousing

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Completed
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2005
  • Shared common building: No (6968 square feet)
  • Architect: Kraus-Fitch and Domenech, Hicks Krockmalnic
  • Developer: us
  • Commercial Lender: Wainwright Bank and Trust

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge