Jamaica Plain Cohousing

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

  • Last updated: December 1, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

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.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1999
  • Start Living Together: 2005
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.jpcohousing.org/
  • Contact Name: Jamaica Plain Cohousing
  • Phone: 781-267-5053
  • Community Address:
    65 Cornwall Street
    Boston, Massachusetts, 02130
    United States
  • Location


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


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

    1 building; 2 wings


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


  • Adult Members: 47
  • Child Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call Jeanne at 781-267-5053, or send an email to [email protected] or fill out our web form at www.jpcohousing.org. If Jeanne or the web form is not available call 617-522-2209. We regret that we are unable to accommodate overnight guests.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    only when a unit is up for sale

  • Additional Comments:

    Everyone has their own spiritual tradition

    Schooling arrangement are up to each household


  • 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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • 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

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet 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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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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