Mosaic Commons

Last updated: July 18, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mosaic Commons

(Berlin, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Mosaic Commons
  • Phone: 978-415-9666
  • Address:
    22 Village Ln
    Berlin, Massachusetts, 1503
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact via email or phone.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:


Community Description:

Mosaic Commons is a cohousing community sharing land with Camelot Cohousing in Berlin, Massachusetts. (Both communities together are “Sawyer Hill Ecovillage.”) Construction was completed in summer of 2009. As of the beginning of 2014, we have several income-restricted homes for sale.

Mosaic Commons includes 34 townhouses and flats, ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms in size.

Our guiding principles include a commitment to creating a supportive, diverse community; affordability; and environmental consciousness. Our homes are superinsulated, meet many LEED standards, and are built with as many low-toxicity sustainable materials as possible.

We’re committed to open, green space. Almost 30 acres of our land is preserved as conservation land. Clustered duplex and triplex buildings leave most of our remaining 35 acres as open space.

Our community includes ages ranging from 1 to 73; people of many spiritual and ethnic backgrounds; gay, straight and bisexual members; singles, couples and families.

Our Vision & Values
* A Vibrant, Dynamic and Sharing Community
* A Green, Lasting Community
* A Diverse and Inclusive Community
* A Community of Many Voices
* A Supportive and Healthy Community

Berlin is a small mostly rural town of about 2600 residents, conveniently located between Worcester and Boston.


  • Adult Members: 62
  • Child Members: 18
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We support any schooling choices parents make.

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 65 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 34
  • Additional Comments: jointly owned with Camelot Cohousing

    Mosaic has 34 units, attached as townhouse-style duplexes and triplexes


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: participation at meetings and on teams

    home purchase

    homeowner assoc. fees



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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: large organic community garden, small herb garden, several individual gardens

    we try to offer many options to those with various eating restrictions

    nearly all common meals offer a vegetarian option

    smoking prohibited in community buildings


Additional Comments

very small town, near-rural, but within the Boston metro area

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Completed
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2009
  • Shared common building: No (4000 square feet)
  • Architect: Kraus-Fitch Architects
  • Developer: self-developed
  • Commercial Lender: Boston Private Bank and Trust, Cooperative Fund of New England, Life Initiative Fund, Wainwright Bank

Community Network or Organization Affiliations


Community Affiliations

Sawyer Hill EcoVillage, Camelot Cohousing


green, super-insulated, super-insulation, superinsulation, central massachusetts, affordable

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