New View Cohousing

Last updated: December 17, 2015 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

New View Cohousing

(Acton, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Contact us via the website
  • Community Address:
    25 Half Moon Hill
    Acton, Massachusetts, 01720
    United States

Mission Statement:

Neighborliness – mutual support

Community Description:

We are families and individuals who share meals, child rearing, joys and sorrows, taking care of the land, and creating beauty. We seek a balance of privacy and community in our lives.
We are located about 20 miles west of Boston adjacent to a farm and several hundred acres of conservation land. Acton is a pleasant, suburban community with great schools.


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


  • Area: 20 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 24
  • Planned number of residences: 24
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: One triplex, five duplexes; 11 single family–24 units in all


  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Visit website and fill out contact form
  • Membership Process: We rarely have units for sale, but we maintain an email contact list for when one does come up.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Board of Trustees aka Steering Committee is chosen by the entire community, and charters other committees


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Purchase of condo unit is required for condo membership

    Condominuim fees are proportional to house size; fees for shared meals in common house

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: can range from 0-3x per week

    Prohibited in common indoor spaces

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

Somewhere between suburbia and small town

Community Network or Organization Affiliations


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