New View Cohousing

Acton, Massachusetts, United States

  • Last updated: December 17, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

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.
  • 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. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.newview.org/
  • Contact Name: Contact us via the newview.org website
  • Community Address:
    25 Half Moon Hill
    Acton, Massachusetts, 01720
    United States
  • Location

About

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

Housing

  • 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

Membership

  • 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.

Government

  • 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

Economics

  • 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%

Lifestyle

  • 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

Coho/US