Stony Brook Cohousing

Last updated: July 21, 2012 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: April 4, 2007

Stony Brook Cohousing

(Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Kristen Simmons
  • Phone: 617-648-0568
  • Address:
    Stony Brook Cohousing
    PO Box 300601
    Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us at 617-648-0568 or

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Green, affordable, diverse

Community Description:

We are seeking individuals and families to join our urban cohousing community. We are rehabbing the historic Blessed Sacrament Church in the Hyde Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain (Boston). It’s a great time to get involved, because members are currently designing the facility with the architect, making decisions about which environmentally friendly materials will be used and more.

The building is a very short distance from public transportation, many public parks, restaurants, and other urban amenities.

Jamaica Plain is an historic neighborhood on the south edge of Boston with a very diverse population, wonderful green open spaces including Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum, a thriving artist community, and excellent restaurants.

We intend to have a diverse, multi-generational community that is a model of urban sustainable development for living lightly and happily on the earth.

We will participate in the wider community in a way that is welcoming, respectful, and mutually beneficial.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have no common practice, other than tolerance and appreciation for each other.

    Individual members practice the following traditions: agnostic, jewish, protestant, UU, and unknown

    Residents make their own choices about education options. Currently, school-aged members are attending the Boston Public Schools.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 37
  • Additional Comments: anticipated

    We anticipate starting construction in December 2010 and moving in the fall of 2011.

    We anticipate 37 units

    Because we are in preliminary design, we do not have an estimate at the moment.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Members will share in the maintainance of the community, for both cost savings and community building. We anticipate about 10 hours a month will be required per household.



    • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
    • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


    • Additional comments: We hope to eat together about 2 times a week after we move in.

      Common meals will include a vegetarian and/or vegan option.

      Members include omnivores and vegans, and a range in between.

      Alcohol is enjoyed by some members, but not all.

      Smoking is prohibited in community buildings and grounds.


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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge