Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood

Last updated: September 2, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: February 1, 2005

Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood

(Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2001
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:
    Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood
    Earthaven Ecovillage
    21 Benchmark Rd
    Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please visit Earthaven’s website at and make sure that this sounds like a place you are interested in. Tours are offered on Saturday mornings at 10:30 by reservation. To contact Earthaven for a tour, please call 828-669-3937 or make an appointment through email at If you are interested specifically in Village Terraces, we offer selected tours there; please fill out the Guest Application on our website as the next step.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Neighborhood Cooperation

Community Description:

Village Terraces is a neighborhood within Earthaven Ecovillage. Our vision is to create extended family and a deep connectedness to the earth, ourselves, and each other. As the first cohousing group at Earthaven, we are building and living densely in order to share resources, including extensive common space, facilities, and utilities. Of our envisioned four buildings we have built two, which house ten full members, two children, several interns, and a business selling medicinal herbs. We will eventually share the neighborhood with 24 to 30 adults plus children.

The cohousing style provides “apartments” that can include private kitchenettes and baths, with the added benefit of shared common spaces such as a large common kitchen and bath, common gardens, orchards, and a pasture for dairy animals. We also have access to Earthaven’s Council Hall and other community facilities, as well as shared use of most of Earthaven’s 325 acres.

We share all of Earthaven’s ecological and spirit-guided values and agreements. In addition, the following values are particularly important to us:

• A desire to raise children together in a neighborhood and village context.
• Honest and responsible communication with an active willingness to resolve conflicts in a healthy manner.
• A commitment to consciously and lovingly raising both plants and animals for food.
• Love and acceptance of ourselves, our bodies, and the cycles of life and death.
• Cooperative living in common-walled buildings built with local materials.

To learn more about the process of joining Village Terraces, read our Initial Contact Letter on our website.

Joining Village Terraces Neighborhood means first becoming a member of Earthaven Ecovillage. Please explore the village through our website, a tour, and extended visits.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We tend to be recognizers of seasonal changes and are also supportive of personal growth.

    Homeschooling with an on-land supplementation program.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home 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: 5 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Additional Comments: Earthaven is on 325 acres, VT Neighborhood is on 5.

    Plots are leased from the community for 99 years for individual units.

    The Cohousing Neighborhood is planning four buildings to house 30 people. We have currently finished building two.

    Completed first two buildings.

    We currently have 7 units but will grow.

    Some aspects yes, some aspects no.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: maybe

    Yearly Maintenance and one time administrative fee of $4000 paid through labor over time. Also, Earthaven has a labor requirement as well and since we’re part of Earthaven, that would apply.

    Membership fee to Earthaven ($4,000). No joining fee for the neighborhood but members must purchase a unit which includes fees for all common owned infrastructure.

    There are utility and maintenance fees for common property. We also have a garden cooperative, washing machine cooperative and others that are strictly optional.



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • 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 garden, eggs, orchards, some dairy.

    We’re all very excited about Nourishing Traditions which embraces a wide range of choices.

    We are all regular meat eaters.

    We enjoy wine with group dinners.

    There are no smokers in our group.


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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Building
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2008
  • Shared common building: No (1500 square feet)
  • Architect: We have self designed and built.
  • Developer: We are.
  • Commercial Lender: We are paying for the project ourselves.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

School of Integrated Living

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