Arcadia Cohousing

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: November 4, 2017 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement


Community Description

Arcadia is a pedestrian-oriented residential cohousing community on 16 acres of wooded land. Thirty-three individually owned homes are clustered on five acres around a centrally located common house. The remaining land held in common includes woods, pond, stream, organic gardens, outdoor play spaces, and the common house with kitchen, dining area, guest rooms, playroom, office, laundry room, and storage areas. The majority of homes have a passive solar design and the common areas are handicapped accessible. We are located near rural areas about three miles from the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1991
  • Start Living Together: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Arcadia Cohousing


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Suburban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 16.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 33
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: community Homeowners Association
  • Additional Comments:

    33 homes clustered on 5 acres with one Common House.


  • Adult Members: 49
  • Child Members: 13
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Come walk the property or contact a member of the community to join us at a scheduled common meal.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Subject to availability of housing


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

    Executive Committee of HOA


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Any debt remains responsibility of individual homeowner. Monthly HOA dues and 4+ hrs/month of sweat equity based on number of adults in household.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Community vegetable garden, many fruit trees and bee hives on premises.

  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Bordered by suburban and rural areas.
Last home completed 1998; Common House completed 1999

Community Network or Organization Affiliations


Fair Housing Laws

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