Bay State Commons

Malden, Massachusetts, United States

  • Last updated: January 10, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 31, 2014

Mission Statement

Traditional Cohousing

Community Description

Bay State Commons is a new cohousing community currently forming with plans to build a 30-unit building in the Boston Metro North suburb of Malden, Massachusetts. We hold an Option to Purchase agreement for the American Legion site at 368 Pleasant Street in Malden, MA. We are actively seeking new members as we apply for our permits, with the goal to being construction later this year, and move into our building by mid-2019. The location is 750 feet from the Malden T stop, 20 minutes to downtown Boston and a short walk to groceries, restaurants, public parks, and public and charter schools. It is one mile from the Middlesex Fells, a 2,200 acre state park.

We intend to create a cohousing community which fosters group cohesiveness and serendipitous social interaction between neighbors.

We envision a community in Boston’s Metro North area with a small-town character and an emphasis on beauty in both architecture and landscape.

We value a balance between the private and the shared, with individually-owned homes supplemented by extensive common facilities and shared green space.

We seek a diverse, multigenerational community with residents who are eager to participate in both design and governance.

Please see our website at or contact us at [email protected] to learn more and get involved in this exciting project – now is a great time to get involved!


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


  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 0.8 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Additional Comments:

    We hold an option to purchase 368 Pleasant Street, Malden, and are actively seeking new members


  • Adult Members: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested

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