Bristol Village Cohousing

Bristol, Vermont, United States

  • Last updated: January 19, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 22, 2015

Mission Statement

Bristol Village Cohousing is working to create and sustain a vibrant, multi-generational neighborhood in the heart of Bristol, Vermont –- to be neighborly in the best sense of the word, with each other and the wider community.

Our housing will be surrounded by gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables and built to meet high standards of energy efficiency, reflecting Vermont’s and Addison County’s spirit of self-reliance. We welcome interested people of all ages and income levels.

We share resources, meals, community work and decision-making. We are grateful for the opportunity to be good stewards of our little corner of Vermont, and a positive model for sustainable living.

Our Ten Values:
• We value design that promotes community and partnership with the natural world.
• We promote sustainability, energy efficiency and a smaller ecological footprint.
• We embrace the advantages of living in Bristol village: walking to shops, eateries, parks, medical services, schools,
library, and civic events.
• We understand that privacy and community must be built into our design and community agreements.
• We welcome the joy of common meals and regular gatherings.
• We practice self-governance with a modified consensus decision-making process.
• We desire to live simply while sharing our resources and talents.
• We are committed to affordability and diversity, and a community that understands the importance of laughter,
working together, and celebrating our differences.
• We believe in regular, respectful communication with members and neighbors and healthy conflict resolution
• We support opportunities for continued learning and creative outlets.

Community Description


• Located in the center of the village of Bristol, Vermont, 15 minutes from Middlebury College and 40 minutes from Burlington.
• Walking distance to shopping, restaurants, schools, library, town offices and performance space, public transportation and outdoor adventures.
• Situated on 2.45 acres, across from the town green
• Construction is complete and families have moved in.
• Historic Italianate Common House was built in 1863. Received an award from Preservation Trust of Vermont for out contribution to the downtown streetscape.
• The homes are built to high performance energy efficiency standards.


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2.45 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Planned number of residences: 14
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    Cottages, flats and townhouses are built to high performance standards, and are net zero ready. All houses are oriented for passive solar on the open, sunny site.

    The historic Italianate Common House was built in 1863 and has been tastefully renovated and enlarged.

    Property has a variety of common storage areas and an activity barn, plus 9 raised beds for community gardens. Parking in a common lot and some handicapped spaces close to residences.

    Site is walkable to entire village of Bristol, with all its charm and amenities. Bike or walkie to elementary, junior high, and high schools.


  • Adult Members: 24
  • Child Members: 7
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We are glad to give tours by appointment. Please contact Jim Mendell, [email protected], 802-734-0798 (cell).

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Membership is open to all — associate and full memberships are available.


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $750
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $370
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • 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.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Common Ground Center, Bristol VT CORE, Bristol Green Playground Community Preservation Trust of Vermont


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