Bull City Commons

Durham, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: August 13, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 28, 2018

Mission Statement

Our community supports:
· Private homes as well as shared spaces.
· Sharing resources, limiting each household’s need to own everything.
· Caring for one another with kindness, ease, and intention instead of obligation.
· Health and well-being, joy, playfulness, and relaxation.
· Connection to each other, our neighborhood, and the larger community.

Community Description

Bull City Commons is a diverse urban community guided by kindness, respect, and mutual support. Together we are creating an oasis that supports individual and community well-being.

Our community is in central Durham, within close walking distance to amenities, entertainment, and mass transit.
Our indoor spaces are open and airy, incorporate natural and artfully-crafted materials, and blend with our outdoor areas. Our community includes spaces that support privacy, group activities, and neighborhood interaction.


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 22
  • Planned number of residences: 22
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 22
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Membership is largely self selecting. After filling out a membership questionnaire we invite potential members to a plenary circle meeting. This will give them a feel for what is involved in belonging to our community. If they choose to become members they meet with one of our financial advisers to verify eligibility. Then they must contribute on a schedule that is strictly tied to our development costs. There is no developer in this process so every dollar contributed goes toward the member’s residence.


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual


Cohousing, urban, diverse, inclusive