Burlington Cohousing East Village

Burlington, Vermont, United States

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

The mission of Burlington Cohousing East Village is to sustain our community strengths and to create and share better ways to live as neighbors – towards a way of living that welcomes diversity and fosters social connection, affordable living, environmental stewardship, and a smaller ecological footprint.

Community Description

Burlington Cohousing East Village is a lovely community in the heart of the city. We are an example of one path to a sustainable future that includes affordable living, decreased automobile dependence, and harmonious sharing of resources along with ample opportunities for privacy. We nurture people and the natural environment.
Our location is within walking distance from downtown Burlington, the University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the City of Winooski. It is convenient to live here without a car, although it is OK to have one or share one with a neighbor.
We are a relatively new community; construction was complete in November 2007.
There are 32 private homes in a variety of building types. We have “flats” in a large building with indoor access to our common house, townhouses, a duplex, and two detached single-family homes. All facilities are wheelchair accessible. We are a mixed-income community. Nine of our living units have down payment grants for income-eligible folks; the remaining units are for market rate buyers.
It’s important that you go to our own website: www.bcoho.org
We have a community building for optional group meals (every other day)and many other activities. A large outdoor area is used for outdoor play, socializing, and gardening. The land borders on a conserved natural area with hiking trails through a mature forest.
The residents manage community governance and tasks. Everyone is expected to participate actively. Please contact us to learn more. You should also check our “real” website at www.bcoho.org.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.bcoho.org
  • Contact Name: Burlington Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    33 East Village Dr (office and mail) or 180 East Ave (on maps)
    Burlington, Vermont, 05401-3471
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 3.7 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Townhouses
  • Current Number of Residences: 32
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The whole community
  • Additional Comments:

    Lots of solar electric, dedicated to common spaces. Some solar dedicated to individual electric company customers to offset some of their grid power.


  • Adult Members: 74
  • Child Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us after studying www.bcoho.org.
    It’s OK to drop in, but we are doing site tours and/or shared meals only by appointment. We have two guest rooms that must be reserved. ([email protected])

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Get to know us by visiting, dining, and working with us. If you may want to buy a unit, contact us.

  • Additional Comments:

    We have lots of different types of persons, ages, races, values. There is an abundance of socializing, shared task-doing, committee meetings and such…


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We have an Executive Committee with changing membership over time. It sets the agendas for the large community meetings.


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

    Buy your unit (with your share of common space included) and then pay monthly condo fees for on-going community expenses such as plowing, trash and recycling removal, taxes, improvements, repairs and maintenance. We agree on a budget each year.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    These shared meals are optional.

    Our gardens are increasing in size and productivity.

    We always offer a vegetarian main dish at the community meals. Often meat is served as well.

    There is a vegetarian main dish at every meal.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are between 67 acreas of woods and a city

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