Durham Central Park Cohousing Community

Durham, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: January 2, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: April 25, 2010

Mission Statement

Sustainable urban cohousing

Community Description

(Construction completed in July 2014, with all condo units sold. Please visit www.durhamcoho.com for more info and to sign up for communications.)

Durham Coho (The Durham Central Park Cohousing Community) is a group of individuals, couples and families who have created an urban, green, intentional cooperative housing community in downtown Durham, North Carolina (USNews “Best Places to Live”).

We are located within easy walking distance of the Farmers’ Market, the library, the YMCA, restaurants, stores, county senior center, parks, performing arts center, and theaters. We’re less than 2 miles Duke University and its famous Medical Center. Our four-story building of 24 urban condominiums designed for aging-in-place was completed in July 2014 with units of 850-1700 sq ft and with access to common dining room, kitchen, great room, meeting rooms, guest bedrooms, gardens, and rooftop patio.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2014
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Website address: http://durhamcoho.com
  • Contact Name: Alice Alexander
  • Community Address:
    130 Hunt St
    Durham, North Carolina, 27701
    United States
  • Location


  • 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: 0.6 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 24
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 37
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes


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

    Managed by hubs (committees) and task circles that integrate


  • 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

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet, Terraces
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Gluten-Free
  • 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.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community

Community Network or Organization Affiliations