Eastern Village Cohousing

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

  • Last updated: August 16, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: January 25, 2005
  • Last verified on: June 23, 2018

Mission Statement


Community Description

Eastern Village is a 56-unit cohousing community in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just a few blocks from the Silver Spring metro.

The first organizing meetings were held in late 2002, with 40 members on board within five months. Move-in started in October 2004.

Our building is a gut rehab of an abandoned 1950s-era office building in a formerly scruffy part of downtown Silver Spring. The building incorporates a number of green building features (ground-source heat-pump system, high-efficiency central hot water, etc.), and is LEED Silver certified.

EVC is legally structured as condominiums. Units range from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom lofts.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.easternvillage.org/
  • Contact Name: Steven Greenwaters
  • Phone: 202-643-2866
  • Community Address:
    7981 Eastern Avenue
    Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 56
  • Planned number of residences: 56
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Legally a condominium, where we each own a percentage of the building.


  • Adult Members: 90
  • Child Members: 14
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact Rodney using the contact form on our website http://www.easternvillage.org/contactus.html

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Becoming a member requires purchasing a unit in the community.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • 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
  • Additional Comments:

    Monthly condo fees go towards building management and maintenance. The amount depends on unit size.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Energy sources: Geothermal
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    No community policy on alcohol use.

    Smoking forbidden in common spaces. No policy for individual units.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


cohousing, multi-family, urban