Harrisonburg Cohousing

Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: April 12, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 13, 2014

Mission Statement

Our vision is to form a community of neighbors interested in knowing each other on a deeper level than typical American neighborhoods. We value our privacy, but recognize that our western culture and lifestyle isolate us from each other and make it challenging to build meaningful long-term relationships with those around us. In building this neighborhood, we want to recapture aspects of a traditional village: knowing each other’s names, eating some meals together, sharing and celebrating life together with planned and spontaneous gatherings. In addition, our group strives to live more simply and more lightly on the earth.

Community Description

Thanks for looking into Harrisonburg Cohousing! We just secured our site close to downtown Harrisonburg, and are excited to continue growing our membership and moving forward with the site process.


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


  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 6 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Planned number of residences: 24
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    We plan on 22-28 residences when completed.

    We have hired Katie McCamant as our consultant and are in the process of selecting our Architect, etc.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We would love to have you attend a presentation and/or membership orientation. Please go to www.harrisonburgcohousing.org to learn more.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Those interested in learning more about our community and thinking about joining us should attend a presentation and then participate in our monthly Membership Orientation days to begin the membership process.

  • Additional Comments:

    Parents choose what type of schooling they prefer for their children. About half of our city elementary schools have a Spanish-language immersion program, in which students have half their classes in Spanish and half in English. The city public highschool has a Fine Arts Academy, and strong STEM program (science, technology, engineering, math).


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

    We strive to use hear all opinions and use a modified consensus model for making decisions.


  • Join Fee: $150
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • 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), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We make good food. Join us for one of our potlucks!

  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Harrisonburg is a small city with a thriving community! The city population approaches 50,000, and the city is surrounded by farms giving way to forests. We have two universities and a community college, a strong farmers market, a children’s museum, grocery co-op, well-stocked library system, and many varied restaurants (including Indian, Carribean, Ethiopian, German, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, and Turkish). Harrisonburg has a diverse population, with over 40 languages natively spoken by public school students. Our community will be located within the Harrisonburg city limits, yet remain fairly private and green.

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