Lafayette (near Boulder), Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: February 27, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Mission Statement

Our Vision: Nyland builds and celebrates conscious community. We honor connectedness, sustainability, integrity, participation, creativity, and the sacred. We empower individuals to manifest their dreams to benefit themselves, Nyland and the greater community, with respect for our agreements and differences.

Community Description

Nyland is a cohousing community of 42 private homes in a rural setting outside Boulder, Colorado, with an expansive view of the Rocky Mountains. Our community consists of approximately 140 residents with varied backgrounds, careers, ages, and views. Yet, we all share the same desire to live near neighbors we know in a small neighborhood. We offer each other support and friendship, while respecting our needs for privacy. Our common vision is a physically and emotionally safe community where children play on the pedways, neighbors lend each other a hand, and nature coexists peacefully in our open spaces.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1987
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • 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.nylandcohousing.org/
  • Community Address:
    3525 Nyland Way
    Lafayette (near Boulder), Colorado, 80026-8946
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 43 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 43
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Individuals own their own residents. All common land and buildings are owned by our HOA Association.


  • Adult Members: 90
  • Child Members: 50
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Go to www.nylandcohousing.org and send a message via the ‘Contact Us’ tab.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus oriented process with a super-majority vote
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide 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), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), 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: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Community meals usually on Mondays

    One may have a personal plot in our community garden

    Tobacco prohibited in Common House

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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