Pinnacle Cohousing

Lyme, New Hampshire, United States

  • Last updated: August 26, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: August 20, 2006

Mission Statement

link to our Vision Statement

Community Description

We are a group organized as an LLC that that owns a beautiful 120 acre property with waterfront on Post Pond, forest and meadow. We run Loch Lyme Lodge, the 22-cabin based hospitality business we purchased as part of the parcel on which we are also building a 16-24 unit, multi-age, intentional cohousing neighborhood, one mile from Lyme village and 10 miles from Hanover, NH. Pinnacle is appropriate for singles, couples, and families. Lyme is a rural community with two town centers. Hanover is a vibrant college town with an excellent tertiary care medical center. Our design assumes 6-8 apodments/homes integrated into the common house with three or four (4) additional duplexes. We are creating an attractive, comfortable, environmentally intelligent neighborhood in which one can live, raise a family and live long into retirement, aging in your own home within an inter-generational community.

Our website begins with this paragraph: “Did you ever wish you had a big rambling house on a pond with fruit trees and gardens?…Do you fondly remember your days in college or graduate school and miss the group dinners with stimulating conversation?…Does the idea of living comfortably for less than it costs to live on your own appeal to you?.”



  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 120 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 20
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Multiple stakeholders
  • Additional Comments:

    LLC structure

    Existing lodge, barn and rustic cabins now (20 homes with common great house to be built)

    Our Lodge and barn are historic (barn is pre 1800). We have permitted renovation plans. Our common house and clustered homes will be new/green construction.

    22 lodging only cabins now, 04 homes to be built in Common House and duplex/townhouse clusters.

    Common House construction (and renovations to existing buildings) will reflect resident’s needs.

    We assume an average of 1000 sq ft per suite plus 6000 sq ft of public space – from apodments to 4 bedroom units

    cohousing with small shared work requirement as well as paid staff (part of monthly costs)


  • Adult Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    read about us, talk to a member on the phone, come meet us, agree with our vision statement, be accepted, make a capital contribution

  • Additional Comments:

    Excellent public and private schools from birth through high school are local option


  • Decision Making: modified Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    managers are elected from membership

    elected managers


  • Join Fee: $21000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    coop work on land and in common spaces – 2-4 hours per week

    membership begins with an initial capital contribution

    resident fees cover property taxes, insurance, staff, daily common meal, etc.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • 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: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our goal for residential members is to make one common meal per day available (but members do not intend to eat every meal in the community dining room). We love good local food and are mostly omnivores. We always include vegetarian options. Alcohol use is up to individuals. We discourage smoking but it is allowed outside.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

rural setting on water close to college town with excellent medical center, shops, theatre, etc.

We have been operating the long established Loch Lyme Lodge (Hospitality Business) since May 2006, as we work with Lyme’s Planning Commission to get permission to build.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


energy efficient, wonderful food, intellectual curiosity, loving children, aging at home