Valverde Commons

Taos, New Mexico, United States

  • Last updated: September 28, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 2009

Mission Statement

Valverde Commons is an adult cohousing community in a stunning rural setting in the town of Taos, NM. We each built our own houses to suit us and are living harmoniously, sharing resources and friendship. Our community is diverse and we have many artists who have joined us to live and work in community.

Community Description

Valverde Commons was conceived as an active adult CoHousing community in 2006 and developed from pastureland starting in 2011. Currently there are 22 energy efficient houses with 6 additional ones expected by 2023. Thirty four people live in the community as of 2018. The community is located in the heart of Taos, New Mexico and a short walk from the historic Taos Plaza.

The individual homes are clustered on 10 acres surrounding an almost 4 acre common green space, plus an adjacent 10 acre park with walking paths and gardens.

Our beautiful common house has a full kitchen, large meeting room, library, and laundry facilities. It is frequently used for group dining, parties, meetings, classes, and entertainment. The common house has rooftop solar energy to promote sustainability. We also have a barn building for communal garden tools, tractor, and garden carts. The barn also includes a complete professional wood working shop and other studio facilities.

Valverde Commons provides the feel of an old-time neighborhood where everyone knows everyone else and frequently get together for group meals, educational and recreational activities. The network of paths around the commons area provides neighbors easy opportunity to meet and commune with each other.

Adjacent to Taos’s historical district, Valverde Commons is within easy walking distance of Taos Plaza, the Taos library, stores, art galleries and restaurants. Valverde Commons includes a diversity of people of different backgrounds, incomes and viewpoints who want to live harmoniously. We have a number of resident artists and feature art shows in our Common House.

Valverde Commons has considerable neighbor participation in group activities such as potluck dinners, garden work days, astronomy sky parties, hikes, movies, horseshoes, educational discussions and decision making management but we also have a policy of voluntary participation in all these events. As a community, we get along well.

We are committed to aging in place as much as possible. We are not health-care professionals, but we expect to be helpful neighbors, supporting each other physically, emotionally, and spiritually as we age.

As of summer 2018, we have two houses for sale. One of those houses may be rented for short times to experience CoHousing. Email us for more information and visit our website (

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Neala Peake
  • Phone: 770-712-0788
  • Community Address:
    4o5 Valverde Commons Drive
    Taos, New Mexico, 87571
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2018
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town or Village


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 10 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 34
  • Planned number of residences: 28
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Common House and Barn exist now

    Common land is 4.5 acres

    There is an adjacent 10 acre park

    1.2 miles walk to Taos Plaza


  • Adult Members: 36
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call Carolyn Schlam 575 751 3751 or
    Stephen Rose 575 770 1562 or
    Bob Draper 575 770 0208

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    When you purchase a lot you become a member of the Community, with all of the rights and obligations that apply.

  • Additional Comments:




  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:



  • Join Fee: $140000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $125
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    home owner association assessments

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Many Vegetarians


  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Agnostic, Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Vibrant small arty town with a University

Now 22 homes and common house

Woodworking Barn and studio workshop built 2012

Community Network or Organization Affiliations



elder, senior, sustainable, cooperative, independent, artists, rural, small town,