Village Cohousing Community

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

  • Last updated: January 8, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: October 31, 2004

Mission Statement

We choose to live in cohousing so that we may nurture ourselves, each other, our relationships with neighbors and the wider community.
We create and sustain our village with a sense of practicality and aesthetics—in ways that express a sense of place and an intention to live in harmony with the environment.
We strive to live in ways that nourish the spirit of community, yet respect the individual needs for privacy.
We seek to: reflect diversity; to honor our connections to the land and locale; to make decisions in general by consensus; to negotiate differences in a principled fashion; and to share the daily and weekly work of keeping things going.
We believe that the creation of this community is a process that is evolving and will continually evolve as we grow and learn from one another.

Community Description

Village Cohousing Community is an urban infill community, built on a half city block in Madison, Wisconsin. We are located within easy walking, biking, and bussing distance of the University of Wisconsin, downtown Madison, two hospitals, and several areas of small shops, eateries, studios and parks.

About 1/3 of our 38 members are original residents who moved in in 1999. Our ages span several generations running from 5 to 84 years old.


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.7 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 18
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Visit community, participate in one or more common meals, attend a business meeting, become familiar with official documents, policies and procedures, fill out a questionnaire, have an interview with the membership committee.


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

    The Steering Committee

    Committees are empowered to make some decisioins.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    8-12 hrs/month community work contribution

    Condo fees which vary by year depending on anticipated expenses.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Wind
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, spice free
  • 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:

    Cooks try to accomodate individual dietary restrictions by offering alternatives to some dishes.

    When we started we thought we were mostly vegetarian, but that proved not to be the case.

    Wine and/or beer usually available at evening meals.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Ecumenical (includes \”all religions\”)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are one of 4 cohousing communities in Madison that participate in common events and activites on a sporadic basis. The other communities are: Aboretum Cohousing, Union Corners Cohousing (under construction), Troy Gardens.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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