Westwood Cohousing

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: September 29, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Mission Statement

The Westwood Cohousing Community is dedicated to building a vibrant, caring, sustainable community where diversity, cooperation, trust and respect are valued and encouraged.

Community Description

Westwood is an intentional community in Asheville, North Carolina, nestled in a wooded setting with 24 clustered dwellings and a common house in the center of the community. The buildings have central radiant-floor heating, a hot-water system with solar collectors on the common-house roof, and landscaping according to permaculture principles.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1992
  • Start Living Together: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: http://www.westwoodcohousing.com/
  • Contact Name: Rotates. See our website for details.


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 24
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: House lots individually owned, common land owned by the Homeowners Association


  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We welcome visitors and are usually able to offer tours. Please see our website for details about how to contact us and arrange a tour.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We require prospective members/owners to familiarize themselves with cohousing and with Westwood, including visiting and attending a community meal, a workday, and a community meeting. Home sales need to be approved by the Community. For further details, please see our website.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Whole group decisions and most decisions of Teams are made by consensus, following the general outline of CT Butler’s book, “On Conflict and Consensus.” Teams are given authority to make many decisions autonomously. We elect a Board of Directors, which has substantial legal authority to make decisions for the group.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Assessments are collected for the operating and reserve budgets. Expected work contribution is 4 hours a month.

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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