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Bellingham Cohousing is a living situation that requires considerable neighbor participation. If you are new to cohousing we strongly recommend that you do your homework before deciding to move here. Bellingham Cohousing residents may dedicate as much as 20 hours per month attending committee meetings, planning meals and community activities, and working on community projects.

Although Bellingham Cohousing is a supportive community, it is not designed or intended to be an environment for individuals needing therapeutic levels of attention or care.

Whether you are new to Bellingham, or new to Bellingham Cohousing, here are some suggested resources to help you investigate whether Cohousing is for you.

Two Other Cohousing Communities in Bellingham

While ours is the first cohousing community in Bellingham, two other groups have picked up on the idea. Millworks Cohousing is a recently completed project. McKenzie Green Commons has recently started development. Visit their sites to learn more.

Millworks Cohousing
McKenzie Green Commons

The Cohousing Company - McCamant & Durrett Architects

McCamant and Durrett were architects and frequently- involved advisors in the development of Bellingham Cohousing, helping us through the most trying and delicate times getting the buildings and community established.
Visit their website to learn more about The Cohousing Company

Also check out their books.

Creating Cohousing. Building Sustainable Communities
Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (2011).

Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living. The Handbook
Charles Durrett (2009)

Reading these cohousing books can help new groups and new residents or renters understand the implications and responsibilities of living in cohousing.

Cohousing and Community Living Links

See the following links for information about local and national cohousing sites and resources.

Psychology Today Blog - "The Secret to Balancing Time Alone and Time Together?"
Northwest Intentional Communities Organization
The Cohousing Network
The Cohousing Network Mailing List
The Global Ecovillage Network
Intentional Communities Network
The Cohousing Company
Whatcom Watch Online article by
Cohousing resident David Longdon

Bellingham & Whatcom County Links

Here are a few links about our locale.

City of Bellingham
Bellingham Public Schools
Western Washington University
Whatcom Community College
Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham/Whatcom County Convention Visitors Bureau
Bellingham.net
Bellingham.net is a community-based portal that provides information on events, activities, area info, real estate and more...

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