While out in B.C., we visited a lovely multi-generational complex with 31 units, simply called Vancouver cohousing. Built just three years ago in east Vancouver, our tour guide Olive toured us around the complex and showed us her unit. Olive and her family have lived in the complex since it was built.
Top five highlights from this complex:
1. Community involvement
Everyone at this complex knew each other, and you could see that people really did care for each other. This complex had regular family dinners and the place really had a “one big family” feel to it.
2. Unique, modern layout
This complex is in the middle of a big city but you wouldn’t know it. The design and layout made it feel like a community within a community.
Having a gate at the entrance and then an open concept inside made it feel secure and allowed for the children in the complex to feel free to roam.
3. Lots of common space
This complex had a large number of common spaces – dining room, TV room, patio, sewing room, play room, yoga room, workshop, office area. We loved the wide variety of common spaces here.
4. The gardens!
There were gardens at individual units on the bottom level of the complex. But there was also a larger roof top garden on top of the common area building.
The gardens are accessible and everywhere!
5. Compact spaces
The design of the storage space in Olive’s unit was amazing. The storage under the stairs was custom built.
Although the space is small, it provided a lot of privacy.
The tour of Vancouver cohousing offered us a unique view of a new multigenerational complex. You can read more about this complex on their website.