Nestled in a hidden, double meadow, bisected by an old stone wall with some shade trees, we have constructed a cohousing village. Our land lies east of Greenbush Road, one and one-half miles south of the little West Village in Charlotte, Vermont. A scenic, 30-minute drive north along gorgeous Lake Champlain is the vibrant City of Burlington, with an always-lively downtown pedestrian mall, several small colleges, the University of Vermont, a regional teaching hospital, and a significant airport.
The Land parcel consists of 125 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands, meadows, brooks, woods, hiking paths, and ponds. Surrounded by distant views of Buck Mountain, Mt Philo, and a glimpse of the Adirondack peaks, we are constructing a pedestrian-centered community with 14 attached units, a common house, and 12 individual lots around an extensive central green. One hundred and sixteen of the acres are preserved forever for wildlife corridors and farming. Parking for cars is on the periphery of the building area.
We live cooperatively together, owning our own modest homes, and experiencing the pleasures of the pastures, barns, greenhouse, organic gardens, yurt, and the common green where potlucks and other social activities occur.
We share some meals, some labor, and lots of merriment as singles and families, youngsters and elders grow and learn from one another. Conscious of the need to find more peaceful and sustainable ways to live in partnership with each other and with the earth's natural resources, we engage in ongoing dialogue as we define and refine our community.