Have you ever dreamed of living with ocean and mountain views in a friendly community that cares enough to give you a hand if you are sick and leaves you alone when you want privacy? A place where you can realistically remain autonomous and independent for many years to come? Where you can enjoy gardens without having the sole responsibility of maintenance? Where you can jump in a kayak or boat and enjoy the natural beauty of the Salish Sea from your own dock?
West Wind Harbour Cohousing is a group of independent households who have creative ideas about how they want to live—something a little different than what is often found in conventional developments.
With the help of the same cohousing experts who guided the hugely successful Harbourside Cohousing project, the new group has formed their own development corporation to design what they want for themselves: an independent but engaged lifestyle in a vibrant community of neighbours.
The West Wind Harbour Cohousing project received first and second readings on their rezoning application at the District of Sooke Council meeting on July 10th. The members are thrilled to have passed another step in their development process.
The community has nearly half its required members for the planned single, low-rise, apartment-style building with 32 fully independent, strata-titled units. They anticipate that the remaining units will be spoken for by the time construction begins next year.
The property’s existing house will be revamped to provide common facilities, including interior and exterior gathering spaces and guest rooms. In addition, a purpose-built 1500-square-foot common space, providing kitchen and gathering/dining space, will be included in the new building. Architect Peter Treuheit’s designs include spectacular water and mountain views from every unit.
Cohousing offers a radically simple idea: people flourish when they belong to an active community where relationships are valued and privacy is respected. The cohousing movement began in Denmark over 50 years ago. It has been so successful that one in ten Danes now reside in cohousing, and the concept has gradually gained ground in North America. There are over 130 established communities in the US, and there is a flurry of development creating many more. At present, Canada has 27 cohousing communities either completed or in development—17 of these are in BC.
BC’s cohousing communities are all strata-titled, so residents own fully functional and complete homes—sometimes stand-alone homes but more often apartment-style condos. The common facilities in cohousing tend to be better utilized than in conventional stratas because they are designed and developed by the residents themselves to be integral to the community—guest rooms, meeting and dining rooms, kitchens large enough to prepare meals for the whole community, gardens, workshops, etc. In cohousing, the future residents are the developers, and that allows them to invest in high-quality, environmentally friendly building materials and creative designs.
“I am so excited about moving into my beautiful new home at West Wind Harbour,” says Equity Member Georgina Patko. “The people I’ve met who are part of the project have given me huge confidence in this being the perfect place for me at the perfect time.”
The radically simple idea of cohousing is thriving in Sooke!
Tickets for all upcoming events available through Eventbrite.
Free – Information Session, Tour of the Development Site & Barbecue
- Saturday, 15 July 2017 and Friday, 28 July 2017
- 5:00 to 7:00 pm
- 6603 Sooke Road, Sooke
- (Eastern termination of Goodmere Road, adjacent to Mariner’s Village)
Fee – Is Cohousing for You? Weekend Workshop
- Weekend workshop with Margaret Critchlow, PhD
- Founding Member Harbourside Cohousing
- Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 September 2017
- 9:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
- Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre
- 6674 Wadams Way
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