Formed: 1989 Established: 1994
This page last updated:12/3/2012
North Amherst, Massachusetts,
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The Pioneer Valley Cohousing set out to create a living environment that encourages a strong sense of community, supports our need for privacy, makes life affordable, and provides a secure and enriched setting for children and adults. We have a place where people know their neighbors in a meaningful way, a neighborhood where different traditions and values are respected, and where we can all have a sense of security and belonging. Even after so many years together, we are still a work in progress, continuing to get better and better at living our values and goals.
Our group purchased a 23-acre meadow site in north Amherst where we built 32 units and a large common house, moving in June - September 1994. We built a clustered mix of single, duplex, and triplex buildings on seven of those acres. The rest is field and woods, surrounded by town lands.
Residents own their own homes, as well as a share of the land and the common house. The common house is a place for community dinners, meetings, entertainment, and other public and private functions. It includes a large kitchen/dining room, children's playroom, guest rooms, laundry facilities, library, sauna, exercise room, and recycling center.
We have optional (but well-attended) dinners two nights a week, gardens, play and work spaces, hiking trails, and other shared amenities chosen by residents have social and economic advantages.
The community is a short walk from a municipal lake; a recreation park with tennis, swimming, and playing fields; a small shopping center; a library; the university; and public transportation.
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Massachusetts United States
Former/Other Names: Cherry Hill Cohousing
This page last updated:12/3/2012
Visitor Process: People may visit any time, but if you would like a tour, contact John Porcino john.porcino(at)cohousing.com or 413-549-5448.
If you are interested in gettting on our waiting list,first email for information on the community, then contact John Porcino for a community tour.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(Associate members and renters)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Our guidelines ask for 6-8 hours work per month perperson. Reality is that there is a wide variation in work hours and types of jobs.)
(We are legally a condominium and collect condo fees monthly.)
Land and Buildings
23 acres (9.3 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(Community Meals are cooked Mondays and Wednesdays)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
Bill Austin and Mary Kraus
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