Serene Forest Cohousing
It is simple and it is affordable.

Cohousing Northern Rivers

Enjoyable, Affordable, Harmonious Living.
Social connection and need for privacy in balance.

Serene Forest Cohousing aims to develop a template for harmonious, enjoyable and well functioning cohabitation for people with a considerate, mature, thoughtful attitude.

It is envisaged that community members will share a good sized, suitably designed property; live, flow and grow in relationship with nature and other human beings, have independent lives, and will balance privacy with choosing their own level of engagement.

As a general approach we value a low noise, peaceful and friendly environment with creative layout architecture. This may mean an initial rental property that can organically evolve into more permanent arrangements.

Participation in various information, communication and awareness building workshops is a helpful way for prospective community members to get to know each other well, before making any commitment.

Cohousing might appeal to single people or couples who want a viable, constructive, supportive, potentially enduring alternative for next stage of life...

Serene Forest Cohousing Northern Rivers

Housing affordability and its social impact is emerging as a major concern throughout Australia. The largest element in household budgets is housing, and house prices have skyrocketed relative to incomes. Strict land use regulations and skewed government policies are placing large segments of the population under stress with negative impacts on social harmony, health and contentment.

According to Political Science economists
Paul C. Cheshire, Max Nathan and Henry G. Overman
"Housing affordability can be expected to deteriorate more, with dire economic and social consequences. The problem is utterly unviable in the long term. With every passing decade it would get worse, the wider economic costs would become more penalising, the monetary policy more unmanageable and the outcomes more unacceptable."

Cohousing is an alternative development model that can deliver more affordable housing, low impact living and resilient, happy communities. Cohousing is a concept wherein suitable blocks of land are adapted to accommodate two, three or more smaller dwellings with some shared spaces, reducing the overall physical, financial and environmental footprint per household.

Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community without diminishing the privacy of the individual households. Careful preselection, awareness and communication enhancing meetings, sense of connection, and the physical design encourages both social contact and individual space, as well as more efficient use of general resources.

The composition of Australian households is changing: our population is ageing and over 30% of households will be single person households by 2026. Social isolation is a serious emerging issue. There are signs of new, more collaborative paradigms for semi rural living arrangements.

Cohousing has the potential to make buying or renting a home cheaper but also enables sharing of bills, cars and household goods, as well as trading of services like babysitting and care for the elderly. As households collaborate to share resources an informal sharing economy grows, with many financially better off.

Company title is an alternative legal structure, generally much simpler from a planning approvals perspective and in some cases may be doable within existing development controls.

Baugruppen. Literally translating to "building group", baugruppen in effect cuts out developers from developments. The idea is that a group of interested purchasers come together and collectively fund their own community housing project. They are often helped or led through the process by architects, and they get a say in what their resulting homes look like. Generally, these homes are far more affordable, have a focus on quality, sustainability and shared community facilities.

Cohousing Northern Rivers

Resources and Links:

Total Honesty
Empathy and Authenticity in Communication
Awareness Play - removing the veil
The Simpler Way
Co-operative Living Information
The AGEncy project
Social Habitat Housing
Rural Landsharing Communities
Benefits of Cooperative Housing
Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014
Findhorn Foundation
Munksogaard and Andelssamfundet, Denmark
Regen Villages
Transiting to Advanced Civilisation
Aldinga Arts Eco Village
Brisbane North Eco Village
Mandala Community
Global Eco Village Network
Smart Urban Villages
Thriving, Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Communities South Australia
Ted Trainer interview
A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity
Eco-village footprints

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Serene Forest Cohousing