Nomad Cohousing is a small 11-unit community situated on an one-acre site about 2 miles from downtown Boulder. The “common facility” is shared with the 54 year old community playhouse. The theatre uses the common house on opening nights and for other special events. Nomad is walking distance from a small neighborhood, shopping center, public transportation and the foothills of the Rockies and trails.
Outdoor patio, grassy knoll
We sat in the garden with Zev Paiss, resident and sustainability marketing consultant, who shared his passion for cohousing as a way of life. Zev has been involved in the cohousing movement since the early 90’s. He said living in cohousing is the “longest personal growth workshop you’ll ever attend.”
View from Common House – looking at outdoor common house patio
The houses range in size from 675 to 2400 s.f. and are all owner occupied. This community had a stipulation from the City of Boulder to offer affordable housing-a common theme for Boulder city developments. The scale of the community made it feel like a European village where people naturally take part of ” active neighboring” because of proximity and intention. The houses were not designed for aging in place. Zev commented that cohousing is not a medical model like it is in Denmark. It is not set up to bring health care to you as you age.
Upstairs community patio
The community had an intimate, well organized feel and appearance. Zev mentioned that they typically get 90% participation to the meetings and meals. Of all the communities we toured so far, we left with the impression that this smaller size community might be easier to build and sustain in an urban setting.