Greetings from super cool indie coffee shop called Durango Joes. We have officially finished interviewing all twelve cohousing communities in Colorado but still in catch up mode writing about all of them. We head to Sante Fe next to visit the last three on our itinerary. Hard to believe we are in the final stretch.
Nyland Cohousing has 42 “farm-style” homes with about 150 residents on 42 acres making it one of the largest and most rural communities we visited thus far. The community with its natural meadows, rolling hills and sweeping mountain views gives you country living despite it’s relative proximity to Boulder only 6 miles away.
The community has gone through many changes over time given its size and shifting demographics. One change that Tere mentioned is more single women between the ages of 30 and 74 are subleasing spaces from each other in order to afford living there.
As Terry walked us around that cool misty morning she pointed out how many of the residents had just completed a major painting project. Unlike other communities more densely situated every home here got to select their own color combinations. We were struck by the individual expression and how vibrant it looked like a colorful necklace loosely strung together.
Nyland’s community supported agriculture garden was also somewhat unique. They had a little store where people from the community could go to purchase eggs, flowers and vegetables on an honor system. The community also had a nice woodworking shed and active recycling system.
The overall feeling of the community was more like a small European village in the country. It had a relaxed, casual and spacious sense about it.