Our Story Thus far…


Since our first meeting in June 2015 we have

  • Demonstrated a sustained interest in making the Perth cohousing project happen by holding bi-weekly general meetings for our first two years and monthly meetings after that, with attendance as high as 24, but generally around 16 people.

  • Established Circles of responsibility (Committees) to undertake research and to carry out the many tasks involved in building both a community and the physical structure that will be our home.

  • Honed our skills in facilitating discussion in meetings, and in making decisions by consensus.

  • Through extensive discussion developed a Vision and Mission Statement which guides us in decision-making.

  • Developed a website, and designed, printed and distributed a very attractive brochure. Held an information evening for the public, and participated in radio interviews and presentations to various community groups and organizations.

  • Agreed that our community members will generally be 55 and over.

  • Early in the project we realized that the site chosen would indicate the number of possible units plus common spaces. In 2018 we planned 11 self-contained units as well as common space in an apartment-style building.

  • Surveyed participants regarding their space and amenity needs.

  • Investigated a number of properties, and realized the challenge of finding a large enough property within walking distance of downtown Perth.

  • Communicated with town officials, lawyers, architect, bank personnel, builders and consultants.

  • After researching several ownership options we agreed to adopt a condominium ownership structure.

  • Initiated a membership structure and process.

  • Enjoyed one another’s company and developed caring relationships which have already borne fruit when members have had unexpected challenges or needed a hand.

  • Found a suitable site, met extensively with builder who intended to assist with financing.

  • Participated with an architect in the design of an attractive, energy efficient building.

  • By October 2018, members had committed to purchase 9 of the 11 units.

  • Disappointments began in January 2019 when the builder withdrew support for financing, and ceased participating with the architect to revise drawings.

  • Subsequent contact with other builders has been discouraging.   The indications are that as of July 2019 the cost of the building and necessary site work is unaffordable.

  • Some of the people who had committed to purchase units have reluctantly shifted their focus from a future cohousing building to how to sustain a genuinely engaged supportive community of people who live in their own homes.

  • And at the same time some members intend to continue the search for land or an existing building which can be developed for cohousing.

  • In short, the group has had setbacks, but is resilient!