Cohousing in Southern Nevada: Just Around the Bend

By Marta Keen Thompson –

It’s not easy building or growing anything in a desert, and Southern Nevada is no exception. But what manages to survive here, thrives and outlasts its more ephemeral counterparts. That describes our small but determined group of future cohousers; just over one-year in existence, we seek like-minded souls who want to build the very first cohousing community in Nevada. Being the first in such a project takes vision, competence, persistence and a burning desire to improve the quality of life for ourselves as well as our immediate and expanded circles of neighbors and fellow citizens. Yep, that would be us!

Our legal entity (LLC) is in place and we’ve selected a possible site in Henderson, Nevada. On April 7, we hosted a public presentation at the Henderson Convention Center with Katie McCamant & Chuck Durrett, two of the foremost experts in cohousing across the United States and Canada. They are assisting us through the process of getting the first cohosuing project built in Southern Nevada.

What is cohousing, you ask?

Picture a development of 25-35 privately owned, market-priced homes close to shops, restaurants, parks, recreation, biking/hiking trails, and transportation. A walking community designed to promote community by putting people’s needs over our vehicles’ demands, and interconnectedness over isolation.

The original Danish term, “bofaellesskap,” (type it into Google and an internet voice will pronounce it for you!) wasn’t likely to catch on in America, so the architects McCamant and Durrett , who brought this concept home with them to America, created a more compact term: “cohousing,” an intentional balance of community and privacy that creates a better and more sustainable standard of living than an individual homeowner can afford by themselves. And the supportive, lifelong relationships in such a neighborhood are priceless.

We seek like-minded individuals who want to live in the uniquely appealing mix of high-tech urban culture and convenience and natural desert beauty that is Southern Nevada. We want the same commitment to healthy living, mutual respect and support, sustainability, collaboration, and the cultivation of community as all cohousing models, only we want to do it here in this invigorating urban desert climate (not to mention the favorable economic climate in Nevada).

Whether you already live in southern Nevada or are considering relocation, let’s start the conversation and your own personal inquiry. Cohousing isn’t for everyone, but it’s perfect for many of us. Email us at snvcohousing@gmail.com with your questions and join us at our upcoming events. Help us spread the word to those who want first dibs when we break ground!