As the demand for 55+ communities continues to build in the Triangle area, a group of passionate boomers is looking to bring a new solution to the table. A new cohousing community known as Village Hearth is in the works to offer those entering their retirement years an alternative to conventional CCRC’s and active adult communities, where a strong sense of community and sustainability is the key to health and vitality. Village Hearth will provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTs, friends, and allies to comfortably age with the perfect balance of private living and social engagement.
Village Hearth will be modeled after a thriving community called Oakcreek in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which features cottage-style homes in sets of four with several opportunities for private gardens and shared outdoor spaces. Village Hearth currently has a 15-acre property just 20-minutes north of downtown Durham that the group hopes to build approximately 24 individual units on. Homes in Village Hearth could range in price from $185,000 to the mid $300,000s, although there is currently no concrete timeline for completion.
Cohousing Offers New Options For Seniors
For seniors, cohousing is considered to be a great way to curb the loneliness and isolation that can come with a decline in mobility. Members are encouraged to share resources and help where they can to help keep expenses for everyone to a minimum, whether it’s sharing a meal or carpooling to the mall.
With help close at hand, it's thought that residents can stay in their homes for longer than if they were living on their own elsewhere.
About the Developer: CoHousing Solutions
Katie McCormant and Charles Durrett are the planners and architects spearheading the Village Hearth Development. The two have extensive experience in the Cohousing world and have literally written the book on it titled “Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities”. Together, they’ve developed over 50 sustainable cohousing communities and are excited about helping the passionate group of proponents in Durham make their dream a reality.
Interested in learning more about the project? Get in touch with the My NC Homes team today and we’ll happily keep you informed about homes as they become available in Village Hearth or put you in contact with the founders of the community.