NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A new type of neighborhood called a cohousing community is coming to Nashville.
The Nashville Ledger reports construction on the project in the Germantown area is expected to begin near the end of the summer. It consists of privately owned condos, green space, a common house for neighborhood gatherings and environmental efficiency.
Although there are several such communities around the U.S., cohousing.org says the project will be among the first in Tennessee.
Neighbors are expected to range in age from their 30s to their 70s and include singles and families.
Decisions affecting the community will be made by consensus, and different opinions will be welcome as long as people remain respectful and civil.
“Our cohousing consultant said find a location where a young mother and her children could walk safely to a coffee shop,” says Diana Sullivan, a broker for commercial sales, leasing and development with Parkside Realty.
“Everyone desires quality of life,” she said. “Cohousing is similar to the neighborhood of the 1940s or ’50s, the traditional communities with homes close together. This community will look like, and blend in, with the other housing in Germantown.”
Home prices will range from $194,000 to $360,000.
“This actually is an exciting opportunity to construct a very worthwhile, different community,” says Randy Chastain of Parkside Builders. “We will use only the best in energy-efficient materials, and the blueprints are enjoyable to follow in making this a special home site.”
About 40 percent of the development will be green space and will include features such as permeable pavement for parking, rain gardens and edible landscaping.
The community is attracting a variety of people.
“I’m semi-retired and looking to downsize,” says Mary Hinton, an adjunct professor at Nashville Community College.
“This is wonderful as it helps prioritize your possessions and fosters community togetherness.”