The Building

Don’t buy the house, buy the neighborhood. ~Russian Proverb

The Units

Richmond Cohousing will have 19 single-level one-, two- and three-bedroom units on four floors. Unit sizes range from ~590 square feet to ~1380 square feet. There are 5 two-bedroom units (202, 207, 301, 302, 401) and 1 three-bedroom unit (104) currently available.

All units will include a ~84 square foot patio, 9 foot ceilings, ceiling fans in bedrooms and living rooms, and a parking space. Some customization is expected to be available in selection of floor type and kitchen cabinet and counter colors.

Floor plans and prices are available – Richmond Cohousing Floor Plans and Prices (Draft – Oct 2018). We’re still brainstorming how best to use common space, but here’s one idea.

Units will be selected in the order in which households join.

Richmond Cohousing is slated to begin construction by Spring 2019.

Common Space

Projected Exterior Finishes
Projected Exterior Finishes

Spaces to meet and engage are at the heart of cohousing design. Residents of Richmond Cohousing will enter the building from the peripheral parking lot with a direct view of the ~2,500 square feet of first floor common space. (And bikers, walkers, and bus commuters can enter directly from the sidewalk!) When kids come home from school they’ll be able to see their friends waiting with a snack or coloring book, and adults can meet and share the news of the day.

A ~2,800 square foot rooftop deck will add functional outdoor space with wonderful views of the city.

We are actively working with a consultant to make the best use of our common space and aim to include a common dining room, kitchen, meeting rooms, kid’s play area, and guest space on the first floor. To further support and prioritize this space, money has been dedicated for the design and outfitting to ensure this is a welcoming, cozy, and useful space for all residents.

18 of the 19 units are currently projected to be elevator accessible from the ground floor to the roof deck, and two stairwells will further allow for movement throughout the building.

Energy Efficiency

“Green” design and sustainability is a value of both Richmond Cohousing and Miller & Associates. Our building will meet or exceed Viridiant (formerly Earth Craft) standards. Double pane windows and cellulose insulation between floors are just two ways construction principles will facilitate reduced energy usage. We are exploring if solar panel infrastructure can be included, so that solar panels can eventually be installed to power common space.

The Neighborhood

Our cohousing community will be at 901 Porter Street in the walkable/bikable neighborhood of Manchester, just over the river from downtown with many attractive features including a library, restaurants, shops, playgrounds and pocket parks, and close proximity to river attractions.

Take a stroll around the block, either on foot or via Google Maps, and explore Tricycle Gardens, Brewer’s Cafe, and Camden’s Dogtown Market. Walk to the T. Tyler Potterfield Pedestrian Bridge in 8-minutes (we clocked it!) or hop on the bus for a quick commute into downtown.

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