Community

Germantown Cohousing Balances Privacy, Community, Sustainability

Germantown Commons is a one-acre community with 25 homes, green space, a common house and a place in history.

It is Tennessee’s first cohousing development. In cohousing, residents help plan their own neighborhood and run it once it is built. It is a condominium/townhome development in terms of ownership but more of a classic neighborhood or European village in terms of feel. It is a place where everyone really does know your name.

We are intentionally creating a supportive community that spans generations and interests. As part of historic Germantown, we are integrated into the neighborhood, not separate from it. Porches face 5th Avenue North, as does a courtyard where we’ve preserved two 100-year-old cottonwood trees.

Options make cohousing unique. We have weekly dinner parties in the common house, but attendance is not required!

What we are NOT is a commune or gated development or community based on any ideology other than care and respect of neighbors. We make decisions by consensus and expect differences of opinion.

Our members range in age from infant to 70s, including singles and couples. The community wishes to be multicultural and multigenerational, with families and children.

Our homes include 1- or 2-bedroom flats to 3-bedroom townhomes and range in size from 659 to 1,350 square feet. The residences are intentionally sized to use less energy and preserve more green space.

Cohousing may be a new way of living for Tennessee but its roots run deep. The concept of “living community” spans hundreds of cohousing projects in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and elsewhere around the globe.

As technology shrinks the world, we value true connections all the more. Germantown Commons balances community and privacy in sustainable, supportive ways.