A cohousing community is a type of intentional community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned, owned and managed by the residents – who also share activities which may include cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and governance of the community. Common facilities may include a kitchen, dining room, laundry, child care facilities, offices, internet access, guest rooms, and recreational features.
Cohousing facilitates interaction among neighbors for social, practical benefits, economic and environmental benefit. In describing New York City's first co-housing project, a recent New York Times article said co-housing "speaks to people who want to own an apartment but not feel shut off by it, lost in an impersonal city."
See the Cohousing Association of the United States website for more information.
Source: Wikipedia, "Cohousing", available under the CC-BY-SA License.