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Village Hearth Cohousing: Adult LGBTs, straight friends and allies living in community


nterested in art, yoga, meditation, cooking, gardening, nature? Need a balance of solitude and social times? Village Hearth may be the ideal fit for you.

They’re a group of singles and couples, gay and straight, working and retired, ages 55+, choosing to know and care about their neighbors as they stay vibrant and active, age well, and age-in-place if they desire. Cohousing experts, Katie Mc- Camant of CoHousing Solutions and Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects, guided Village Hearth in designing their unique community. Civil engineers, Coulter, Jewell, Thames, PA, shepherded the project through approvals from the City of Durham.

Located on 15 beautiful acres in North Durham just 20 minutes from downtown, Village Hearth is build- ing 28 charming, accessible 1-story, energy efficient cottage-style homes with big front porches and private backyards. They offer three 1- and 2-bedroom 650-1150sf floor plans, and each home is fully appointed including a kitchen. A 2500sf com- mon house with many amenities will be the hub for shared activities and gatherings.

One member, Christopher, says, “We will live small and have it all!” They plan for their best years to be rich with companionship, stimulat- ing conversations, and like-minded neighbors who share their talents and passions with each other.

They’ve already gathered half of their new neighbors and plan to begin construction this summer. Becoming a member now allows you to help create the culture of the community, and you’ll earn seniority in home selection.

Cohousing is all about the people, so check out “Upcoming Events” on their website to find an activity that speaks to you. Or contact them (be- low) for an individual appointment to discuss steps toward membership and home ownership. (Pat McAulay)

• 561-714-8009 (Margaret Roesch) •

See ad on this page. Welcome Home to Village Hearth Cohousing!

Now you can live in an safe, active, caring and self-governing 55+ community, with the infrastructure to age in place, while balancing the privacy of a smaller, sustainable dwelling with ample opportu- nity for social engagement and the support of a larger community.

Who are the people of Village Hearth? We are a dynamic LGBT-focused group of adults working together to build a co- housing community on a beautiful 15-acre wooded campus just 20 minutes from downtown Durham. Gay and straight, single and coupled, working and retired, from Durham and beyond, we represent a variety of professions, skills and interests.


For more information, email Pat McAulay at or call Margaret Roesch at 561-714-8009. Visit and

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