I grew up in Easton on three acres of land with apple, pear and peach trees in the far field. It was an idyllic setting that my parents adored. There was one teensy-weensy problem with it, as far as I was concerned: Where were all the freaking neighbors?!?
I seethed with jealousy at my friends who had close-knit neighborhoods. They could just flop in any direction and there were kids to play with as far as the eye could see. While I had to arrange with my parents to drive me 15 to 20 minutes away for a play date, my friends could trick-or-treat within yards of their homes. I had the old guy in the far field across the street that, not surprisingly, wasn’t very fond of children.
Wouldn’t it be great to have the best of both worlds: An affordable home in a community setting? That’s exactly how the members of Green Haven Cohousing Community feel. For the last few years, they have been working toward building a sustainable existence in the New Haven area. They have hired sustainable business consultants, architects, and permaculture experts. They are planning for 33 single-family units that they hope will include a community garden and the ability to raise animals.
Originally, the group of cohousing members looked in downtown New Haven to make the community more accessible to the city center. But they couldn’t find a tract of land big enough to support their needs. Now, they’re looking at seven acres in Milford.