About East Van Cohousing
East Van Cohousing is an upcoming 35-unit cohousing community at 2728 - 2748 Duke St in Vancouver (near Kingsway and 33rd).
Construction is expected to begin in early 2025, with completion and occupancy in 2027. The Amisto Cohousing Society initiated this cohousing project and is helping guide its development.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is cohousing? Cohousing is an approach to housing that combines the autonomy of privately owned dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. Residents typically participate in the planning, development, and governance of their housing community, meaning it directly responds to their needs. For more information about cohousing in general, check out our About Cohousing page.
Who will live at EVC? East Van Cohousing is an all-ages community that welcomes people who share a like-minded view on the importance of community, inclusivity and sustainability. Kids, teenagers, adults, seniors, singles, couples, families, retirees, local, international, belief system or non, all relationship types, all genders, and all abilities welcome! Adopted/foster/other family members are welcome and folks can host or house the people of their choice in their homes. Check out the page to see current members.
Have you designed the building yet? We have had four design workshops led by our architect Charles Durrett (a cohousing specialist who has designed and developed over 60 cohousing developments!) – one for the site, one for the common house, one for private houses, and a “design close.” We’re finalizing designs before submitting to the City.
What’s the project’s timeline? We’ve secured the land and are finalizing the design of our building. The estimated completion and move-in date would be in 2027. The group is motivated to complete this project as swiftly as possible to move into their homes and help keep costs lower.
How will ownership work? East Van Cohousing will be a standard Condominium Strata Ownership, where people will own their homes and can rent or sell whenever and to whomever they like. The rest of the residents do not have a say in who they sell or rent to (though there’s a preference for no short-term rentals). Currently, there are no plans to have any purely rental units.
What are the units like? Each private home will be self-contained and allow for independent living and privacy – with its own kitchen and patios or balconies. We are anticipating having around 35 units, with a mix of studios, 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed units ranging from around 450 to 1000sq ft.
Who gets which unit? The order of your investment is also the order in which you’ll choose your unit (e.g., if you are the 14th household to invest you will be 14th to choose your unit. Bear in mind there are multiple unit types so you may be only the 3rd in line for your preferred type of unit).
What amenities will the building have? Cohousing design emphasizes little interactions between neighbours that build relationships. East Van Cohousing will have a shared “Common House” for socializing and community activities, including a large shared dining room and kitchen. We have also planned for a dedicated playroom, a guest suite, a co-working space, a workshop, bike storage, personal storage and car parking (likely with EV chargers) in the basement. Everyone is welcome to use these spaces, and it will be possible to book them for private events.
Shared dining room? Does that mean you’ll eat together? Every unit has a private kitchen, but East Van Cohousing will include optional shared meals, celebrations and other events that create a village-like atmosphere that is friendly and welcoming. We are planning on 3-4 meals a week.
Where is East Van Cohousing? Duke St. is a quiet, green, residential street in the beautiful Norquay area in South-East Vancouver. The site is an 8-minute walk to 29th Ave Skytrain (on the Expo line) and Slocan Park, and across the street from Norquay Park. There are also multiple bus stops with transit to downtown Vancouver in one direction and Surrey in the other. It is also near John Norquay Elementary and Windermere Secondary Schools and Renfrew Community Centre and Library. For more information, see our “Location” page.
Can I have pets? Yes! Cats, dogs and other small pets.
Can I have visitors or guests? Of course – just like at your own home. Visitors are also welcome to cohousing meals/events, and may stay in your home, guest rooms and be in the common areas. Most likely, our guest accommodation will be bookable for a minimal fee (e.g. $20/night).
How much will this cost? The estimated cost of units at East Van Cohousing will be in the range of $1250 per square foot, similar to projected 2026 market prices in the area. We are planning on a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites.
Do I have to pay to join the project? It costs $25K to become an equity member (which we’ll put in a secure account and refund you if we don't raise enough funds buy the land), or $5K to become an associate member. You'll pay an additional ~$35,000-$100,000, depending on the size of the unit you’re buying, by April 1. All of this money will count as a deposit towards your full mortgage, which you will pay when you move in (in 2027). The order of investment determines the selection of units. Investments are recorded as shares in East Van Cohousing Company, which will own the land.
I want more detail! Where do I go? Come talk to us! Please register for an event, or email firstname.lastname@example.org