Co-living/Co-housing in Montana: Dorms for Adults or Wave of the Future?
Is the co-living and co-housing trend making its way to Montana? Is it more than just a trend?
For most people, the dorms were the last time they experienced the highs (and lows) of communal living. But in some metropolitan areas, shared spaces and communal amenities are making a resurgence for people far from the college experience.
Co-living: Likely closest to a classic dorm room, a co-living space might have an ensuite bathroom – or it might have a shared kitchen and bathroom. Your bedroom is private, but all other living spaces might not be. Some of these units come furnished, while others are a blank canvas. Vox called co-living “having roommates – with an app.”
Co-housing: Housing is the keyword here. These are traditional private housing units that exist around a communal space. That space might include a park, a common house, storage sheds, or garden. Usually, though the houses are private, the shared spaces feature cooperative child care, meals, and fellowship with neighbors in the co-housing space.
Commune: We’re not going here today, simply because a commune falls outside the commercial real estate realm. A commune might be one house or ten, a single shared farm or a larger cooperative sense among neighbors. Co-living and co-housing, on the other hand, have clear(ish) CRE definitions.