The modern theory of cohousing originated in Denmark in the 1960s by families dissatisfied with existing housing and communities which they felt did not meet their needs. The Danish term bofællesskab (living community) was introduced to North America as cohousing by two American architects, Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett who co-wrote the book, Creating Cohousing. Durrett’s second book is The Senior Cohousing Handbook. The first community in the United States to be designed, constructed and occupied specifically for cohousing was Muir Commons in Davis, California
“The beauty of cohousing is that you have a private life and a community life, but only as much of each as you want.” — Member of a Danish cohousing community.