What is Co-Living | a New York Times sited, Millennial Movement

Since the launch of 939MakersHub I have been asked a number of  questions. 

People trying to understand the idea behind co-living and co-working.  For years I bit my tongue as people made remarks that clearly underscored the lack of understanding around the concept.  So let me use this space to indulge in what specifically co-living and co-working is.

After purchasing my first house as a late teenager I found that immense joy in the accomplishment of the goal, however, it was quickly met by a house that was over sized and empty for one person.   This then launched into my 14 year long service into the co-living space.

Let me Explain.

What is co-living and co-working? Over the years I’ve come to define it as living artfully.  Enhancing your quality of living through the efficiencies of working with others. As an answer to my empty space so many years ago co-living and co-working becomes a much more powerful exchange of synergy and momentum.  Social networking coupled by co-working creates the type of robust thinking and ideas that make the 939MakersHub on the cutting edge in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-living seems to be something of a dominant option for young millennials looking to flee the Coliving5nest early.  However, the move for boomers is beginning to become more rampant as well.  Single boomers and empty nesters are finding many benefits to co-living with the ever increasing costs of living.  Co–Living communities with a focus on rooms for baby boomers seems to becoming just as popular as the young tech crowd that began swarming to the concept in late 2012.


So Your Like a Commune, Right?

When I hear commune I immediately think of “living off the land” style groups focused on self sustainability, Almost by a standard in the 60’s these communities tended to be isolated from the rest of society.  Many groups formed a primary gtwinoakscommunity_2oal of sustainability outside of the main grid while seeking a higher spiritual realm through hedonistic practices.

Fast forward 50 years and the popular term, intentional co-living community, seems to be taking a new norm.  However, it’s not just   the phrases that are changing.  Co-Living communities are embedding themselves deep into our pre existing cities and towns.  Looking to add value by offering community events in their co-living spaces.  A great example of this would be some of the community events that 939makersHub holds in our Walnut Creek and Vallejo, Ca. facilities.

Co – Housing

Another more frequent norm is co-housing..  Co housing is another branch of co-living.  Offering intentional focused community events while still having the privacy of a separate home and separate kitchen.  Co-Housing was a trend that found it’s way in the US  from Denmark in the late ‘60s.  Co-Housing unlike the millennial moment to co-living tends to be more distanced from the rest of society.  Typically consisting of smaller single family homes with shared common building(s).  Typically  the community is planned, owned and managed by the members  and occupants, with decision making done in democratic formats.

Co – Ops

Then we finally move on to “Co-ops”.   Co-Ops style communities are often found surrounding major colleges and universities.  Tending to be a overflow of growth from the student cooperative movement. communes As a group the communities tend to be focused around socialist principles as well as political activism. In many cases Co-Ops are reflective of the millennial co-living moment however veering off to a more niche style living with political activism and socialist principals.

What is Co-Living to you?

Please Share your experience with co-living, cooperative housing, communes and more.

To learn more about millennial coliving at the intersection of technology and old crafts , check us out 939Hub.com


also see :

New York Times Article :

No Tie-Dye Required | Bay Area Millennials Are Flocking to Communes


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