Since it began in 1993, the National Cohousing Conference has been held across the country, drawing in cohousing residents, professionals, community organizers, architects, and sustainability experts from around the world. This year, The Stasko Agency has been asked to play a role in spreading the word about this amazing event and educating the media and public about the movement of cohousing!

Scheduled for June 18th-20th at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the National Cohousing Conference will focus on the theme “Sustainability through Community.” Highlights of the event include: CoHo University with intensive workshops; Featured Speakers; Community Tours; Conference Sessions with more than 60 presentations; and a fundraising banquet.

Time out: What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is a form of intentional neighborhood in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own community. In cohousing, residents know their neighbors well and enjoy a strong sense of community that is typically absent in contemporary cities and suburbs.

Cohousing communities consist of private, fully equipped dwellings and extensive common amenities including a common house and recreation areas. Most communities forge a strong partnership with a professional development team. Together they create a custom-built, resident-managed, close-knit neighborhood that offers a healthy balance of privacy and community. The six defining characteristics of cohousing are:1) Participatory process; 2) Neighborhood design; 3) Common facilities; 4) Resident management. 5) Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making; 6) No shared community economy.

Once a small grassrootsy collection of cohousers, the annual event now attracts over 300 people from around the United States and beyond, with the 2009 conference drawing attendees from 10 countries.

Key speakers for this year’s conference include: Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author (June 18), Dave Wann, author and community expert, (June 18), Charles Durrett, architect and author (June 20), and Kathryn McCamant, architect and cohousing expert (June 20).

Registration for this multi-day conference is still open and available to the general public. Visit http://www.cohousing.org/2010/overview for more information!

In the meanwhile, take some time to learn about cohousing & what it means for the residents. Check out What is Cohousing? to learn more about how the communities come together or read research findings on Commonly Asked Questions. Pretty incredible stuff!

Things have really started rolling this summer at The Stasko Agency, particularly with one of our newest development clients, The Peloton.

When we first met Cindy from The Peloton, she struck us a great client to work with–organized, timely and ready to move forward. To our luck, the development itself shares these same great qualities! Fully funded upfront, the developer was able to create a succinct plan as to how each phase of this multi-million dollar community would play out. The first phase was completed in August of 2008, and is 60% sold out to date. This phase included 190 luxury condominium homes, an amenity rich community center, 4 retail spaces, 2 restaurant spaces and a dog park.

The Peloton is located off Arapahoe Avenue between 33rd and 38th Streets in Boulder, and has homes ranging from 750 sq. ft – 1,900 sq. ft. in the form of lofts and 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom floor plans. Expect prices between $289,000 – $849,000, with the penthouse coming in at $2.2M.

One of the most impressive buildings of The Peloton is its 22,000 sq. ft. Community Center which includes a 6,000 square-foot fitness club, 22-seat theatre with leather reclining seats, and a game room with billiards, shuffle table and flat-screen TVs. Residents can also enjoy Boulder’s only year-round rooftop swimming pool and heated deck which includes two hot tubs, bar-b-que grills and spectacular views of the Flatirons. (Sign US up!)

The Stasko Agency heads up to Boulder to see the development in person this week and we can’t wait! For more information about The Peloton, be sure to check out their website at www.thepeloton.com.

Also, leave a comment if you know where the name “The Peloton” comes from. We promise a special treat to anyone who can give us the correct answer.