About Us

Our Journey

For many of us, our introduction to cohousing was Windsong, a community started in Langley over 20 years ago which continues to be a success today. We began as a small group of people and brainstormed many ideas. Ideas and eagerness were never in short supply. The issue was always finding an appropriate piece of land, a challenge most cohousing groups struggle with. At last we found the perfect property in central Langley, close to public transit and many amenities.

All cohousing projects are started at the grassroots, and many cohousing communities act as their own developer and project manager. However, we wanted to shorten the learning curve, reduce the risk, and avoid pitfalls. We did this by enlisting the support of a builder who would work with us and take the time to learn about cohousing. We found those people in the Lark Group, a respected locally based, Canada-wide builder and developer.

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We also needed an architect and found a great firm (Ankenman Marchand Architects) who have tremendous experience, both locally and with cohousing.

This is an extremely exciting time for Compass Cohousing and an amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to live in cohousing.

The most wonderful things about this journey have been the friends we have made, the relationships we have built and the trust and camaraderie that come from working toward a common goal.

By the time we’re done, we will have created a community of 40 strata titled homes.

We are ready to create our new community — YOUR new community… if you want it. This is where, together, we are building our new home.

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Kids at Compass

At Compass Cohousing we are creating a multi-generational community that is kid friendly. Although all generations are welcome and valued, we think families with children will be one of our greatest assets.

The benefits that accrue to parents and children in cohousing are many.

Imagine not having to drive your kids to play dates because their friends already live right next door. All they need to do is take a short stroll to the common house to use the play room or go outside to frolic in the enclosed courtyard. Safe and always under the watchful eyes of their neighbours.

Parents, imagine being able to run a few errands while your neighbours watch over your kids for an hour or two. And, if you want an evening out, some of the older kids would be pleased to make a few extra dollars babysitting. All you need to do is knock on your neighbours’ door.

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Kids in cohousing have the advantage of getting to know the older generation who are respected and trusted members of their community. Wisdom and skills are passed from one generation to the next and the senior members of the community stay young at heart by interacting with the kids. Everyone benefits.

For the older kids and teens we have a place in the Common House where they can get away for a movie night with friends. Imagine your teen being able to say to his or her friends, “Why not bring your guitar over to my place? We have a music room with a drum set, P.A. system and amps. We can rock out all day.”

Compass Cohousing will be a place where kids learn what community can be. They will learn about cooperation, compromise, consensus building and working together to create a caring environment for all.