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Treehouse Village Ecohousing is a green, family-friendly, multigenerational cohousing neighbourhood planned for Bridgewater. And it’s a dream-coming-true for Cate and Leon de Vreede, who assure us they will not be living in a treehouse.
“Very simply put, cohousing is when a group of people work together to create and maintain their own neighbourhood, with private homes clustered around shared facilities. It’s a community intentionally designed to enhance social interaction and reduce our carbon footprints.”
The de Vreedes, who both work in the field of sustainable community development, were long ago drawn to cohousing for its ecological values. Since the birth of their son Dylan five years ago, they’ve become increasingly attracted by its social and community values.
“A cohousing community is essentially a village, providing many of the things needed for healthy childhood development, like close relationships with trustworthy neighbours and safe outdoor spaces to explore with friends.”
Currently, a group of about 20 future homeowners from near and far have signed up to make the project happen. They’ve begun working with professionals to design and develop a neighbourhood of 25-30 private homes and the surrounding shared facilities. The homes are to be bright, modest in size, creatively designed and highly energy efficient.
Treehouse Village will be built within walking distance of Bridgewater’s amenities and green spaces. Why Bridgewater? The town is much more than meets the eye. It has been recognized nation-wide for innovation in sustainability. It has also been recognized as the best community in Atlantic Canada for young families. It has excellent schools, including nearby French and Waldorf schools, a recreation centre, a bus system and many other features. The surrounding countryside abounds with natural beauty, recreational opportunities and cultural delights. And for Cate, Leon and Dylan de Vreede, Bridgewater’s the place they’ve grown to love and call home.
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