Cascade Cohousing is built in South Hobart, a Hobart suburb that sits between the city and Mt Wellington. Twenty adults and 16 children live here in 16 households.We have a central common house with rooms for kitchen, dining, lounge, kids, TV, guests, laundry and workshop. We run common meals 3 nights a week and they are very popular. Common meals are one of our greatest successes and are at the core of our common values. About half the residents of Cascade Cohousing express a preference for a vegetarian diet and we have agreed to exclude meat, other than fish, from the common house.
The houses at Cascade Cohousing were built to be energy efficient and consideration of "environmental impact" was part of the process of design and construction. Most houses are constructed from airated concrete blocks or from timber and have two stories. All houses have good solar access from the north and many have features such as greenhouses for trapping the sun's heat. The grounds of Cascade Cohousing slope to the east and there are views of both Mt Wellington and the River Derwent.
Common social activities include film and video watching, games evenings, eating, Morris dancing, gardening and playing cricket with the kids. We have two regular parties each year (plus other private or spontaneous ones) at mid-winter and mid-summer. Our mid summer gathering is limited to residents and a few friends and has a Christmas feel and is a celebration of another year living at Cascade Cohousing. Our mid winter party is usually an invite-all-your-friends affair with lots of music and dancing.
We built the common house and most of our paths and landscaping ourselves. We have a "working bee" once a month for construction and maintenance of the site. Sometimes the working bees are hard work, but they are mostly fun and social occasions.
About one quarter of of our land has been preserved as an area of unbuilt space and most of this is regenerating to the natural bush of the region. Between the regrowth and the housing we have a space for orchards, gardens and a chicken run. There are currently 10 chickens in the run and they supply some of our eggs, eat lots of food scraps and entertain both children and adults alike. Our fruit trees are now producing. This year we had a huge crop of apples and plenty of apricots, but birds ate the almond crop.
Copyright 1997-2007 Cascade
Last modified: 29 September 2007