We’re located in the Centennial area of Burlington, Vermont on East Village Drive (our community’s driveway) off East Avenue, about a mile from I-89 (Exit 14). We border Centennial Woods, a 68-acre nature preserve. This natural area, which is within Burlington’s city limits, is an amazing asset for our community. With its well-developed trail system (and a trailhead directly off our property just past our organic garden), residents here take advantage of this amazing resource to walk, snowshoe, and observe the beauty of mature conifer stands, mixed hardwood, fields, streams, and wetlands.
Although our quiet little oasis seems far removed from the hustle and bustle of a city, only a “hop and a skip” to downtown Burlington, While you can easily walk or bike to almost anywhere in the city from our location, we’re also close to city bus routes, including a free shuttle to downtown and the waterfront, if you don’t feel like driving.
The summer home of the Vermont Lake Monsters, Centennial Field, is just down the street from us. We are so close that we can hear the roar of the crowd at night when there is a home run! This minor league team is affiliated with the Oakland Athletics.
East Avenue borders the University of Vermont (often abbreviated UVM, which stands for “Universitas Viridis Montis,” Latin for University of the Green Mountains) and its 460-acre campus. Residents here can attend many UVM events, whether music, art, theater, dance, or lectures, for free or low cost. UVM also offers OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) for adult learners that offers a significant discount on UVM courses, access to seminars with engaging speakers, and travel abroad opportunities.
We are directly across the street from the UVM Medical Center that provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, and Vermont’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Our homes are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, two and three-bedroom townhouses, and two single-family homes. We share a large common house that includes a living room, kitchen for preparing shared meals, dining room with outdoor terrace, a large roof deck, guest rooms, multipurpose room, laundry room, and mailroom.
Burlington Co-housing is legally structured like a condominium. Each household owns the interior of their unit, but also collectively owns the common elements including the common house, the roofs, outside walls, and structural components of the buildings, as well as the land. The common elements are managed by the residents, through the homeowners association. The legal documents for the community include the Declaration of Condominium and the By-Laws.
Sense of Belonging
For those seeking a more connected living experience, Burlington Co-housing offers individuals and families a lively community of people who share a belief that positive opportunities to interact and cooperate can bring more meaning and joy to their lives.
A True Community of Neighbors
Our community areas allow neighbors to connect with neighbors. Residents can meet and share ideas on our rooftop terrace, in the community living room, playroom, and even in our community laundry room.
Special Events and Activities
Burlington Co-housing frequently offers community events. Workshops, parties, discussions, potlucks, speakers, films, and music occur spontaneously or are organized by community members.
Environmentally Conscious & Sustainable
We compost food scraps and plant debris for use in our gardens, employ a rigorous recycling program, and encourage conservation efforts including using the sun to dry our clothes on outside lines.
Our common house has a large kitchen and dining area where residents and guests may enjoy shared dinners several times each week. Residents alternate meal preparation, and dinners are a great way to socialize and keep connected.
We have an expansive community garden tended to by our residents. Our home-grown vegetables are used seasonally as part of our community meals.