Looking for affordable, family-friendly housing in Nova Scotia, Canada’s ocean playground? Treehouse Village Ecohousing is building an intentional, multigenerational community that lives lightly on the Earth, shares resources, and creates a wonderful place to raise our kids.
On March 28, we presented our first webinar, Next Gen Housing!
Cofounder Cate de Vreede first gave a quick overview of how Treehouse Village is “a small example of how we’d like the world to be”:
- A joyful, environmentally responsible, multi-age community
- Healthy homes and a healthy neighbourhood that welcomes all
- 30 private homes clustered in a form that facilitates social community
- Forested land, gardens, natural playgrounds, a large common house, and shared workshop space
- Ultra energy-efficient designs built to Passive House standards
- Walking or biking distance to schools, shops, and amenities
“This is a gift for our children, being very intentional about the community we will raise them in,” said Cate. “In the process, it will make us better parents — with ripple effects on our own lives as well.
This is a gift for our children, being very intentional about the community we will raise them in. In the process, it will make us better parents — with ripple effects on our own lives as well.”Cate
Cate also led a conversation with Megan Beliveau and Mike Mackenzie on why they decided to join the Treehouse community.
Megan and her partner, Matt, work remotely. They had made the decision recently to relocate from California. “There’s something unique about Nova Scotia,” said Megan. “The community component was the main catalyst for our move. That was so reflected in the support we received from Treehouse folks from the very beginning of our exploration.”
Another huge appeal for Meg and Matt was the fact that Treehouse is located within forested land — and within walking distance to Bridgewater. Meg also noted how Bridgewater is a progressive town with a strong commitment to sustainability and active transit. “The change-making spirit is alive in Bridgewater,” she said. “Treehouse is a big part of that.”
The change-making spirit is alive in Bridgewater. Treehouse is a big part of that.Meg
A Nova Scotia native, Mike was originally interested in Treehouse Village for the great energy-efficient home. “Initially, it was the new passive-solar home that hooked me in,” Mike said. “But now, it’s the cohousing community that offers the most value. That’s where the magic is.”
Along with safer outdoor play space for his two young toddlers, a major benefit to Mike is the intentionality of building a community together. He and his partner, Emma, are enjoying collaborating with their future neighbours, who are also looking to make a difference in the world.
“We look forward to raising our kids in this community,” Mike said. “There’s a ton of potential. This is something you say yes to!”
We look forward to raising our kids in this community; there’s a ton of potential. This is something you say yes to!Mike
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