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Treehouse Village Ecohousing’s Inaugural Open House

By Terry Lavender

On June 22, two days after the Summer Solstice, Treehouse Village Ecohousing (TVE) hosted its first open house to celebrate the completion of Atlantic Canada’s first cohousing community in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. More than 100 people attended this landmark event, including Bridgewater Deputy Mayor Cheryl Fougere, who conveyed greetings on behalf of Mayor David Mitchell and the Town Council.

The event commenced with a land acknowledgement by TVE resident Sunil Kittur, setting a tone of respect and gratitude for the land and its history. Kathy Horton, another resident, shared reflections on the Summer Solstice, eloquently linking the event to the natural cycles and the changing of the seasons. Her words resonated with the community’s commitment to sustainability and living harmoniously with nature.

Deputy Mayor Fougere’s remarks highlighted the town’s pride in TVE’s achievements. She expressed her admiration for the impressive 4000 square foot common house, equipped with EV chargers, a car share program, and a “free store” where residents can exchange unwanted items. Her commendation extended to the Treehouse Village community for their hard work, community spirit, and dedication, all of which were palpable throughout the event.

The open house featured guided tours by residents, showcasing the community’s innovative and eco-friendly design. Visitors explored the property, including the one remaining unit for sale—a charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. The tours offered a glimpse into the sustainable living spaces and the unique cohousing lifestyle that Treehouse Village promotes.

Guests were treated to the delightful taste of fresh local strawberries and homemade cookies, adding a touch of local flavour to the festivities. Children enjoyed making crafts, creating a lively and joyful atmosphere that underscored the family-friendly nature of the community.

With almost all units sold, the community is on the brink of full occupancy, a testament to the appeal and success of its vision.

The open house was not just a celebration of the physical completion of the project but also a celebration of community, shared values, and a sustainable future. Treehouse Village Ecohousing has set a new standard for cohousing in Atlantic Canada, demonstrating what can be achieved when individuals come together with a shared commitment to a better, more sustainable way of living.

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