Westwood includes 23 energy-efficient dwellings and the original farmhouse, all clustered around two pedestrian commons and a central common house. The common house is used for shared suppers, meetings and recreation. It has a playroom, lounge, laundry, and guest rooms. Parking is kept at the perimeter of the property. This leaves much of the land free for trees, gardens, and play areas.
Our buildings utilize passive solar design, tight building envelopes for energy efficiency, centrally supplied hot water and radiant floor heating, and landscaping for light and shade and multiple functions.|
We welcome people of different ages, family types, races, occupations, income levels, sexual orientations, religious beliefs. Common facilities and some dwellings are wheelchair-accessible. Priorities include a wholesome environment for young people, efficient utilization of resources, and ample opportunities for members to learn skills that enhance community life.
The community is organized as a Planned Unit Development (PUD), which allows for clustered buildings and preservation of commons green space. Our dwellings are townhouses; each unit is privately owned by a Westwood member. Residents are members of the Westwood Cohousing Homeowners Association (WCHA), which owns the common house and the common property and manages the community. Members participate in the management and work.
The south commons in the springtime.
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