Welcome to Bay State Commons

Great News! Bay State Commons Cohousing has received Malden approval. So now we are completing the permitting process with the historic preservation review. This means we are still on track to break ground in January, 2020. We will post updates here. We also have a few units still available—studio, one-bedroom, and one-bedroom+.

Please check out one of our meetings to learn more about us and our project. We have meetings twice a month, every first Tuesday in Cambridge, and third Tuesday in Malden. Specific information is on our MeetUp page.


What is Bay State Commons?

We are a group of residents of the city of Malden and the Metro North Boston area who have gathered together to build a cohousing community. Working as our own developer, we hired architects French/2D and Neshamkin French to design a three-story building with 30 studio-to-three bedroom units near the center of Malden at 368 Pleasant Street.

Members of Bay State Commons Cohousing

Most of us didn’t know each other initially, but as we’ve worked together through the development process, we’ve begun building relationships as we approach construction and move-in.

As families, couples, and singles, we represent four generations. We have a wide variety of interests, which include cooking, gardening, making music, and just spending time together. Some of us work, some are in school, and some are retired.

We value neighborliness, good communication, and thoughtfulness. It is important to us to have the support of our neighbors when need arises. And have the opportunity to age in place. We look forward to becoming part of the greater Malden community. To learn more about us.

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing is a method of designing new neighborhoods that began in Scandinavia in the mid-twentieth century. There are now about 130 communities in the United States and another 100 under construction. We will be organized as a condominium with private living spaces and multiple common spaces designed to encourage interaction. Like other cohousing communities, we will have expanded common spaces to include shared music and art rooms, children’s indoor and outdoor play areas, a workshop and exercise room, and a “great room.” The great room is a community gathering place for meetings, social events, and hanging out. In addition, it will include a large kitchen so we can cook and eat together for occasional brunches, parties, potlucks, and banquets.

To learn more about cohousing see About Cohousing and this Infographic.

Image of Community 2.9 graphic by Towergate Property Insurance

You can learn more about Bay State Commons Cohousing at the links below:

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