Senior Living with a Purpose

THISTLEDOWN CO-LIVING HOUSE

NEW APPROACH TO A GROWING PROBLEM

There is a growing issue where older adults are living in poverty and can’t afford housing, insurance, medications, transportation and food. As a result, providers and developers are looking at ways to build affordable housing without government subsidies, while instilling a renewed sense of dignity.  One alternative is Garden Spot Village Thistledown Co-Living House, a 3,973 sf home within their community in New Holland, PA.

INTENTIONAL LIVING

The co-operative living house, is a unique option where five unrelated older adults live together and share a common residential structure. Each person (or couple) has a private suite, including a bedroom and a bathroom. Common areas include a shared kitchen/dining room, living room, den, laundry, storage areas and garage, plus outdoor spaces.

SHARED COMMUNITY SPACE

Each home has a “livable” front porch that is sized to allow people to place furniture and spend time at that location, giving them access to everything happening on the green. As part of the greater Garden Spot Village community, residents have full access to the community’s campus where they can shop, dine and participate in activities together, as needed. 

LOCATION:

New Holland, PA

PROGRAM:

5 unit Independent Living House

SERVICES:

Master Planning, Architecture, Engineering

SIZE:

3,973 SF

COMPLETION DATE:

2018

AWARDS:

Environments for Aging Design Showcase – Honorable Mention

Senior Housing News - Best Affordable Design

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