Coliving is the new home-owning

It is millennials and Generation Z who are leading the charge of the coliving movement around the world. After graduating from tertiary education and entering the workforce, millennials have come up against barriers to creating a happy living life for themselves. With high student debts and earning incomes much lower than their parents, it is nigh impossible to buy a house and rental prices are soaring. In what rooms are available, the wider living situations lack a sense of community. Coliving has arisen to address these problems.

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A defender of coliving

Coliving is not without its opponents. In the New Zealand housing climate, some people believe coliving spaces are really only just, “flash” adult dorms or expensive boarding houses. But there are also those who argue in defense of coliving; their voices focused on coliving being a positive, community centered project.

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Samantha Mythen
Why Choose Coliving?

The meaning and reasoning behind coliving is different to many people.

For young people, it is a way to explore the world, finding themselves an instant community of like-minded people. For professionals, coliving offers a new network of connections and team building opportunities, enriching their working experience. For the older generations, it is a way to combat the loss of community; a push back against the rise of loneliness that comes with age.

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A walkable urbanism renaissance

We, at Comunita are immensely supportive of sustainable urbanism. Our aim to build coliving homes, creating more life enriching urban areas, is founded on concepts of sustainability, community, and wellbeing. Foot Traffic Ahead brought out a new report last month confirming the benefits of sustainable urbanism, focusing on building walkable urban spaces in the United States of America.

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When in doubt, pedal it out

At the forefront of many people’s minds right now is the global need to reduce our carbon footprint.

The key is realising we all can make easy changes in our lives that can help the earth around us; when in doubt, pedal it out…

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Samantha Mythen
The Cost of Living

It is getting expensive to carve out and create a good life for ourselves in New Zealand.

Take Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, where living costs have been rising markedly within the last ten years. A household in Auckland will have $233 a week less spare money compared to Wellington, and $220 less than in Christchurch, as conducted by a PWC study.

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On life-long friendship

A small little pink Piglet once wondered along next to his much taller, bear-shaped friend Winnie the Pooh. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we Pooh?” he asked. “Even longer,” Pooh replied.

A real life example of a Piglet and Pooh friendship is the story of four couples, who have been best friends for 20 years, and who wanted to ensure they’d always have a place where they could escape everyday life and holiday together, especially as they got older.

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How to be an effective leader

John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States of America wrote, “When your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more - then you are a leader.”

Leadership is one of the most empowering and important traits you can possess and anyone can be a leader. But what does it take to be a strong and effective leader?

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Creating an organic, self-sustaining urban “agrihood:”

In 2016, an urban neighbourhood in Detroit set up America’s first organic, self-sustainable neighbourhood, providing fresh and healthy, homegrown food for the community. The garden is two acres in size and grows over 300 organic varieties of vegetables, from chromatic orange carrots to zesty green spinach. Alongside this, it has an orchard of 200 fruit trees, including magenta coloured plums, blooming red cherries and juicy pears. From this vast array of earth’s treats, 2000 homes in the area, as well as local restaurants and markets are provided with fresh produce each season.

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Coliving; the new way to create an artwork of connections

The Holstee Manifesto writes “Life is all about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.”

First we had coworking, now coliving has evolved out of the human desire to create better social networks and nurture more fulfilling personal relationships. It is a place where everyone is treated as unique, with great skills and attributes they can bring to the community table.


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