A park-like neighborhood perfect for walking, with organic gardens, orchard, a field for sports, and a woodland creek leading to the Eno River.
Eno Commons is a 22 household, cohousing neighborhood in Durham. The 11.2 acre site is a stone's throw from the Eno River Park and just six miles from the center of downtown Durham. Twenty two households is a size considered near optimum for a balance of privacy and participation.
Eno Commons offers the opportunity to have both the privacy of your own home and yard, and the option of gathering with neighbors in the Commons House, and in the community gardens or orchard. The woods and creek-side offer beautiful spots for solitude or walks with friends.
A neighborhood with people of all ages and abilities creates a sense of extended family.
We believe that a neighborhood with a diversity of residents is a more vibrant place. We are accessible to people of all physical abilities: with the site plan, Commons House, and home designs all planned with accessibility and wheelchairs in mind. People of all ages, races, religious beliefs, and affectional preferences are invited to make Eno Commons their home.
Neighborhood meals offer at least two good things: a chance to eat home-cooked sit-down meals with good company, and a chance to do the preceding without always having to spend time cooking. Sharing meals in our Commons House about six times a month is an important part of our community. We have Tuesday evening meals every week, a meal every other Sunday evening and parties for all occasions.
Eno Commons combines a vibrant environment with the support that makes life easier. Golf courses, gyms, pools and other recreational facilities are within minutes of our neighborhood. World class medical facilities are just 10 minutes away.
Children learn what they live. Our children are learning about independence, inter-dependence, diversity, ecology, consensus, and how to be good neighbors in a supportive community through their every day experiences. From the time they decide to participate at the age of two or three, children can help make some of the community rules. They clear their places at community meals, leave their shoes on all of our porches, run through the meadow (or more likely around Sam and Margaret's yard) with their friends, get homework help from all of us, follow animal tracks through the woods, or choose to be alone. (The neighborhood is good for parents too - we spend a lot less time in our cars by pooling rides and not having to takes kids to as many play dates.)
To compliment the passive solar design, each home at Eno Commons is heated and cooled by a geothermal (ground-source) heat pump, the most efficient, low maintenance heating and cooling systems. Power bills are proving to be quite low. Many other low maintenance features are included, and the homes were designed to minimize use of toxic materials.
The beautiful features of Eno Commons' 11.2 acre site are preserved by a design which focuses on people, not cars. By limiting the road, we create a neighborhood safer and more pleasant for children and adults and which preserves large portions of our land undisturbed for wildlife.
We believe we can help each other and live with greater appreciation of
the earth's resources. With simplicity and day-to-day respect for each person
and for the land itself, we are creating an innovative, peaceful neighborhood
nestled by the Eno River.