In some California communities, the recent trend to build mixed use developments has morphed into “co-housing,” the practice in which homes are built to share resources and space. One such development will soon break ground in Mountain View, the home of Google. The residences will offer privacy yet ample shared facilities. And unlike urban “lofts” and the condominiums that has redefined California’s housing stock over the past 40 years, this new development has engaged its future residents from its conception.

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