175 Acres, 100 Homes, 220 ResidentsEcoVillage currently includes two 30-home cohousing neighborhoods, FROG and SONG, with a third 40-home cohousing neighborhood, TREE, completed in 2015. With a total of 100 homes, this is the largest cohousing community in the world! Our residents include about 160 adults and 60 children, living as families, singles and couples. We range in age from infants to octogenarians. About a fifth of our residents are retired, and another fifth are stay-at-home parents. The remaining residents work in very diverse roles, including farmers, software engineers, nurses, teachers, writers, builders, musicians, legal and financial professionals, college professors and more. The village is also home to an organic CSA vegetable farm, an organic CSA/U-Pick berry farm, office spaces for entrepreneurs, a neighborhood root cellar, community gardens, and meadows, ponds and woodlands. Over 80% of the 175 acre site is planned to remain green space, including 50 acres in a conservation easement held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
With names inspired by our natural surroundings, and the order in which they were built, the Frog, Song and TREE neighborhoods are each unique. They demonstrate a variety of green building technologies. Different architecture, landscaping and site plans create distinct character.
It's a goal, a practice and an accomplishment. Conserving energy, solar power, planting trees, healthy buildings, growing and eating local, and a culture of sharing help us lower our collective resource use to about 30% of the typical American household. It's easier to do together than alone.
Life at EcoVillage is a dynamic balance between personal and family individuality, and cooperative community. Residents participate in shared work and play, each in their own way, while being mindful of impact on all.
Many residents operate businesses, farms, music and art studios, and professional practices, both on and off-site. Browse our listings and links to learn more, and consider doing business with us!
Families & Children
Ecovillage is a rather unique place for children. With cars parked in the back, children can roam freely in 175 acres of nature. There are two ponds to swim in the summer and skate in winter, and several outdoor and indoor playgrounds to fool around. Children get to be free-range kids here, they can simply run over to their friend’s houses to get their friends to play. It’s not unusual here for parents not to know where their child is… and feel good about it! Children are safe and having fun somewhere.
Searching for intentional community? Looking for a great place to live in beautiful Ithaca, NY? Explore whether life at EcoVillage Ithaca is right for you.