Troy Gardens

photo of Troy Gardens homes

Troy Gardens is an award-winning 31-acre project which combines community gardens, a working CSA farm, a restored prairie, and a thirty home mixed-income cohousing community. MACLT began working on Troy Gardens in 1995 along with a wonderful group of collaborating organizations, and after 12 years completed the housing component in 2007.

The Troy Gardens Case Study is an excellent archive of all sorts of information about Troy Gardens.

To learn about the community gardens, farm, and natural areas of Troy Gardens you can visit Community GroundWorks.


About the cohousing community at Troy Gardens

There are 30 cohousing units at Troy Gardens. Twenty of the units are reserved for low-moderate income buyers, and ten units are market rate with no income restrictions. Each year approximately 1-3 units are sold to a new homeowner. When a home at Troy is for sale, a new buyer is often identified through word-of-mouth marketing. If the selling homeowner creates a real estate listing, the listing will be published on MACLT’s website.

Troy Gardens is organized as a self-governing condominium. While the original vision for Troy Gardens included a “common house”, which would make the project a fully-fledged cohousing community, the common house is not yet built. But the cohousing spirit remains alive and strong at Troy Gardens. The community’s vision follows:

“Troy Gardens is a welcoming and affordable cohousing community where we cultivate sustainability, trust, and meaningful connections with one another and the land through celebration, cooperation, and open communication. We are working toward a common house and common areas that facilitate this vision.”

A gathering of the cohousing residents…


Madison Area Community Land Trust Corp. and Common Wealth Development, Inc., are affiliated organizations.
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