Our Beginning

Altair EcoVillage began in 1999 with a small group of elders called STAR (Seniors for Talents and Resources). They had heard about Cohousing as a model for living together and had explored a site or two, speaking with professionals to start the process.

Since then Altair (brightest naked eye star in the constellation Aquila) has presented our concept to the six Townships in and around Phoenixville, have worked with three other developers, looked seriously at over two dozen sites and have had at least 300 different people attend meetings and workshops.

We are close to getting a special Zoning Ordinance on the current site. We have adopted the name “EcoVillage” to reflect our desire to work on healing the planet and building community.

Banner photo by The Cohousing Company

“There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society,
where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.”


  • Diversity

  • Community interaction and privacy

  • Ecologically sound buildings and open spaces 

Core Values


We believe that trust and respect are fostered in
an active neighborhood environment.