Kingdom’s Co-Housing Community Explained

24 March 2022

The concept of co-housing isn’t new.

The idea of creating an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared spaces dates back to the late 1960s. The term originated in Denmark among families who were dissatisfied with existing housing and communities that they felt didn’t meet their needs.

Nowadays, hundreds of co-housing communities exist in Denmark and across Europe. The concept has been successfully exported to Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and, of course, the UK.

The Kingdom Co-Housing Community for Over 55s offers stylish age-exclusive living and brings a unique social dimension to your new home as the development includes common facilities to encourage group activities and social meetings of all residents. Private homes clustered around shared spaces offer privacy when you need it as well as a sense of belonging and community with your neighbours when you want it.

Earlsgate Scone also provides you with the opportunity to be actively involved in the management of your housing development, making sure you have a say on what happens where you live.

The Kingdom Co-Housing Community in Scone offers residents:

  • Self-contained private apartments, as well as shared common spaces.
  • Independent living within a supportive community, where residents interact with each other and take responsibility for managing elements of the development.
  • Neighbourly support that can be missing in some modern housing schemes and the opportunity to provide companionship and address issues related to social isolation.

Residents at Earlsgate Scone will use some of their time to support their neighbours and help manage the Co-Housing Community through involvement with aspects of community living.  Some examples of this might be:

  • Mutual support and providing practical assistance to neighbouring residents
  • Arranging and organising shared activities in the common facility
  • Undertaking small repairs that are the tenant responsibilities
  • Helping with decorating and housekeeping
  • Running the finances for local budgets
  • Tending the gardens and keeping the area tidy
  • Running a shared car scheme

The range of services or activities will be agreed with the residents living at Earlsgate. Co-Housing communities thrive on consensus decision making. All residents are encouraged to take part in decision making and everyone has an equal voice.

The stunning properties are all offered as mid market rented (MMR) homes. MMR is a form of affordable housing where the rent is set between a social rent and a private rent level.

There is a planning restriction on the age of residents who occupy the apartments, therefore tenants must be over 55 years of age.

If you would like to find out more about the Kingdom Co-Housing Community for Over 55s at Earlsgate, Scone, register your interest, or book onto one of our upcoming Open Days on Saturday 23 April, Thursday 28 April or Tuesday 3 May, email