A community committed to aging well in Paonia, Colorado


Silver Leaf, an elder cohousing project, consists of a group of caring and creative individuals committed to living cooperatively and harmoniously with our neighbors, the land, the environment, and the community at large. We are committed to living simply on a smaller footprint, allowing time and resources for the giving back to the community and enjoying our elder years.

The community consists of 12 small, universally designed/accessible homes, and common amenities include an organic garden, native landscaping, and a common house. The common house includes a kitchen, dining area, multi-purpose room for social and educational gatherings, guest room/creative art/work space, and space for exercise or yoga. The schedule of events for the community room are currently being determined. 

Current News from Silver Leaf

Gardens ready for spring planting at SilverLeaf!

On November 16th, 2019, members of the Silver Leaf Cohousing community in Paonia CO gathered to begin our community garden.  After several hours of laughter and exercising some muscles we forgot we had, we created 12 “Lasagna Beds” ready for planting in the spring....

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Thank you to Rob and Kathy!

This is the Dedication Rock to Rob and Kathy Crawford, for their inspiration and endless hours given to this non-profit. Their belief in cohousing, setting the structural foundation, and the guidelines of how to live in community was exemplary. With gratitude for a...

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The homes are approximately 950 square feet in size with two bedrooms and one or one and a half baths.



Paonia is a unique little town located in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado at the foot of the West Elk Mountains. It’s character is created by a unique combination of agriculture and coal mining with a “hip” creative, foodie, intellectual component in a high desert setting that offers unlimited recreational opportunities. One could literally take a yoga class, have a farm to table breakfast,  hike or mountain bike Jumbo Mountain, go for a cross country ski, visit a farm, and finish it off with a local wine tasting and a movie… all in the same day.