Welcome To Vesta Communities!
We are an eclectic group of pioneers, designers, real estate and marketing professionals guided to provide innovative housing solutions for people seeking to live smaller, greener
and in conscious community.
We are passionate about creating communities that are sustainable in every sense, physically, socially and financially;
where the social fabric and sense of belonging is paramount.
Places designed to optimize connection
where people can THRIVE together.
We are on a mission to create intentional community for people who desire to
• With others who are committed to active neighboring
• Care about sharing life events, laughter and tears
• Embrace diversity
• Live lighter and closer to the land
• Who want to grow food and make meals together
• Are committed to self care and the well-being of the whole
We are in the process of buying & converting existing garden style apartments under 20 units into an updated version of cohousing.
Cohousing originated in Denmark and has existed in the U.S. for over a generation. Cohousing communities are small-scale planned neighborhoods of private homes with a rich array of commonly held ammenities such as gardens, outdoor spaces, meals, events etc. The first cohousing in the U.S. was completed in 1991. There are hundreds across the U.S. with many more forming.
If this type of living sounds appealing to you, please contact us.
We would love to tell you more!
Founders behind Vesta
Left to Right: Elizabeth Lassuy, Donna Niemann, Claudia Hartman
Claudia is a social entrepreneur, community catalyst, marketing/branding consultant and writer. She spent over 15 years in a successful marketing and business development role for several signature architects and designers in downtown Phoenix. It was during that time that her love for downtown Phoenix and urban community started. In 2007, she started her own consulting practice SKY Marketing that helps small mission driven businesses in the wellness/green/holistic market sectors with branding, content marketing and creative business strategy. She is the founder of Radiate Phoenix, The Community Porch and Urban Community Suppers and has deep experience leading groups of various sizes. Claudia lives in 1950’s Ralph Haver neighborhood and is a neighborhood activator and facilitator.
Donna moved to Arizona 14 years ago and opened her own art gallery in the Scottsdale airport. She worked exclusively with interior designers, architects and developers to provide art to numerous residential and commercial projects in the greater Phoenix area. She received her degree in interior design at AIID in 2010. Donna worked directly with Chuck Durrett, the American architect who introduced cohousing to the US and has authored several books on the topic. She attended his “Senior Cohousing – Making It Happen” seminar to become a facilitator. She was also the organizer of the Greater Phoenix Cohousing group for several years. In 2011, she became a realtor and is now working with Caliber who has done over 110M in real estate transactions in the past few years. The company was just listed on the INC500 at 404. She just completed a major art installation for one of Caliber’s renovated hotels, The Wren located off of the Washington and 44th St light rail stop.
Elizabeth has worked extensively within the construction industry with various ENR top 50 firms; she holds a master of architecture and has several years of design experience in high-end residential and senior living projects. With a life-long commitment to ecological design and development, she has contributed to the design and build of several small off the grid, natural building projects. In addition, Elizabeth has worked for government affordable housing providers and has been on the Board of a local community development corporation. She helped develop one of the early cohousing communities in the US and has lived in a cohousing community in Prescott, Arizona. She was a founding member of the Greater Phoenix Cohousing group, the precursor to Vesta Communities. Elizabeth is answering a pressing call to serve the housing needs with options that she feels are appropriate and life-giving. It is her passion to create places of beauty, comfort, celebration, health and community.