Community Living: Eco-Villages Cohousing Cottage Housing
Many homebuyers today seek an authentic sense of community and place when purchasing a home. Homebuilders are also recognizing the value-add of community and are seeking ways to design conviviality and shared resource uses in their projects.
Community living can be the right answer for people who seek an extended-family environment for raising a family, or who seek an environment of familiarity and trust, where neighbors know your name. Community housing includes: Cohousing (www.cohousing.org), cottage & courtyard housing, master-built communities, residential land trusts & co-ops, eco-villages, congregate residence, and retreat & religious centers.
Currently there are several possible projects in various stages of development in the Pacific Northwest including Salem, OR.; Olympia, WA.; and a site on water near Seattle, WA.
Dearborn Commons Co-Housing Project - An 18 unit project located near the intersection of Dearborn and Rainier Avenue less than 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. Dearborn Commons is an affordable, intergenerational neighborhood, planned, developed and operated by its owner/residents. Features include underground parking and a common house with cooking and gathering facilities for shared meals and community events. Market rate unit prices are projected to range from $165,000 for studio units to $287,000 for large 2 bedroom units.
Sharingwood Community - Beautiful community living in a country setting near Woodinville, WA. Experience community, live in the peace of the country, awaken to the songs of birds, and be serenaded by the gleeful sounds of children playing.
Songaia CoHousing - At Songaia, organic gardens are established from which we grow and process some of our food. Annually, we hold celebrations marking the passing of the seasons, tree plantings, a Thanksgiving feast for family and friends, and significant occasions like birthdays. In this way, we establish a strong sense of security, neighborliness, and extended family in addition to providing affordable and environmentally responsible housing.
Bellingham Cohousing - Bellingham Cohousing is sited on nearly 6 acres with the homes clustered on the Northern portion, and a wetlands area to the South. Connelly Creek runs through the Southern boundary of the property. The condominium homes at Bellingham Cohousing are privately-owned, each with their own kitchens and other features you would expect in a typical residence. In addition, Cohousing includes many common facilities that offer cost-saving resource-sharing, along with areas that promote and support community interactions.