Last updated: July 4, 2015 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: September 29, 2012
(Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 2009 Established: 2015
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
- Website address: http://belterracohousing.ca
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belterra-Cohousing/144711765601307?ref=hl
- Contact Name: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 604-240-1036
726 Belterra Road
Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G2
Visitors accepted: Yes
In Summer and Fall 2015 members will be busy moving in and getting situated. The Common House will probably be finished in October 2015 at which time we will be in a better position to host visitors.
Open to new Members:Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
Now that all of the suites are occupied, the community needs to revisit its process for application and purchase from individual owners in the strata. Currently, no one intends to see or to leave the newly-completed community (July 2015).
The Belterra Mission Statement: To create and sustain an evolving community that embraces respect for a diverse group of ecologically accountable and socially responsible people.
Belterra Cohousing is a multi-generational community with 30 condominium-styled homes in 5 residential buildings on a forested hillside overlooking beautiful Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. We are located on Bowen Island, just 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
As of July 2015, we have reached our goal of 30 households and all members have assumed occupancy. Our Common House, Woodworking Shop and Greenhouse are under construction.
Our vision of sustainable island living has captured the imagination of a diverse group of people, from 8-year old Josie (daughter of Carmen and John) to retired UBC professor Paul.
Belterra is a community within a community. Bowen Island has a small-town feel, an interesting history as a vacation spot popular in the early 1900s, as well as numerous cultural events, an active arts council, two commercial centres with cafes, grocery stores, restaurants, fine crafts shops, galleries, and fitness and wellness centres.
Although the island is relatively small, it boasts a 2,200 peak in the centre and numerous hiking trails, beaches, two marinas and a 9-hole golf course.
If you visit the Belterra Cohousing Website, you can learn more about the talents and interests of many of our members under “Who We Are” and find out about our wait list for rentals and homes for sale. The website includes renderings of the buildings that grace our 10 acres with 30 energy-efficient homes http://www.belterracohousing.ca
At meetings, we find ourselves laughing a lot and enjoying the process of designing a community that includes community gardens, a 3,300 sf common house, greenhouse, workshop and children’s play areas. We also have fantastic potluck meals, with a range of diets represented. We look forward to expanding our cooking and meal sharing (and growing lots of vegetables) after we have all moved in.
The homes and other facilities are BuiltGreen to Gold standard and have in-floor radiant heat and water catchment. Each household may have up to “eight legs” for pets – that is two dogs, two cats, or one of each. We have adopted policies that govern smoking, fencing and parking that were developed to respect both individuals and the group.
We are free to rent out our homes, but are a stable residential community and most of the “owners” live at Belterra year-round and participate in the process of creating community.
Among us you will find: nurses, wood workers, teachers, musicians, techies, videographers, fine artists, therapists, social workers, body workers, doctors, seekers, gardeners, students, environmental consultants, editors, small business owners, builders, a yoga instructor, a financial analyst, a certified ecologist, an RCMP officer, a researcher, a graphic artist and a librarian. We have young children and retirees, and several ethnic groups are represented.
You can find us on Facebook.