Last updated: May 6, 2015 (2 weeks 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: Yes
- 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
Please call to arrange for a site tour, which are usually held on Sundays due to construction. At this time we have only one two-bedroom top floor unit remaining for sale. You can see the floor plans and location of this unit on the website.
Open to new Members: Yes
Attend an information meeting and become an Associate Member by paying a small fee ($100) which entitles the prospective member to participate fully in community meetings and gives access to the private members pages of the website where all minutes of meetings, policies and financial information can be accessed. If still interested, the prospective member would have a confidential meeting with Belterra’s project manager to discuss finances and determine eligibility for a mortgage. If the individual or family decides to proceed, they would prepare to make a down payment on the property. Depending on the buyer’s circumstances, the lender is requiring 15-25% down payment on the mortgage.
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 April 2015, we have only one remaining home for sale and residents have moved into buildings, one, two and five. The two other residential buildings will be completed in May and July, with the Common House, Wood Working Shop, and Greenhouse close behind.
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 (“Who We Are”), and find out about attending a Belterra site walk (most Sundays). 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 and sign up for our eNewsletter, The Belterra Buzz.
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