Last updated: August 12, 2014 (2 weeks ago)
Listing created on: September 29, 2012
(Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada)
- Status: Forming
- 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 only held on Sundays due to construction. At this time we have only two units remaining for sale. You can see the floor plans and locations of these units 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 make a loan to the corporation based on 10% of the value of the home that they select. This loan is applied to the mortgage (as a downpayment) when the construction is completed and the mortgage issued.
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.
Of the original 30 homes, only 2 remain availaable for sale. The first two residential buildings will be completed in October and November 2014 and 11 households will start moving into their new homes!
Members of the Belterra community are drawn to the outdoor splendor of Bowen Island, the small-town feel of the island and its good schools, as well as our individual commitments to environmental stewardship, community involvement, and cooperative decision-making.
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) and see floor plans of the remaining units. The website includes renderings of the five townhouse style buildings that will grace our 10 acres with 30 energy-efficient homes overlooking Howe Sound and the Canadian Coast Range. http://www.belterracohousing.ca
The bare slope began to sprout with the first signs of construction in November 2014 and now the utilities are underground and four of the five residential buildings have been framed up with windows, doors and roofs!
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. The homes and other facilities are BuiltGreen to Gold standard and have in-floor radiant heat. Each household may have up to “eight legs” for pets – that is two dogs, two cats, or one of each. There is a non-smoking policy and other ‘living in community’ agreements. We can rent our units, but aim to create a stable, imaginative and interesting community of families (and individuals) who will be partners in creating a culture of community on the island.
Among us you will find: doctors and a retired nurse, wood workers, teachers, musicians, techies, videographers, professional artists, therapists and social workers, an RCMP officer, body workers and seekers, a yoga instructor, gardeners, a certified ecologist, parents, grandparents, children (of course) and small business owners.
You can find us on Facebook and sign up for our eNewsletter, The Belterra Buzz.
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