Columbia Ecovillage

Last updated: September 24, 2013 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: October 8, 2007

Columbia Ecovillage

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

Mission Statement:

Community Sustainability

Community Description:

We are an urban cohousing ecovillage cultivating supportive relationships with each other, the larger community, and the Earth.

We are a “green” 37-residence condominium development and cohousing community composed of private homes with full kitchens supplemented by extensive common facilities. The village is on 3.73 acres that include play areas, vineyards, extensive vegetable gardens, and mature fruit and nut trees. We are located on two frequent-service bus lines in inner northeast Portland.

Members of the community share a growing concern for the environment and a desire to live lightly upon the earth, while strengthening social ties that are lost in the rushed and hectic pace of life today. Our residents range in age from one to 86 years old.

Many people contact us to inquire about internships, volunteer opportunities, or overnight stays. At this time, we do not have a volunteer program. We are only able to host personal guests of current residents, or people who are actively in the process of renting or buying an available unit. If you are interested in exploring Columbia Ecovillage as a potential new home, please join our email list, which alerts subscribers about available homes as they arise. We have scheduled tours on the first Saturday of the month. Please consult our website for the tour schedule and email list signup.

If you are a student or journalist wishing to conduct research about cohousing or ecovillages, please consult our website, which is chock full of interesting and helpful information about our community, and co-housing in general. If you have additional questions, please contact us by email with your questions, and someone from our Outreach Team may be able to accommodate with a brief interview.

Thanks for your interest!


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)


  • Area: 3.7 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 37
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: 37 residences in 5 buildings

    A few units are currently for sale, see web site for details


    Plus laundry room and craft room


  • Adult Members: 64
  • Child Members: 9
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us at [email protected] if you wish a tour. We do tours on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: requires background check
  • Additional Comments: Parents decide for their children.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have nine stairwells represented by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors makes day-to-day decisions, with the community meeting to discuss more important decisions.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: At this time 9 hours per month, but people put in many more hours than that.

    Monthly HOA fees

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We have 2 regularly scheduled meals per week, plus additional meals and potlucks.

    We have about 2 acres of garden spaces and will be growing much of our own food in the future.

    We cook around each other’s food requirements.

    Smoking is not permitted in any building on our property.

Additional Comments

the site seems rural

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Community Affiliations

No Name

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.