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Echo Hills Cottages

Last updated: December 15, 2016 (2 months ago)

Listing created on: April 21, 2013

Echo Hills Cottages

(Asheville, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Laurie Czecholinski
  • Phone: 828-778-0461
  • Community Address:
    12 Wellspring Lane
    Asheville, North Carolina, 28806
    United States

Mission Statement:

Conscious relationships.

Community Description:

Our intentional neighborhood is located in Asheville, NC on 3.25 acres of park like setting with rolling hills and fifty year old trees. There are eleven home sites with two completed and occupied. Two homes are under construction with one of these to be completed and occupied in January 2017, and the second early summer of 2017. Design is completed on the fifth with groundbreaking December 2016. We will have a total of twelve houses, including one existing house with community space. Homes range from 800-1500 sq. ft. with plans that offer room for your own creative design. Our primary vision includes conscious relationships, awareness practice, compassionate communication and Sociocratic decision making. We have a small community garden with plans for new growth as the community grows. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability and encourage urban ecovillage practices. Email for more information.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 3.2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on, Rental opportunities
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 12
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on, Rental opportunities
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Multiple stakeholders
  • Additional Comments: Several rental opportunities.


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact Laurie at:
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: We have a process that begins with reviewing our information packet that is sent through email, continued correspondence, and a visit to the community. When serious interest is established, the Blueprint of We is used to further explore compatibility and establish healthy relationships.
  • Additional Comments: Open/Simple mindfulness based spirituality.


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Consent process of Sociocracy.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Outbuilding(s), Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Open to what works for all, and to spontaneity.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Western North Carolina Green Building Council


Echo Hills Cottages, intentional pocket neighborhood

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