Casa Hueso

Last updated: April 11, 2015 (7 months ago)

Listing created on: February 27, 2012

Casa Hueso

(Olympia, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1999
  • Start Living Together: 1999
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Casa Hueso
  • Phone: 360-915-6416
  • Address:
    129 Percival Street
    Olympia, Washington, 98502
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email us:

    or contact us through our web site,

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Vacancies are filled by application

Mission Statement:

Casa Hueso is a collective of community members who strive to continuously create and shape the world we desire to live in. We envision a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally, and where all life is treated with dignity. We work to create this future by building housing alternatives that are equally accessible to all and that encourages the exploration of what it means to live in a beloved community. Our goal as a household is to create a cooperative and supportive home, where house members can develop, create and become whatever they desire in their self, alongside others and in the world.

Community Description:

Our home is a large two-story house (plus a very large basement) with 6 bedrooms (2 more in the basement), a large living room and dinning room, and kitchen. We have a large covered backspace (which is convenient for the rainy Olympia weather), a back garden space (that is used mostly for our grazing chickens), and a large front garden space (the chickens aren’t allowed here on account that they keep eating our sprouts!). We also have a large garage used for bike storage, maintenance projects, and roof access. We are all currently renters and do not own the space (something that we would love to change one day!).

We are located on the beautiful west side of Olympia. The house is in walking distance from down town and the west side Olympia Food Co-op and a short distance from The Evergreen State College. On clear days we even have a view of Mount Rainer from our top floor.

Our community consists of artists, activists, musicians, poets, workers, environmentalists, students, radicals, lovers, dreamers, and adventurers.


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Type: Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord
  • Current Number of Residences: 1

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Food, rent, utilities, other expenses are shared



  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Food produced locally: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


Additional Comments

West Side, Olympia, Washington

Photo Gallery

Community Affiliations

Olympia Housing Collective


Olympia, Washington, Collective, Housing, Casa, Hueso, Family, Black Beans, Rice, Evergreen, State,

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge