Last updated: September 28, 2014 (7 months ago)
Listing created on: August 5, 2011

McKenzie Green Commons

(Bellingham, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Nikki Quinn
  • Address:
    1506 McKenzie Ave.
    Bellingham, Washington, 98225
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Attend functions
    Make financial commitment

Mission Statement:

Active seniors who care about our planet, seek meaningful relationships yet respect privacy and to live in energy efficient homes.

Community Description:

9/26/14 (PLEASE NOTE: Our website is being updated)

We are pleased to announce that McKenzie Green Commons has formed a relationship with Kulshan Community Land Trust and Ally Community Development Co. that will enable McKenzie Green Commons to move forward.

KulshanCLT has a well established and successful program for assisting home buyers of limited means, and Ally brings the management expertise needed to develop the land and build the homes. Both share the value of community creation and interests in building energy efficient, healthy homes, which meshes perfectly with our vision. McKenzie Green Commons will become a neighborhood of people, some of whom can afford market valued homes and others assisted by community investments.

The vision remains the same: twelve modest, energy efficient, homes within a tranquil natural setting; a community of active adults, 55 plus, who care deeply about our environment and the impact we have on our planet; and where there’s a shared desire to have meaningful relationships balanced with the need for privacy and independence.

The model being created is a financially diverse community (legally a condominium) having shared open space, a common house, storage/shop building and vegetable garden. Five of the twelve units will be purchased by people selected and assisted by KulshanCLT. Seven will be market valued homes.

LOCATION: Bellingham, Washington’s desirable Fairhaven Neighborhood, McKenzie Green Commons will be a residential community of individually owned, single family homes where the land, a social hall, and shared gardens have common ownership. And this, just a short walk to the trails, library, market, and restaurants.

For more information visit the website – or email or


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Other
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban
  • Area: 1 acre
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 12
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: 7 market rate homes
    5 assisted ownership (by KulshanCLT)

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: No
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Everyone mustbe pre-qualified

    Each household needs to attend meetings (infrequent)


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.

Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Own Site
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2015
  • Number of housing units: 12
  • Shared common building: Yes (10000 square feet)
  • Architect: To be annoiunced
  • Developer: KulshanCLT with Ally Community Development LLC

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


Two blocks to market, trails, library, restuarants; green, energy efficient, open space, socail hall

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