Last updated: December 18, 2013 (4 months ago)
Listing created on: August 5, 2011

McKenzie Green Commons

(Bellingham, Washington, United States)

Mission Statement:

intentional senior housing

Community Description:

Rethinking community – pioneering a new direction for adult living.

McKenzie Green Commons will become an owner occupied community of 12 green built homes where active adults (55+) can live more simply in smaller, energy efficient homes within a tranquil natural setting.

Located in Bellingham, Washington’s desirable Fairhaven Neighborhood, McKenzie Green Commons will be a intentional residential community of individually owned, single family homes where the land, a social hall, and shared gardens have common ownership. This is intended to be a collaborative community, having the best features of a pocket neighborhood and co-housing.

We seek neighbors who care deeply about our environment and the impact we have on our planet, and where there is a shared desire to have relationships that are meaningful. Here, there will be the opportunity to participate in a self-managed neighborhood, and to find a balance between community and the need for privacy and independence.

And this, just a short walk to the trails, library, market, and restaurants of Fairhaven.

For more information please visit our web site.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Not relevant

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 12
  • Additional Comments: will become community property

    12 units

    a unique collabrative, hybrid model

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
  • Additional Comments: everyone has to be pre-qualified

    Each household needs to attend meetings


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • 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.
  • Additional comments: This is being decided. It will be more spontaneous.

    we will have a shared vegetable garden

Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Own Site
  • Shared common building: No (950 square feet)
  • Architect: Aiki Homes

Fair Housing Laws

Our community fits the legal definition of “housing for older persons” meaning housing occupied solely by persons 62 years of age or older; or housing in which 80% of the occupied units have at least one person 55 years of age or older, and which meet certain other requirements. Thus we may restrict membership/residency to those of a certain age and may have limits on child membership/residency in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, nationality, religion, sex/gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, creed, appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.


Bellingham WA, collabrative housing, active seniors

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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.