Peninsula Park Commons

Last updated: October 13, 2014 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Peninsula Park Commons

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

Mission Statement:


Community Description:

In 1997, a group of folks first got together in a living room in North Portland and talked about what it would be like to have a shared housing situation where everyone had his or her own space but access to common outdoor and indoor spaces and amenities. We wanted the best of co-housing—fun, community, low-impact living, and shared resources—combined with the advantages of privacy and individual homeownership. Eli Spevak and Jim Labbe never let go of the idea, and in December 2002 they purchased Peninsula Park Commons, a seven-unit apartment building located in the heart of the Piedmont Neighborhood at 6325 N. Albina. In the summer of 2004 the property was converted to condominiums, and units were sold to individuals, couples, and families.

Vision and Values

Peninsula Park Commons is founded on the belief that the health and enrichment of individuals, communities, and the places in which they exist are inextricably linked. In being a part of the Commons, we are striving to establish a cooperatively governed community where a diverse group of people will share physical and social space, and where the development, decision-making, and day-to-day operations of the community reflect our core shared values.


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


  • Area: 0.3 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: condominium ownership structure

    Renovation of 1938 building completed in 2004; new construction adding 3 homes plus bike barn and guest house completed in 2008


    Plus 250 sq ft for guest house and 400 for bike barn


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: As a small community, we cannot always accommodate interested visitors and prospective buyers with individual tours. However, feel free to email us and let us know that you would like to stop by.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: There is no “membership” – this cohousing project operates much like condominiums, where individual units occasionally come up for sale. We let prospective buyers know about our project history, background, norms of communication and the like.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: condo HOA dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Active courtyard garden
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

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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.