Putney, Vermont, United States
- Last updated: March 1, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: May 6, 2006
We are creating a small, cooperative neighborhood of diverse individuals, sharing friendship and support while living independently in an ecologically responsible community, making decisions through consensus.
The latest home to be built is a Unity modular home which fits right in with the original homes.
A new builder/member may design their own home and select a contractor and architect, if needed, of their own choosing. The size and design require Association approval.
New members must be able to finance the building of their own homes.
The original houses are single-story, built on slabs, super-insulated with a Five Plus Star Energy rating, 1100 to 1500 sq. ft. and south facing. Each home includes a garage and storage unit. The interior designs vary greatly based on owner designed preferences. Four houses have photo voltaic panels; one household has a subscription to a local solar farm.
We share a vision for being good stewards of the land, and supporting one another in living greener and healthier lifestyles.
Members meet monthly to discuss business and living concerns using consensus decision making. Individuals are e involved in varied activities in Putney and nearby Brattleboro. We plan times to be together to enjoy pot luck dinners and occasional work days.
There is a $175 monthly owner’s association fee.
Our almost twelve acres of land are secluded and private. We enjoy being within walking distance of medical offices, post office, bank, restaurants, library, food coop, as well as close to many rich cultural offerings. Putney village is a “transition town,” a movement to vitalize community response to the need for local sustainable living.
See: transitionputney.com, iputney.com,
sandglasstheatre.com, yellowbarn.org, and putneycrafttour.com
Acreage includes fields, woodlands, vegetable garden, and walking trails. The Connecticut River and Putney Mountain offer hikers, bikers, rowers, kayakers, and swimmers many opportunities for enjoyment. There are several private schools and a college nearby. Many community based events are held throughout the year. The food co-op is one of the oldest cooperatives in the country and a center of the town.
We are located just off US Rte 5, via exit 4 off I-91, ten miles north of Brattleboro.
Interested? Contact us by email or phone and then plan to meet with us.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2003
- Start Living Together: 2008
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.putneycommonsvt.com
- Contact Name: Elizabeth Christie
- Phone: 802-387-5464
- Community Address:
6-3 Putney Commons Way
PO Box 636
Putney, Vermont, 05346
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Additional Comments:
We have designated officers and we work by consensus.
- Join Fee: $75000
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $175
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: No
- Additional Comments:
Monthly business meetings.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Energy sources: Solar
- Common Facilities: Garden(s)
- Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: Rarely
- 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: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Potlucks often include neighbors
Large community garden began summer 2009
Seasonal farmer’s market walking distance, local farmer’s CSAs, food coop; eight restaurants /eateries within walking distance.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
- Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US
Building sites, house for sale