Last updated: February 20, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: September 10, 2008

Sawyer Hill EcoVillage

(Berlin, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2006  Established: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.sawyerhill.org
  • Phone: 978-415-9666
  • Address:
    100 Village Ct.
    Berlin, Massachusetts, 1503
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please contact us by email or phone.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

green cohousing

Community Description:

Sawyer Hill EcoVillage in Berlin, Massachusetts, is a joint development of two cohousing groups: Camelot Cohousing and Mosaic Commons. Our beautiful 65-acre site near Worcester, Massachusetts, is home to two neighborhoods, each with 34 homes plus common house and gardens, and also 25-plus acres of deeded conservation land.

The community is close to full. We have sold over 80% of our homes, but we do still have several homes (one, two, three, and four bedrooms) for sale, both market rate and specially priced affordable homes for income-qualified buyers. We welcome all community-minded folks, and we strive for diversity in religion, race, family size, age, sexual orientation, gender, personal interests, educational philosophies, and political persuasion.

For details see directory listings for Camelot Cohousing and Mosaic Commons separately.

Population

  • Adult Members: 150
  • Child Members: 40
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Government

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Suburban
  • Area: 65 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 68
  • Additional Comments: 25 acres in conservation

    68 homes (mostly in duplexes and triplexes)

    68 (34 in each of two cohousing neighborhoods)

    2 common houses

    2 distinct cohousing communities in the development

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: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: home purchase

    home owner assoc. fees

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • 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: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: large community garden

    shared meals will generally include vegetarian options

    smoking prohibited in community buildings

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Mosaic Commons, Camelot Cohousing

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.