Tamarack Knoll Community

Last updated: November 18, 2015 (1 week ago)

Listing created on: March 23, 2006

Tamarack Knoll Community

(Fairbanks, Alaska, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Contact Name: Tamarack Knoll Community
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Visitors may be considered for invitation to dinner by advance arrangement.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No
    Community is full, at present.

Mission Statement:

Cohousing community

Community Description:

Tamarack Knoll is a rural cohousing community eight miles west of Fairbanks and two miles from the University of Alaska. We have nine resident adults and four children. The individual cabins/small homes are privately owned, and the land, commons building, and improvements are held in common through a nonprofit corporation / condominium legal structure.

We share evening meals, and have a water source at a commons building (shower, bath, washing machine, and communal kitchen). Our community is very rural, though not remote, in the boreal forest. We have gravel driveway access to the commons building, and foot trails to the individual units. We keep about 95 percent of our 80 acres in green space. We are on an extensive network of multiple-use ski and dogsledding trails.

We have some ongoing construction, but the community has been functioning since 2004. A number of us are involved in research through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; and several of us are in public service. We are active in environmental organizations, conservation, and wilderness preservation. We are very engaged in outdoor and wilderness activities.


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Common Facilities: Common House, Library, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Board of Directors

Land and Buildings

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 80 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Biofuel

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: None
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Communal cooking & chores

    Owner occupied residences

    Monthly common assessments



  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: We share weekday evening meals, prepared by residents on a rotating basis, and occassionally on weekends, as well.

    from gardening, participation in community-supported-agriculture, salmon/halibut fishing, hunting.

    We occassionally have wine with dinner.

    No resident uses tobacco.


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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Completed
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2004
  • Number of housing units: 5
  • Shared common building: Yes (1150 square feet)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

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