Tamarack Knoll Community

Last updated: October 16, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: March 23, 2006

Tamarack Knoll Community

(Fairbanks, Alaska, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2002  Established: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Contact Name: Tamarack Knoll Community
  • Address:
    attention William Walters
    93 Roxie Road
    Fairbanks, Alaska, 99709
    United States
  • 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: 13
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Board of Directors

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 80 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 6
  • Additional Comments: 6

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Communal cooking & chores

    Owner occupied residences

    Monthly common assessments


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • 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: 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
  • Shared common building: No (1150 square feet)
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