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Beautiful home in small co-housing/community in Eugene

by Laura
Category
Community with Opening
Location
Eugene, OR
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Our small community has a 3+ bedroom home opening up in February.  Rent is $1550 and monthly utility fees are $425/month (for water, power, internet, and use of the common spaces in the house).  (There is buy-in potential after a trial period.)

Below is info about our community. If you think you may be a good fit, please send us an email telling us a little about yourself! 

Our Community Vision:

We are a small community made up of four families and one single person. We are committed to ecological living, social/racial/economic/ecological justice, supporting a diverse gender spectrum, and clear, kind communication. 

We own 1.2 acres in the city limits of Eugene, near the South/West side of town, with fruit trees, garden space, and dairy animals. We have three homes, one tiny house/ RV spot, as well as common space and a smaller dwelling for work/trade people.

Who we’re looking for:

We want to live with people who we feel connection to and enjoy spending time together. Friendly, harmonious interactions, with a commitment to work through any problems that arise are a must. 

Here are some specifics that are important to us:

  • Children:  There are 5 children currently on the property, ranging from 2 years to 8 years old. One family also does foster care for one young child (some of the time). Though all families have different parenting styles and home rules, we want shared rules for all the children regarding use of common spaces, outside area, and animal care. All adults would be committed to teaching children the “why’s” behind our shared rules and kindly reinforcing them. All our children are vaccinated. 

 

  • Gender diverse community: It is important to us that gender diversity is valued and visible, and at a minimum everyone is LGBTQ friendly and supportive. 

 

  • Responsible and reliable: We are looking for others who will help build and maintain a better living space. Meetings will be infrequent and efficient, and socializing more common.

 

  • Vision of a just society: Our world is full of problems and opportunities to make it a better place. We want to live with others who share the vision of an economically, racially, and ecologically just society. We support climate justice movements, Black Lives Matter, native rights, immigrant rights, an end to mass incarceration, and all those working for a better world. 

 

  • Commitment to climate resiliency: We want to eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels as much as possible. Bicycling, solar panels, shared electric car, local organic food, thrift store shopping, sharing stuff, and buying only what we need are important to us, as well as all the policies, regulations and funding needed to make this happen at the larger scale. 

 

  • Experience with communal living: Having some past experience of sharing spaces with others helps separate the ideals of communal living from the reality. 

 

About us:

We collectively are teachers, UofO professor (math and biology), marine biology teacher, ESL teacher, electric vehicle software engineer, craft chocolate-making warehouse manager, and water conservation non-profit sector. We are from Oregon, California, Hawaii, and Mexico.  

 

About the house:

The home is located inside our main house (which includes another home and some common rooms, set up like a duplex with common rooms in between the two homes). Hardwood floors, zero VOC paints, newly constructed and well insulated. Upstairs is the kitchen, living room, one bathroom, and a bedroom. Downstairs is two bedrooms, one bath, and a small room that could be kids room, tiny office, or storage. There are also two hall closets. (1444 square feet total). 

The Neighborhood:

  • One block from a nature area with hiking trails
  • One mile from Fern Ridge bike path that takes you downtown
  • One mile from grocery stores and taquerias
  • Half-block from a park with swings and ball field
  • 15 minute walk to a few restaurants
  • In the Churchill Neighborhood
  • Friendly block with great neighbors

 

Community Animals

We currently have chickens, goats (very friendly and sweet!), and one small-sized dairy cow, also very sweet and friendly). We also have future plans to raise rabbits for meat, and raise meat chickens on occasion.

Communal Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

  • Large vegetable garden
  • Fruit trees with food forest understory and berry patches
  • Native plants and rain gardens
  • Half-acre pasture 
  • Climbing trees for kids (redwoods)
  • Possible future greenhouse for subtropical plants and aquaculture system

Next steps:

 

If you’re interested in this vision and project we’d love to hear from you! To start, please tell us a bit about your family, your interests, and any past experiences you’ve had with communities. 

Please send this to: [email protected]

 

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