Ashland Cohousing Community

Ashland, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: February 12, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Mission Statement

sustainable, affordable, caring about one another

Community Description

A community of 13 townhomes existing since 2007. The property includes a “common house” and garden. The homes are passive solar and have other green building features. The members acted as their own developer, entailing considerable commitment of time and money. Homes are affordable for our area.

Located one mile from downtown Ashland near parks, schools, and a bike path, this is in-town housing in a small town. We have several families with young children, as well as single and older members. Biographies are available on our website, along with a values statement and other tidbits.

Homes range from one to four bedrooms and all have small private yards. All homes have many south-facing windows, passive ventilation, radiant heat, and superior insulation, and they qualify for Earth Advantage, our local sustainable building certification.

We worked on this project for four and a half years. Since we acted as our own developer, all members contributed substantial time to the project. We practice facilitation and group process skills and are committed to clean communications, caring about each other, and having fun.

As a small community, we place a premium on getting to know people before they become members. In the event a home goes up for sale, we maintain a list of interested buyers for sellers to use.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Ashland Cohousing Community
  • Phone: 541-488-1171
  • Community Address:
    1230 Calypso Ct.
    Ashland, Oregon, 97520
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1.3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:



  • Adult Members: 17
  • Child Members: 14
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email or call and we would love to invite you to a meal, meeting, or a social. We welcome visitors. We are eager to compile a wait-list of people interested as houses come up for sale or rent.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Consideration for off-site members, and wait list maintained for future house sales.

  • Additional Comments:

    no common spiritual path

    Individual choice; home school support center in walking distance, as well as other very good schools nearby


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Please inquire within


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    home purchase, HOA fees

    monthly dues: HOA dues and monthly

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    vegetarian options always available

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Jewish, Atheist, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We do live in an area that has a particulalry high rate of unvaccinated children.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Moved in Aug 2007. At least where we ought to be in the evolution of a cohousing community, if not a little ahead. We have an unusually high level of participation. Gender balance tipped towards women. More children than a typical cohousing community.

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