Cantine’s Island Cohousing
Saugerties, New York, United States
- Last updated: May 30, 2018 (1 second ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Balancing Privacy & Community, sharing resources, being good stewards of our land, living harmoniously with each other. Family friendly.
We have homes for sale in the community for new members. Cohousing embodies an ideology of sharing, balanced with respect for privacy. We are egalitarian, tolerant, and open to alternative lifestyles. Only a few of us are vegetarians, but any food preferences may be accommodated at community meals (cook’s choice).
See our Facebook page for more pictures and for a flavor of life in the community.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1990
- Start Living Together: 1997
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.cantinesislandcohousing.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cantinesisland/
- Contact Name: Cantine’s Island Cohousing
- Phone: 914-715-1707
- Community Address:
1 Cantine’s Island Lane
Saugerties, New York, 12477
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Location: Small Town or Village
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Additional Comments:
Proposals are brought to the Homeowners’ Assn. meetings by committees. Officers of the HOA are elected yearly.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $140
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Additional Comments:
All members are expected to contribute work to the upkeep of the community, but no quota of hours is specified. There are a wide variety of types of work that are needed to maintain the community, from mowing grass to roles in managing finance.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
- Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Boathouse, storage, workshops, picnic area by the water that is suitable for large, outdoor music parties, parking lot.
- 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), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Sometimes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Our vegetable garden provides some percentage of our food in season, and we occasionally preserve some of the harvest. We can’t be Kosher or Halal in the Common House kitchen, but if people want to follow these practices at home that’s fine.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
- Additional Comments:
Some community members follow religious practices of various types, as would normally be expected, and we respect each other’s ways. We do observe some holidays in the Common House, but try to do so in a way that’s respectful of the fact that others don’t celebrate those holidays.
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US
Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Esopus Creek Conservancy, Saugerties Historical Society, Saugerties Public Library, River Keeper
Hudson Valley, family-friendly, shared organic gardens, commons, good land use