Duwamish Cohousing

Seattle, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: November 27, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: October 18, 2004

Mission Statement

Sharing Neighbors

Community Description

Duwamish Cohousing (formerly Ciel Cohousing) is an urban cohousing community in West Seattle, about 10 minutes from downtown. We moved into our homes in June 2000. Our neighborhood is primarily made up of fully equipped duplex townhomes owned as condominiums and generous common facilities including large kitchen and dining spaces; two indoor and two outdoor child play areas; a woodshop; a craft studio; a laundry; an office; a sunroom/living room; sunny decks and patios; native plant landscaping; and several community gardens. Our homes line pedestrian pathways and courtyards that are all handicapped accessible. Our 2.7 acres of land are located in a multicultural neighborhood. Some of our values include working cooperatively with our surrounding neighbors, using consensus, resolving conflicts using Restorative Justice, sharing work and social activities, environmental preservation, and building support and neighborliness among ourselves.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1996
  • Start Living Together: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.duwamish.net/
  • Contact Name: Duwamish Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    6000 17th Ave SW #24
    Seattle, Washington, 98106
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Urban


  • Area: 2.7 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 23
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:



  • Adult Members: 52
  • Child Members: 20
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact the Outreach committee at [email protected] to set up a tour or attend a dinner.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    The members of this community are comprised of past and present home owners and renters. If you are interested in living here, contact [email protected] and set up a tour. During the tour you will find if there are any houses available. If you end up buying or renting a house, we request that you attend a business meeting, a social event and an interview. We would also like you to write a statement introducing yourself and send it out the the business email list. Anyone is welcome to come for a tour, a planned meal or a business meeting. We also welcome anyone to a work party. Work parties are a great way to get to know the people who live here and we always welcome help maintaining our beautiful grounds.

  • Additional Comments:

    Multiple options chosen by individuals


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    regular participation in committee work plus community work days once a month

    monthly assessments paid based primarily on home size

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), 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, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    small gardens and an orchards

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)