Eno Commons

Durham, North Carolina, United States

  • Last updated: January 29, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Mission Statement

Being a good neighbor

Community Description

Eno Commons is a community of 22 houses clustered together on 11 acres in Durham, North Carolina. Our homes are either 1483 or 1974 square feet, with passive solar design and energy efficient geo-thermal heating and cooling. Homes are individually owned, but we share a common house (and common meals once or twice a week), a workshop, a playground, an organic vegetable garden, and lots of green space. We have neighbors at a variety of ages and stages, with lots of opportunity for socializing, project work, and community building.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1992
  • Start Living Together: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Website address: http://www.enocommons.org/
  • Contact Name: Eno Commons


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 11.2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 22
  • Planned number of residences: 22
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: plat are owned by members, common land, structures by community
  • Additional Comments:

    Includes a Common House and barn(workshop)

    The homeowner’s association (HOA) owns the common land with private ownership for lots and houses. Common land is about 9 of our 11.24 acres. The HOA also owns the Common House and a workshop.

    There are two house types: 11 House A/1483 sq ft and 11 House B/1974 sq ft.


    Downstairs: 1875 sq ft, Upstairs: 515 sq ft; Upstairs has one guest bedroom


  • Adult Members: 36
  • Child Members: 16
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We generally do tours on Community Dayz (community work days which occur about every 6 to 8 weeks). Please email [email protected] to arrange a tour.

  • Membership Process:

    membership comes with ownership of house.

  • Additional Comments:

    There are kids who go to public school while others go to private school.


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

    a collaborative approach based on communicating openly


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $110
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We do not review finances. If you need a mortgage to buy a house, the bank will determine if you are credit worthy.

    Members are expected to contribute to the work of maintaining and building the community. There is a committee to help match your skills/desires/availability to the needs of the community.

    Members pay $110/mo HOA dues which are used for maintenance of common property and other items that the group decides upon.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal, Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop
  • 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), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, 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: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Every Sunday and Tuesday and occasional other meals as well’

    organic community garden supplements community and individual meals

    vegetarian option at all community meals

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are within city limits so we have city water/sewer/garbage but we have rural feel. We are walking distance from the Eno River State Park.

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