Fort Awesome

Middletown, Connecticut, United States

  • Last updated: January 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 22, 2012

Mission Statement

Freegan-ish Micro-Community

Community Description

Fort Awesome is a micro intentional community. Right now we exist in the form of a large three person apartment in Middletown, CT. We hope to expand soon into the two other apartments located on the bottom floor of the three family house where we reside, and later to possibly purchase property. Our home uses a highly structured environment in an attempt to create maximum efficiency with resources, excellent communication, and personal accountability. Our values focus on environmental sustainability, consensus-based egalitarianism, non-traditional family structure, and the creation of a safe space. Dan and Ari, the founding members, are queer-friendly, child-free, progressive, in our early 30’s, geeky, largely freegan, academic, and we have a pet dove named Juniper.

PLEASE NOTE: The earliest we will be potentially seeking a new community member is Spring 2016, and our current third roommate has expressed an interest to stay here for a few years. We are unlikely to have vacancy in the interim. Please contact AriKubie if you’re interested in scheduling a tour and interview.


“I lived in this home for two years and was happy and comfortable from start to finish. The bedroom is spacious, well lit, and comfortable. There is ample storage space in the attic, and plenty of room in the kitchen and bathroom. Dan and Ari are fun, yet responsible, making them easy to live with. The apartment is large enough so you have a sense of privacy. It is not cramped. The house is clean and well-kept. The division of household chores is fair and clearly defined. I found it very easy to keep up with the simple chores and never felt burdened.”
-Stephanie Elliott-Prieto, former roommate

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Contact Name: Dan Barry & Ari Kubie
  • Community Address:
    88 High St.
    Middletown, Connecticut, 06457
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Suburban


  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    A large back yard is shared with other residents.

    We rent from a lovely elderly Italian couple.

    We have the top two floors, atic, and garage of a three family home.

    We only reside in a single apartment so far, but hope to expand to the two downstairs units soon.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Dan & Ari are Buddhist, but you need not be.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Housework is formally divided.

    Housing is treated as a sublet.

    Rent, utilities, and some sundry expenses are required.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We dumpster dive as well.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist

Additional Comments

College community.

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