Little River Tenancy in Common

Port Angeles, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: October 8, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 18, 2010

Mission Statement

Land stewardship

Community Description

We are currently 6 families living on 132 acres of forested land, on the Olympic Peninsula. We founded the Tenancy in 1974, and have since granted an easement that made our property a part of our local land trust. We each live in our own homes, have both individual and shared gardens, woodlands, orchard and tiny vineyard, and we share some equipment. We see ourselves as stewards of our land, taking care of it while it takes care of us. We live next door to Olympic National Park, and the Little River runs through our property.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1974
  • Start Living Together: 1976
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Contact Name: Little River Tenancy in Common
  • Phone: 360 670 7415
  • Community Address:
    1996 Little River Rd.
    Port Angeles, Washington, 98363
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 132 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Joining member would need to purchase an existing home.


  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us ahead of time. We will invite you to attend a meeting and participate in one of our monthly workdays.

  • Additional Comments:

    Families have chosen public school and home-schooling


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


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

    One work day per month, and other various tasks as needed

    Members need to buy a share of the TIC.

    There are monthly dues.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Hydro-Electric, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Outbuilding(s)
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • 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.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual


co-op, forestry, families, sustainable