Mason Street Townhome community

Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: July 31, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 4, 2018

Mission Statement

Our Vision:
Mason Street Townhomes is a co-operatively governed community where a multi-generational group of friends lives simply, and where design, decision-making and day-to-day actions reflect shared values.

Our Values:
We commit to:
• Respect and care for other people and the earth.
• Appreciate the value each person brings to the community.
• Cooperate in decision-making and conflict resolution.
• Respect privacy, individual choice and diversity of opinion.
• Encourage personal and community growth and service.
• Connect to the larger community of neighborhood, city and region.

Our Mission:
To foster these values, we will:
• Support one another in simplifying our lives, so we can focus on what we value most and consume fewer resources.
• Participate in nurturing and mentoring children, helping them become active members of the community.
• Encourage spontaneous fun and establish traditions that create a sense of place and community.
• Share materials, knowledge and skills, to benefit one another and the community.
• Create opportunities to learn from and with one another.
• Ensure residents’ privacy and autonomy in their homes and yards.
• Share equitably in maintaining and managing common buildings and grounds.
• Ensure that our processes of governance leave ample time for members to engage with family and friends, and in broader civic life.
• Welcome visits from others interested in learning from our experience.

Community Description

Developed by Orange Splot LLC, the Mason St. Townhomes is a 14-home condominium community. This development retains one existing home and adds 13 more around an internal courtyard near the intersection of NE Mason Street & NE Cully Blvd. It includes a common house with kitchen, gathering space, and guest bedroom suite. Also, 3 of the homes will be permanently affordable through a partnership with the City of Portland and local community land trust.

Each home will has a sizeable covered porch, raised garden/planting bed, and small private yard area. Design of the site and its common amenities is intended to facilitate community building and interaction among residents. Shared amenities include:

A common building with small kitchen for social gatherings, food processing projects, movie nights, and more;
A central courtyard where children can play and grown-ups can socialize;
A guesthouse for friends and family who come to visit;
Secure indoor & outdoor areas for bike parking, and gardening/landscaping tools; and
Beautiful metal and stained glass art in gable ends and custom window shade trellises

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2018
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Community Address:
    5842 NE Mason St.
    Portland, Oregon, 97218
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.58 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Townhomes
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 0
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact our real estate broker Amber Turner at 503-804-1261 or [email protected] Alternatively, contact Eli Spevak at the e-mail address in this community listing.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Tour the property and contact agent or developer for additional details. Once units start to sell, we’ll hold informal gatherings for buyers to meet one another and for prospective buyers to meet those who have already reserved homes.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Bike storage rooms (2), central courtyard with patio
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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