Meadow Wood Cohousing Community

Bremerton, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: January 14, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Meadow Wood: “Where neighbors become friends”

Community Description

This distinctive condominium cohousing neighborhood near Bremerton, Washington, offers quality reasonably-priced living an hour away by ferry from Seattle.

Meadow Wood is reminiscent of a New England village, nestled in a gently sloping pasture, bordered by a creek, surrounded by tall trees and nature trails. Yet it is located on a bus line and is less than 10 minutes from the Bremerton and Silverdale urban centers.

The layout of the site balances a desire for personal privacy with the social dynamics of a friendly, inter-generational community. We’re dedicated to bringing out the best in each other, through active listening, mutual respect, an appreciation of differences, and honest caring. Community decisions are made by consensus. There is no single leader, no pooled income, or other required communal practices. Residents either own their units, or rent from others who do. We are committed to an equitable stewardship of the land and resources, with a commitment to uphold the dignity of each person.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2006
  • 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.mwcondo.com/
  • Contact Name: Barb Buckham
  • Phone: (360) 692-8064
  • Community Address:
    Meadow Wood Community
    7771 Beacon Place NE
    Bremerton, Washington, 98311
    United States
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About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 7 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 25
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Meadow Wood Condominium Association (MWCA)
  • Additional Comments:

    Three acres are developed; the rest is natural, including tree-rich creekside access along two property lines, open space, community garden areas, etc.

    Condominium association owns land and buildings; individuals own their units.

    There are 25 residences in 6 buildings and 1 house, along with a common house and other commonly-owned outbuildings.

    25: Includes 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units plus one single family house.

    Check our website for available rentals or resales: www.mwcondo.com

Membership

  • Adult Members: 44
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us by email or phone. We welcome visitors and guests. After receiving your request to visit, we will work together to accommodate your requests.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    All resident owner and renter adults are automatically members. Check our website for units for sale/rent: www.mwcondo.com

  • Additional Comments:

    Non-resident supporters of Meadow Wood community, or of co-housing in general, may be approved as Associate Members.

Government

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

    Board of Directors has officers for legal purposes, but our stated value is in diversity of leadership and rotating responsibilities.

    Specific responsibilities are delegated to teams: the Buildings, Grounds, Legal, Community Works, and Community Life teams, each of which has its own budget. All community members are expected to serve on at least one team.

    Board of Directors acts under consensus direction, with committee heads and other forms of leadership taking active, and revolving roles.

    The Board, community, and teams all operate by consensus, with a super-majority contingency as backup

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $396
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    A “work or pay” rule requires adults to contribute 4 hours of work or a payment of $60 per month to a Work Fund (used to hire help as needed). In addition, residents age 16 years or older are encouraged to work 4 hours per month. We hold a monthly “work party” where those who work are rewarded with a free lunch.

    Monthly condominium association dues cover various community-wide expenses, e.g. water (including hot water*), sewer, garbage, electricity, internet, building maintenance, insurance, contractor services (paving, painting, & repairs), and legal services as applicable.
    This includes a significant contribution to a Reserve Fund for future big-ticket expenses. (*Each 4-unit building is served by two commercial water heaters.)

    The 2019 average monthly assessment is $396:
    1-bedroom (2 units): $243/unit
    2-bedroom (10 units): $319/unit
    3-bedroom (6 units): $393/unit
    4-bedroom (6 units): $551/unit
    4-bedroom single family dwelling: $534

    Individual unit responsibilities cover unit interior expenses, including: electricity, natural gas (if applicable), garbage, property taxes on unit interiors, and high speed internet (optional).

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • 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: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    One dinner per week, occasional potlucks, and lunch with monthly work parties are typical.

    Have some individual garden plots and fruit trees.

    Our volunteer cooks try to be sensitive to food sensitivities among residents.

    Most community meals include meat.

    Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor spaces, as well as within individual homes.

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

Keywords

Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, Silverdale, Bartimaeus, Meadow Wood, Meadow Wood Condominium