PDX Commons

Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: September 13, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 10, 2013

Mission Statement

Proactive adults living in a collaborative, sharing, loving community where our goal is to generate a rich experience for everyone for the next third of our lives.

Community Description

PDX Commons is an urban cohousing condominium development in one of Portland’s great neighborhoods. This is a four-story new building situated around an enclosed garden courtyard and common house. There are 27 units (1, 2 and 3 bedrooms) ranging from 650-1250 square feet. The neighborhood includes grocery stores, trendy shops, popular restaurants, music venues and brewpubs. It’s the ultimate in walkability (95 Walk Score). We sit directly on the #15 bus line for excellent public transit. The Sunnyside Belmont neighborhood is a vibrant, dynamic place in the inner heart of Portland, constantly rated as one of the most livable cities in the US. Designed for active adults, we are a 55+ community. The units and building are designed for age-in-place and age-in-community. Many of our Commoners still work in their professions but are close to retirement. We are teachers, nurses, therapists, doctors, lawyers, developers, financial expert, consultants, environmental specialists with an international sommelier to sort out our wine choices. We are generally liberal leaning (as one might expect in Portland) though it is certainly not a requirement. Members began moving into the building in July, 2017. The project is currently sold out. A waiting list is available. Come check us out. pdxcommons.com
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2013
  • Start Living Together: 2017
  • 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://pdxcommons.com
  • Contact Name: Jim Swenson
  • Phone: 503-740-2179
  • Community Address:
    4262 SE Belmont Street, Office
    Portland, Oregon, 97214
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 27
  • Planned number of residences: 27
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    5000 sq ft of common space, Great House dining room & kitchen, separate living room and lounge, media theater, exercise, craft and tool rooms. Off street parking and bicycle room. Roof top party deck and gardens.


  • Adult Members: 39
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visit website at www.pdxcommons.com for latest information on contacts and visits.

  • Membership Process:

    Project is currently sold out. A waiting list is maintained for persons interested in buying a condo unit when one becomes available for sale.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Jewish, Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are urban dwellers, who love the energy of the city and its rich cultural and entertainment resources. Our site has unrivaled public transportation connections to the downtown, river, parks, and entertainment and shopping venues. We walk the walk of living green on the Earth.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


Portland, Oregon, senior cohousing, progressive, urban access