Port Townsend EcoVillage

Port Townsend, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: July 31, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Vision Statement: Port Townsend EcoVillage is a community of people dedicated to living in harmony with each other and with the earth, exploring together ways to live more sustainably and joyfully.

Areas of focus: permaculture, ecovillage, Non-Violent Communication, consensus, growing food, sustainability, harmony, diversity and social justice

Community Description

Do you want to walk, bike or bus to beaches, a food co-op, and the heart of a cultural and historic small town? Do you want to live in a community of people dedicated to living in harmony with each other and with the earth?

We are a small-town, multigenerational EcoVillage on 7.5 acres in Port Townsend, WA, a historic seaport of 10,000 residents. We have a core group of a 35 active participants: 25 adults and 8 children, live on site. We are flourishing and still growing with the families who joined us this past summer and the spaces that are available for more people to join.

Currently (January 2018) there is a 4-BR home for sale on one of the twelve 4,000 square-foot lots. Asking price $399K. There is also one undeveloped lot available for sale/homebuilding for $110K, which could be shared among two owners. A leased site for a tiny house is available for $300/month.

The house for sale is south facing & energy-efficient, has foot thick sculpted walls and decorative tree bodies, a “cook’s” kitchen, and a spacious entry room. Contact us for more information.

Purchase of both the undeveloped lot and house for sale includes ownership of 1/12th of 7-acres of common land/buildings with many amenities, including a large home whose rental income keeps our assessments currently at zero.

We have rental units that occasionally open up for new occupants.

Residents share ample common gardens, fields, woods, a large 3,600 square foot shop/art/recreation center. We have extensive food gardens, and are currently designing a common house we hope to begin building in 2018. We plan to use 3 acres of our best land to grow food using permaculture, restorative agriculture principles, and other organic methods, and may develop cottage industries. We embrace and seek diversity and especially welcome families with children.

We share once or twice weekly meals and celebrate solstice and other diverse earth and life cycle days together. Fun and connecting activities happen often – recent examples: crafting weekend, hula-hooping, storytelling gathering, gifting circle, food preserving.

Structured as a Home Owners Association, our members own their own lots and the homes they build on them, and thus have access to mortgages, federal tax deductions and tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. HOA members collectively own a large 2-kitchen home with 4 bedrooms and one of the lots on which there are 3 rental spots for Tiny Houses, one still available. In 2017 one lot was developed with a duplex for affordable family rental housing.

The available lot costs $110,000. This does not include the cost of a dwelling, but does include one twelfth ownership of common land and buildings.

We offer tours once a month prior to our monthly community meeting on the second Sunday of each month, and can sometimes arrange for a tour on another date. Call us to arrange a visit!

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town or Village

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 7.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on, Tiny Houses
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    Members own their own home and lot, and collectively own most of the rest of the land as a Homeowners Association. Renters fully participate in community life.

    We grew from 25 to 35 people this past year. When the remaining lot is built on, the house is sold, and all of the Tiny House renter/builders are living on site, our numbers will grow again to 42-50.

    More ecological intentionality/guidelines and resident participation than most co-housing communities. Most of the community land is fields, gardens and forest, with dwellings clustered.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 27
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    See our website, then contact us by email or phone.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Currently welcoming new members interested in purchasing the home for sale, buying a lot and building a home, especially families with children (possibly sharing the lot), or building a tiny house on a shared lot. See Membership Process on our website for further information.

  • Additional Comments:

    No specific shared spiritual path, although members embrace many spiritual traditions and collectively celebrate the seasons of nature. Eclectic and Deep Ecology.

    Education choices are up to the parents.

Government

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

    Formal Consensus by C. T. Butler.

Economics

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

    Currently our assessments are at zero, covered by rents.
    All residents are encouraged to provide a minimum of 8 hrs/month but most contribute much more. Flexibility according to need.
    Lot purchase is required, plus cost of building a small dwelling. Partial financing available to those who qualify.
    Affordable rentals via tiny homes sharing one lot and duplexes. Availability varies – contact us.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, 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), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Most common meals are vegetarian, organic, some local
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Weekly community meal, plus twice a month, will likely increase when we build a common house.
    We hope to grow more of our own food as we expand and focus.
    Community-wide meals are mostly organic and vegetarian.
    Smoking is prohibited in buildings, allowed outdoors only in designated sites.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Bikeable walkable small town surrounded by the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains. We are a community within a progressive, artistic community.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Northwest Intentional Communities Association, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)

Keywords

ecovillage, permaculture, Non-Violent Communication, cohousing, organic, multi-generational