Puget Ridge Cohousing

Seattle, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: February 2, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Urban community living

Community Description

Puget Ridge cohousing in an urban cohousing community with 23 households on 2.4 acres in West Seattle. Our units are cedar-sided duplexes and triplexes that face one another. The front porches open onto courtyards and common areas, making it easy to visit neighbors, watch children, and share our lives.

Our 4000-square-foot common house has a kitchen, living room, playroom, guest room, shop, laundry, and a wonderful outdoor patio. There is an optional meals program, with about 2 meals per weekthere.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1988
  • Start Living Together: 1994
  • 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://pugetridge.net
  • Contact Name: Puget Ridge Cohousing
  • Community Address:
    7020 18th Ave SW
    Seattle, Washington, 98106
    United States
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About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 23
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    23 units in duplexes and triplexes.

    23

Membership

  • Adult Members: 38
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Only when units are for sale or rent.

  • Additional Comments:

    Education is up to each individual family.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Work gets done through committees, work parties, and chore sign-ups.

    Homeowners dues

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Two to three meals are shared a week for the community at large.

    I don’t know a percent, but we have a beautiful and lush community garden which members eat freely from and which we use for community meals.

    Not allowed on-site.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Buddhist, Protestant, Catholic, Quaker, Rastafari
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

About fifty people, one-quarter of whom are children, live here, in twenty-three duplex and triplex units that face one another in a village-like setting. Our community members range in age from two to eighty-six years old and people work in a variety of ways in and out of the home.

We have among us a bus driver, school teachers, a stage hand, architects, social workers, health care professionals, mothers and fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents, designers, and computer professionals. Individual interests include hiking, painting, music, bike-riding, gardening, quilting, social justice, meditation, photography, and more.

We own our individual homes and share the work of maintaining the common house, preparing shared meals, and tending the land. General meetings, where decisions are made by consensus, are held once a month. Committees — such as finance, landscaping, and meals — meet as needed to attend to the work of maintaining our community.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)