Sunset House

Seattle, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: June 5, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: November 1, 2004

Mission Statement

The principles of Sunset House are to steward our house responsibly, keeping it beautiful, safe, and well-maintained; to build strong relations with each other, formally, and informally; to cultivate an intentional community of mutual aid, generosity, and laughter; to create a household that feels alive, full, active, and welcoming, strengthening the web of family, friends, and extended community; and to support environmental and social change by practicing what we preach, encouraging each other in this work, and supporting other groups in these efforts.

Evergreen Land Trust’s mission is to take land and housing out of the marketplace to promote community development in harmony with the environment.

Community Description

Sunset House is an intentional community that is affiliated with the Evergreen Land Trust. We live in a six-bedroom purple house in the Central District of Seattle, near a food co-op and Seattle University. We are socially conscious, kind artists, activists, organizers, and/or nonprofit workers living out progressive, engaged, and enthusiastic lives. We share a commitment to positive social change, keeping our home beautiful, and cooperative living.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1969
  • Start Living Together: 1978
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://evergreenlandtrust.org/
  • Contact Name: Sunset House
  • Community Address:
    915 16th Ave
    Seattle, Washington, 98122
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust

Membership

  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 11-20%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Email us with a little bit about yourself

  • Open to new Members: No

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $715
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Each member pays monthly dues which are used to steward the property and pay for food.

    Each member participates in chores, meetings, cooks house dinner three times a month, and a monthly house work party.

    Only in the form of room and board.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Hydro-Electric, Connected to the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s)
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We try to be aware of everyone’s needs when planning shared meals. Alcohol, desserts, and other non-essential foods are not part of the food share.

    We have one vegetarian, but members may eat whatever they like.

    Smokers are allowed to smoke only on the back porch.

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Community Affiliations

Walker Creek Community, Sherwood Co-op, River Farm, PRAG House, WOW House, PRAG Tree Farm

Keywords

Seattle, Central District, consensus