Vashon Cohousing

Vashon, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: September 1, 2017 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: October 10, 2004

Mission Statement

Cohousing community

Community Description

We are a cohousing community of 19 families occupying 18 detached residences (17 single-family units and 1 duplex). We are located a quarter mile from the Vashon town center. Vashon is an island in Puget Sound, and is about 40 minutes (by a combined bus or car and ferry trip) from downtown Seattle.

We enjoy organic gardening, spontaneous potlucks and gatherings, commemorating our twenty-five year history, and tending our beautiful 13 acres.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Vashon Cohousing
  • Phone: 206-370-9812
  • Community Address:
    10421 SW Bank Rd #20
    Vashon, Washington, 98070
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Area: 12.8 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 18
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 32
  • Child Members: 9
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    To arrange a visit, contact Mela Bredouw at the email address given above (please give at least a week’s notice).

  • Membership Process:

    Before purchasing a home here, we ask that interested people come to at least three community meetings, attend work parties and committee meetings, and take the time to get to know us here and understand what would be expected of you were you to buy a home here.

  • Additional Comments:

    13 of our houses are market-rate; 5 are subsidized for first-time homebuyers of moderate- to low-income status (King County threshold).


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $90.00
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    3 hour/month work party in addition to at least one committee assignment

    Monthly dues are currently $90/unit

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale 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: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • 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.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

In 1992 the first house was moved on to our property; in 2000, the last house was built.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association


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