Wasatch Commons

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

  • Last updated: January 10, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Wasatch Commons is a cohousing community committed to sustainability, conservation, and connection.

Community Description

Wasatch Commons balances the traditional advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities and ongoing connections with our neighbors. Our community consists of 26 clustered townhouses located on 4.5 beautiful acres near downtown Salt Lake City. Members cooperate to maintain the land and collectively perform the common chores. Most community members own their homes; and a few homes are rented. Go to our Facebook Page to learn about availability or tours. We participate in the annual Cohousing Open House each April. New rental now available! 2 BR, 1 Bath $1200 (includes HOA). See Facebook page for photos.

About

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

Housing

  • Area: 4.3 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 26
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    Clustered Townhouses

    26

Membership

  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We sometimes allow visitors. Please contact Vicky or Hans to make arrangements, the sooner the better. We request a donation or a minimum of $20 or-whatever you think. Please clean up and put laundry in the machine before leaving. We look forward to meeting you.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We have no homes for sale as of September 2016.

  • Additional Comments:

    Each parent makes their own choice. SLC has many charter schools that many residence have chosen. Private schools are also used.

Government

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

    We are learning about Sociocracy.

Economics

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

    4 hours a month plus 1 All Community Meetings. Work is essential to the success of our community.

    HOA Fee is from $100-$195 month

Sustainability Practices

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

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, 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)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have a regular Sunday potuluck and sometimes other meals.

    We have space for organic garden plots for any family that wishes to garden. About 10 families have gardens.

    But we have some vegetarians, vegans and we try to label food to accomidate EVERYONE!

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

People interested in learning more about our community should attend our Sunday potluck dinner at 6pm or our Saturday morning café from 8:00 to 10:00. We are centrally located 10 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. We are not far from the airport.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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