Washington Village

Boulder, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: December 18, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: March 26, 2007

Mission Statement

Washington Village members are committed to building healthy, supportive relationships within the community.

Community Description

Washington Village is a multi-generational cohousing community built around the historic Washington Elementary School in the heart of Boulder, CO. It has 36 private residences, and 2 commercial units, with approximately 7,500 square feet of shared common space.

Legally, we are structured as an HOA, but residents enjoy the benefits of cohousing practices, which help us form meaningful social connections through community activities and strengthen our sense of community as we work together to maintain and improve both our property and our social well being.

Our residents share interests in art, music, movies, theater, cooking, gardening, hiking, playing games, and helping kids grow.

We are fortunate to live in a beautiful place that includes a large community kitchen, dining, two guest rooms, living and exercise areas, as well as community gardens, courtyards, a pocket park, a wood shop & bike repair, library, fireside lounge, large space for arts & crafts and other amenities. Our city offers a quality of life not found anywhere else, “it’s a city whose culture promotes healthy living practices, attracts active families and entrepreneurs.”

About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 36
  • Planned number of residences: 36
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Washington Village is a cohousing community located in heart of Boulder, Colorado. The development includes the historic Washington Elementary School built in 1903, and 12 other buildings of different types.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 60
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Send email to make arrangements to tour the property and learn more about how our community works.
    Our guest rooms are only available to friends and family of our community members.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    The developer has only one unit left to sell.
    Membership begins with meeting members of the community. Contact us if you want to be on a waiting list to be notified when units are available for purchase in the future. Given our location, market-rate units start at $820,000 (per 2018 market rates). Lower priced units may become available through Boulder’s Affordable Housing Program. However, you must first be qualified by that program. See https://bouldercolorado.gov/homeownership for more information.

  • Additional Comments:

    Some units are rented at the discretion of their owners. We encourage renters to participate in community activities.
    Part-time residency makes it difficult for owners to participate in community operations and activities.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We are legally organized as an HOA, but operate as a cohousing community. Dues are based on square footage.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Additional Comments:

    HOA dues are calculated based on square footage, and are roughly $250-300 per 1000 square feet (SF) per month.

    Of the 36 units at Washington Village, 10 are deed restricted under Boulder’s Affordable Housing Program. To learn more about the program please visit: https://bouldercolorado.gov/homeownership.

Sustainability Practices

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

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Kosher, Dairy-Free, 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:

    Diets vary widely among the members. Tobacco and marijuana use is restricted to units, when permitted by owners.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Members are expected to provide for their own major healthcare needs.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Wild Sage, Silver Sage, Nomad, & Nyland

Community Affiliations

Silver Sage, Wild Sage, Nomad, Nyland

Keywords

Central Boulder, sustainability, cohousing, historic, multi-generational, active urban lifestyle