Winslow Cohousing Group

Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: March 5, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Mission Statement

Cohousing village

Community Description

Winslow Cohousing is located on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, 35 minutes west of downtown Seattle by Washington State ferry. Tours are scheduled at mutually convenient times. Email Lori at [email protected] to set up a tour.

We are organized as a stock cooperative with 30 dwelling units and a common house on nearly 6 acres with woods and gardens, within walking/biking distance of schools, shops, library, and medical offices. Unit types range from studios to four bedrooms. All units are self-sufficient, with kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The group formed in 1989, started construction in 1991, and moved in early in 1992. We are a multi-generational, caring, supportive, consensus-based community, seeking to live lightly on the land, valuing participation in our community and meals together, which are available five nights a week using organic food that we grow. Our woods are in a conservation easement.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Winslow Cohousing Group
  • Phone: 206-780-1323
  • Community Address:
    353 Wallace Way NE
    Bainbridge Island, Washington, 98110-2846
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 1993
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Small Town or Village


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 5.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 30
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    The cooperative owns the land and buildings; members own coop shares in proportion to the size of a dwelling unit.

    20 attached townhouses; 10 units in two multiplexes


    First owner-developed cohousing in the U.S., tend toward the Danish model of small townhouses.


  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 16
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Tours take about an hour. Tours may be given on Saturdays at 1:30, Sundays at 4:00, and at other mutually agreed upon times. Please contact us to schedule a tour. At times, we have homes for sale – visit our website to view listings, if any.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    All welcome.

  • Additional Comments:

    We are willing to celebrate with our neighbors what they wish to share.

    Various schooling options used. Good school district offers many. Lots of private schools too.


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

    Consenus is the heart of our community. We value democracy, transparency, and shared leadership.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a value of participation, as we are member-managed.

    $125 package buys our legal documents. For serious buyers.

    Every month you receive a bill for your part of taxes, insurance, common meals, laundry, etc.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Energy sources: Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and 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: 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, Mostly Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Some eat 5 nights a week, most 2-3

    We have a thriving community garden and orchard.

    We provide a vegetarian alternative to meat-based meals.

    People make their own decisions in their home, may bring a beer or wine to common meals.

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Bainbridge Island has grown to 23,000

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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