Formed: 1989 Established: 1992
This page last updated:12/10/2012
Winslow Cohousing Group
Bainbridge Island, Washington,
(35-minute ferry ride from Seattle)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 an intergenerational, 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. Our forest is in a conservation easement. We have started an electric car co-op. We are exploring going solar.
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This page last updated:12/10/2012
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. We have homes for sale - visit our website www.winslowcohousing.org to check them out.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(Partners of members may or may not be members.)
Open to new members:
(Consenus is the heart of our community. We value democracy, transparency, and shared leadership.)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(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.)
Land and Buildings
(Bainbridge Island has grown to 23,000)
5.5 acres (2.2 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(The cooperative owns the land and buildings; members own coop shares in proportion to the size of a dwelling unit.)
Number of Residences:
(20 attached townhouses; 10 units in two multiplexes)
(First owner-developed cohousing in the U.S., tend toward the Danish model of small townhouses.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We have a thriving community garden and orchard.)
Share Community Meals:
(Some eat 5 nights a week, most 2-3)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(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.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(We are willing to celebrate with our neighbors what they wish to share.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
:: Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
(Various schooling options used. Good school district offers many. Lots of private schools too.)
Square Feet in Common House:
We acted as our own developer with consulting help.
Local credit union, then National Co-op Bank.
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