Formed: 2006 Established: 2012
This page last updated:4/16/2012
Bothell/Mill Creek, Washington,
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Clearwater Commons is an intergenerational residential community, with participants ranging from small children to elders. Members share an intention of living a lifestyle that sustains a balance between individual and community needs and the natural ecosystem.
Clearwater Commons began forming in June 2006 when a group of families purchased a 7.4-acre site on North Creek, 11 miles north of the Seattle, Washington, city limits. The site includes wetlands, wooded spaces, and a salmon stream. As of May 2012 there are four completed and occupied homes, a common shop and a 300sf passive guest house.
When complete the community will have 16 residences (a mix of two and three-bedroom town homes and single family residences) plus a common house. Five families currently reside here; eleven home sites are available for sale.
The physical design of the community represents our underlying values of community and low-impact development. Pedestrian walkways, community gardens, benches, shared shop, tool and storage sheds, and play spaces reflect our desire to interact with neighbors through the natural course of our days.
The inspiration for this community grew from founding members’ involvement in The Clearwater School, located across the street. Our shared experience with the school encourages us to allow the structures for community meetings, gatherings, and events to evolve through our daily interactions, rather than follow a preset or mandated framework.
We take on a responsibility to act as stewards of our land—-restoring and enhancing the natural environment, including the stream, wetlands, habitat, and wildlife. We value relationships between individuals, families, and our environment, and promote a lifestyle that will promote and sustain these relationships. We trust each family to make decisions that are aligned with our intent of sustainability and that balance individual autonomy and community needs. We expect that the specific commitments of our community will change over time, and we wish to avoid hard and fast rules. We value communication and discussion and take the time needed to voice, discuss, and understand diverse perspectives in order to reach informed and conscious decisions.
Status: Five homes completed.. Eleven home lots available for sale.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:4/16/2012
Visitor Process: Email or phone and request a visit to see our property and/or attend community meetings.
Check our website for open houses.
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):
(We strive for consensus, allowing time to understand all points of view. Use majority rule rarely if complete agreement is not possible.)
Leadership Core Group:
(Individuals or committees take on specific tasks as needed.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Expect members to contribute to our community depending on their interests, skills and time. We expect specific commitments to change over time and do not prescribe specific time commitments by members.)
(Must pay for an LLC share or purchase home unit when available.)
(Regular condominium dues and expenses, i.e. utilities, maintenance, etc.)
Land and Buildings
7.4 acres (3.0 hectares)
(Over 4 acres is protected wetland/wildlife habitat.)
Land Owned By:
(Units and building lots owned by individuals. Majority of land and common house owned by community.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Unknown. Will have large common garden space.)
Share Community Meals:
(We do not prescribe a set number of community meals, but welcome spontaneous and planned gatherings that members initiate.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Many members place high value on organic, local food.)
(Tobacco smoking is prohibited in common indoor and outdoor areas.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Each family makes their own educational choices. Many of us are associated with The Clearwater School across the road, but there is no expectation of future residents to enroll their children in that school.)
(First phase of five homes completed May 2012.)
(First phase of five homes. Eleven homes lots remaining to sell and build.)
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