Forming Formed: 2004 Established: 2004
This page last updated:2/19/2013
Port Townsend EcoVillage
Port Townsend, Washington,
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Do you want to walk, bike or bus to beaches, a food co-op, and the heart of a cultural and historic small town? Do you want to live in a community of people dedicated to living in harmony with each other and with the earth?
We are a small-town, urban EcoVillage on 7.5 acres in Port Townsend, an historic seaport of 8,500 residents. We have a core group of a 23 active participants: 19 people, including 3 children, live on site now, with other members nearby. After several years laying the groundwork and putting in infrastructure, we are flourishing and still growing!
Two of the twelve 4,000 sqare-foot lots for homebuilding are currently available for sale, and rental units occasionally open up for new occupants.
Residents share ample common gardens, fields, woods, a large 3,600 square foot shop/art center. We have ample food gardens, and will build a common house once we have more members. We plan to use 3 acres of our best land for food production using permaculture and organic methods, and to develop additional cottage industries. We embrace and seek diversity and especially welcome families with children.
Structured as a Home Owners Association, our members own their own lots and the homes they build on them, and thus have access to mortgages, federal tax deductions and tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
The lots cost $110,000. To keep the EcoVillage as affordable as possible, we offer some discounts and partial financing with a contract at 3% per year for those who qualify. This does not include the cost of a dwelling.
We offer tours once a month prior to our monthly business meeting on a Sunday afternoons, and can sometimes arrange for a tour on another date. Call us to arrange a visit!
Former/Other Names: PTEcoVillage
This page last updated:2/19/2013
(Yes, by all means!)
Visitor Process: See our website, then contact us by email or phone.
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
:: Fellowship for Intentional Community
:: Northwest Intentional Communities Association
:: GEN - Global Ecovillage Network
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):
Open to new members:
(Formal Consensus by C. T. Butler.)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Some assessments adjusted according to need.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Minimum 10 hrs/month but most do more. Flexibility for families.)
(Lot purchase required, plus cost of building a small dwelling. Partial financing available to those who qualify.)
(To cover taxes, maintenance, insurance, utilities, etc. Currently covered by rental income.)
Land and Buildings
(Historic seaport, pop. 8,500, many artistic events.)
7.5 acres (3.0 hectares)
(Mostly open fields, some forest.)
Land Owned By:
(Members own their own home and lot, and collectively own most of the rest of the land as a Home Owners Association)
Number of Residences:
(5 dwelling units now, with total of 13 or so total planned.)
(BUT, with more ecological intentionality and requirements than most co-housing communities.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We hope to grow more as we expand.)
Share Community Meals:
(Plus twice a month, will likely increase when we build a common house.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Community-wide meals are mostly organic and vegetarian.)
(Prohibited in buildings, allowed outdoors only in designated sites.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(No specific shared path, although members embrace many spiritual traditions and collectively celebrate the seasons of nature.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(Eclectic and Deep Ecology)
(Up to the parents.)
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