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Room for Rent in Existing Community
Columbia EcovillagePortland , Oregon
Posted On 1/29/2012, Last Updated On 2/10/2012
Curious about cohousing but not ready to buy? Unique rental opportunity in shared condo.
I live in a 3bd 2ba ground floor unit and am looking for a couple (or single individual) to rent the 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The unit was remodeled 3yrs ago using eco-friendly paint, countertops, wood floor and cabinetry. Windows are energy efficient and insulation was added to the walls before new siding was installed. Asking $900/mo. This does include a storage space in a separate building and a parking space. Electric and internet is extra; average is $78/mo split equally amongst the three/two of us.
We are 52 adults, 9 children, 12 cats, 3 dogs, 31 chickens and myriad bees living on 3.7 acres amongst hazelnut, walnut, plum, cherry, fig and persimmon trees; raspberries, blackberries, elderberries, grapes, more vegetables (all started in our greenhouse from seed) than you can shake a stick at, perennial herbs and more. Our water for the garden is collected from the roof of our original 1912 farmhouse (which provides space for community meals and guest stays) and is held in a series of 5000 gallon cisterns. Not only do we share the workload of our land stewarding project, but we enjoy offering each other the support they might need to stay ahead of the challenges life inevitably brings. We have a community craft room, laundry room, root cellar, garage and movie room. The atmosphere is friendly and warm.
You must have interest in community living, ability to give 8hrs work per month and be active on one team (landscape, food, maintenance, chicken, children’s to name a few). Additionally, you very likely have a caring, trustworthy personality; like the idea of sharing tools, skills and ideas; have desire to grow and eat you own food; have a habit of listening well and seeing the glass half full.
I am female, like being social but need time alone to refuel my jets; express my creativity in the kitchen; make time for hiking, biking, back-packing and cross country skiing; have a particular curiosity for things related to health and healing; communicate with a very open, direct style and love to share fermented food experiments.
Contact: LoriEmail Address: Web Address: http://columbiaecovillage.org
Home for Sale in Existing Community
Columbia EcovillagePortland , Oregon
Posted On 9/22/2011, Last Updated On 10/17/2011
2-Bedroom / 1 Bath Unit for Sale
Enjoy living on 3.73 acres with extensive gardens, native plants, fruit and nut trees, berries, rainwater cisterns, beehives and chickens. Common space includes a 1912 farm house with kitchen, gathering spaces, dining areas, play room, guest rooms, food storage, and outdoor deck. On-site parking and enclosed bike parking. Storage building with 4’x8’ closet for this unit . Child-friendly community with play equipment, play room, tree house, and lots of caring adults.
First-floor unit, 788 S.F. with maple floors. Off-street location. Main room and patio, kitchen and dining area looking onto a lovely courtyard garden. Bedroom windows overlook community gardens. Very easy to heat, green features include increased insulation, double-paned low-E fiberglass windows, and low-VOC paint. Appliances include ceramic cook-top stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and filtered water with instant hot spout. Cherry cabinets with granite countertops in kitchen, with additional built-in window seat storage in dining area.
On 2 frequent service bus routes with library, theater, shopping and other amenities close by.
Community requirements include membership on a team and 8 community participation hours per month per adult. Opportunities for participation include gardening, cooking, cleaning and maintenance of community properties. HOA Dues are currently $206 per month and include water, garbage and recycling pick up.
Available at $255,000.
Contact: Stacy or JefEmail Address: Web Address: http://columbiaecovillage.org Phone: 503-309-1479
Home for Rent in Existing Community
Om GardensMyrtle Creek , Oregon
Posted On 9/6/2011, Last Updated On 9/6/2011
Hello out there. I am currently looking for a nice couple or single woman with child to rent my space here at Om Gardens Sanctuary.
My place is a two story bedroom, full bath & office. Kitchen is in Main House only a few footsteps away. $450 plus utilities ($150 range). 10 acres, 1/3 well manicured beautiful tree garden, outdoor Yoga space, entertainment art room, 4 industrial greenhouses and more. Very peaceful.
If you are interested, please call or email me and I will send pictures and explain details. In the meantime, check out the archived months in our blog: http://omgardens.blogspot.com
Contact: Matthew "Mato" GucuEmail Address: Web Address: http://omgardens.blogspot.com Phone: 7023391765
Home for Rent in Existing Community
Seattle Southside Urban Farm Home AvailableSeattle , Washington
Posted On 9/3/2011, Last Updated On 9/3/2011
In May I purchased the lot next door to mine, adding another 8000 sq ft of land and another house to my little southend slice of farm/garden home.
I am now at the tail end of remodeling and am looking to add more people to the mix!
The place will be available October 1st!
The rent will be 1100 (for the "apartment" version) or 1350 for the whole house. Utilities are separate. Pets are negotiable. Available on October 1st.
The new house next door to mine, has two bedrooms upstairs, wood floors, living room with a fireplace, kitchen and bathroom. This is the basic plan for all the homes on this block: they are modest 50's "war boxes". There is also a basement that includes is a den/craft room and a laundry room. The whole house rental would also include a large basement rec/office room. The "apartment" version would not include it and there is a separate basement entrance for that area. There are points for discussion about this room and possibilities really depend on a conversation with potential people.
The location is a walkable few blocks south of Othello Light Rail Station and Park in the heart of the valley between Rainier and MLK. Columbia City and its wonderful retail core are a light rail station north. My almost daily haunt and the the wonder that is Seward Park, as well as our local PCC are less than 2 miles up the lake and there is Pritchard swimming beach even closer. Nearby Rainier Beach high school has a track and there are tennis courts in another park 2 blocks away. The amazing Kubota Garden is truly the southends best kept secret and it is walkable as well.
I have been here 7 years (and 11 in the neighborhood) and I have spent time developing my lot in terms of garden and outdoor living... I love to garden and came to it first in terms of feeding myself, the stress relief, being healthy and being part of the amazing joy and education of the cycle of life. I worked on a Community Supported Agriculture farm for a couple years so this gave me more experience as well. When I arrived it was a bit of a blank slate but the bounty now is delicious and plentiful. Here is a short list of what was available for my table yesterday: tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, parsley, squash, onions, shallots, garlic, herbs, raspberries, blueberries, figs, plums, apples, blackberries. I also care about landscape design and beauty.. ornamentals, trees, and perennials/flowers... and am always adding and learning more on that side as well. I have a very large deck in the back and a big firepit which make for swell summer parties. I have a 10 yr old wolfdog who is a wise gentleman and a very wonderful companion for me in the hood. I also have thoughts about having chickens perhaps next season. There is a beehive on the property that a friend manages.
A bit more about me:
I am a social entrepreneur and my passion and thread that connects my life path has been community organizing and uplift... creating spaces for people to connect and broaden their vision of themselves and their surroundings. For the last 4 years I have been running a holistic fitness program in the parks for women (http://southsidebootycamp.com). Before this I founded a non profit and event called the All Nations Cup, and grew it for 5 years before passing it on to a new director (this is a 3 weekend cultural community festival that centers on a World Cup style soccer tournament featuring local teams representing the countries they came from originally). Before this my life was about the performance art/butoh dance/avant garde music world. I queer friendly (personally have been known to date on both ends of the gender spectrum, and I need true acceptance of that in my living situation). I have been involved in a progressive peer counseling community for 8 years and find this tool incredibly helpful for working on my "old stuff" and making relationships and life go so much better. Other active stuff I am into includes lake swimming, trail running, yoga, dancing, mountain/road/tour biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking.. the latest addition being paddleboarding and am always looking for more friends who share the love of being in a body. I also take where I live seriously ; ) ... what I mean is I like to be where I am ... it makes sense to me to really live here and I make the effort to reach out across the barriers and fear that a very diverse block, neighborhood, zip code can present... this enriches my life immensely and hopefully makes the world a safer, healthier, better place relationship by relationship.
I am looking for some stable, silly, practical, serious, creative, industrious, open, zestful, happy, and evolving individuals or a couple who are community minded ... and not only like the idea of what people are calling urban homesteading (i am not too happy with this term myself : )... but are ready, able and excited to participate in a practical way as well. Sorry daily users are not welcome here, but generally clean living peeps that indulge occasionally works for me.
If some or all! of this resonates with you and you are interested in seeing my little slice of life down here and chatting about the situation please email me at email@example.com and tell me a bit about yourself, your experience, your situation, your needs, and perhaps your dreams.
Contact: Jessica BreznauEmail Address:
Home for Sale in Existing Community
Cascadia Commons CohousingPortland , Oregon
Posted On 8/27/2011, Last Updated On 8/27/2011
Beautiful 2 bedroom home with 935 sq ft open floor plan with lots of natural light. Cascadia Commons is a fabulous community of 26 households, built green and nestled in acres of greenery, yet it has excellent access to urban conveniences: public transportation, shops, services, etc. Exceptional common house has child centered play areas, guest accommodations, hot tub, BBQ, movies, optional shared meals and more. $179,000. Photos and additional info at website. Contact Deborah Ham, a Licensed Oregon First Realtor and cohousing member, at 503-319-4777.
Contact: Deborah HamEmail Address: Web Address: http://cascadiacommons.com Phone: 503-319-4777
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