We are an urban cohousing ecovillage cultivating supportive relationships with each other, the larger community, and the Earth.
We are a "green" 37-residence condominium development and cohousing community composed of private homes with full kitchens supplemented by extensive common facilities. The village is on 3.73 acres that include play areas, vineyards, extensive vegetable gardens, and mature fruit and nut trees. We are located on two frequent-service bus lines in inner northeast Portland.
Members of the community share a growing concern for the environment and a desire to live lightly upon the earth, while strengthening social ties that are lost in the rushed and hectic pace of life today.
We are all moved into our newly renovated condominiums. Our residents range in age from three months to 82 years old.
Many people contact us to inquire about internships, volunteer opportunities, or overnight stays. At this time, we do not have a volunteer program. We are only able to host personal guests of current residents, or people who are actively in the process of renting or buying an available unit. If you are interested in exploring Columbia Ecovillage as a potential new home, please join our email list, which alerts subscribers about available homes as they arise. We have scheduled tours on the first Saturday of the month. Please consult our website for the tour schedule and email list signup.
If you are a student or journalist wishing to conduct research about cohousing or ecovillages, please consult our website, which is chock full of interesting and helpful information about our community, and co-housing in general. If you have additional questions, please contact us by email with your questions, and someone from our Outreach Team may be able to accommodate with a brief interview.
Thanks for your interest!
Open to new adults:
(requires background check)
Open to new children:
Leadership Core Group:
(We have nine stairwells represented by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors makes day-to-day decisions, with the community meeting to discuss more important decisions.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(At this time 8 hours per month, but people put in many more hours than that.)
(Monthly HOA fees)
Land and Buildings
(the site seems rural)
3.7 acres (1.5 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
(37 residences in 5 buildings)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We have about 2 acres of garden spaces and will be growing much of our own food in the future.)
Share Community Meals:
(Our target is to do 5 meals per week. During this transition period we are sharing one or two meals per week in our 1912 farmhouse.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We cook around each other's food allergies.)
(Smoking is not permitted in any building on our property.)
Open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender members:
Shared Spiritual Path:
(Parents decide for their children.)