About

Eighteen households make up Vashon Cohousing. We have a mature and bountiful orchard. Our common house – with three guestrooms, a large dining room and a full commercial kitchen – is a place where we host friends and families, hold parties, share meals and gather for meetings. More than eight acres of natural areas – rich in bird life – surround our homes.

Cider pressings. Potlucks. Bonfires. Work Parties. Bird walks. Regular meetings and gatherings. We find ways to create community, engage children and enjoy each other’s company.

Why Cohousing

Adults who are more socially connected are healthier and live longer than their more isolated peers, and social disconnectedness and perceived isolation seem to be independently associated with lower levels of self-rated physical health.

However, many of us find it gets increasingly difficult to maintain a sense of connectedness. Marla Paul describes the problem well in her book The Friendship Crisis. “Simply put, we’re on our own more often now. The old structures don’t function the way they used to. We hurdle through life and don’t have time to get to know the people on our block. Many of us are flung far from parents, siblings, and cousins. Work friendships fracture as companies slash budgets and employees, and more people are isolated in home offices as telecommuters or in home-based businesses. Even marriage is a wobbly source of both companionship and social webbing. … Clearly, we need to craft our own tribes.”

Cohousing is an answer to this need for social webbing.

But you don’t have to take our word for it:

Why Vashon

Vashon Island is a vibrant rural destination in its own right, and we think we’ve got one of the best locations on the island.

These are just a few of our favorite things:

  • Minutes’ walk to Vashon’s town, including major bus lines into Seattle.
  • Minutes’ walk to Island Center Forest (363-acre woodland park with 9 miles of trails)
  • Overlooks four acres of adjacent farmland dedicated to maintaining expanding sustainable & local food equity – not just for Vashon Cohousing, but also to the island at large.
  • A relatively relaxing weekday commute (45 minutes) to downtown Seattle via the award-winning water taxi.

 

Join

Interested in Cohousing?

Don’t wait for an opening to visit! Houses move quickly when available, so the best way to join our community is to get to know us ahead of time.

Our advice: use your interest in cohousing as an excuse to enjoy a get-away on Vashon. Hop on the ferry, stay in a guestroom in our common room, meet the community at a potluck or happy hour and explore Vashon! We’re a quick walk into town and abut miles of forest trails – you’ll have a good time no matter what.

Contact us to schedule a visit.

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Contact

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