Guest Post: Portland Cohousing Tour

by cohousingworks on May 21, 2011

in Marketing / Outreach

This post was sent to me by Kaitlin Smith:

Portland is Focus of National Cohousing Tour on June 4
Four Portland Cohousing Communities will be Featured on All-Day Tour

Environmental, economic and social sustainability will be featured on an all-day tour of Portland cohousing communities on Saturday, June 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will travel by bus to four communities including Daybreak Cohousing, Cascadia Commons Cohousing Community, Kailash Ecovillage and Peninsula Park Commons. The interactive tour will include presentations by cohousing leaders, fact sheets and site maps of each community. Participants will meet cohousing community members and tour homes. Local residents will present a panel discussion on the experience of living in cohousing. Lunch will be provided at Cascadia Commons.

“The best way to experience the lifestyle of cohousing is to join a tour,” said Neil Planchon, National Tours Coordinator for the Cohousing Association of the United State. “Each cohousing neighborhood provides a unique experience of community living. Participants from around the country join local residents on each tour.”

Cohousing originated in Denmark. It is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities. There are now more than 120 cohousing communities in the United States.

The tour will be led by national and local cohousing experts. The four Portland communities on the cohousing tour offer different features, settings and home styles. All of the communities are multi-generational and several have homes available.

Daybreak Cohousing is Portland’s newest cohousing project with construction completed in 2009. The 30-home community is located in urban, north Portland and includes a common house, where meals are shared by members 3-4 times per week. Daybreak Cohousing received the 2010 National Livable Communities Award from AARP and the National Association of Home Builders in January and features owned, lease-to-own and rental units. More information about Daybreak Cohousing is available at  or 503-310-7044.

Cascadia Commons Cohousing Community is a 10-year-old community in the southwest Portland West Slope area. It has 26 households and a common house, where meals are shared two times per week. Located on three acres, the property includes fruit trees and gardens. More information about Cascadia Commons Cohousing Community and current openings are available at  or 503-650-7169.

Kailash Ecovillage is a 32-unit intentional community with one bedroom apartments located on a large, urban site in inner, southeast Portland. The property includes a community room, gardens and a hostel-style dormitory. Unlike many cohousing communities, all units at Kailash Ecovillage are rentals. More information about the community is available at or 971-219-1813.

Peninsula Park Commons was founded in 2005 when members converted a seven-unit courtyard apartment building into six condos and one common unit near Peninsula Park in north Portland. The community later added three more homes, a bike barn and a guest suite. Currently 26 adults and children live at the cohousing community. More information about Peninsula Park Commons is available at  or 503-422-2607.

Tour cost per person is $95 or $120 with a $25 donation to the Cohousing Association of the United States. Group pricing is available. Advanced reservations are required. Online registration is available at  For more information, contact Neil Planchon at


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