Bellingham Cohousing is an intentional community of 33 households. Each household is privately owned, but all other parts of our community are shared. We have regular work parties to maintain our shared spaces, bi-monthly meetings that use a consensus decision-making process to make community-wide decisions, and regular social events such as our weekly community dinners in the Common House. Our Guiding Principles (listed below) serve as a foundation for our collective identity and our community decision-making.

Becoming a member of Bellingham Cohousing is much more than just renting or purchasing a unit. If you would like to connect with our current members to learn more about us, please stop by our daily coffee hour, which is held at 10am every morning. A unit becomes available for rent or purchase about every year or so and we maintain a list of interested parties so that we can send out information about an available unit when an owner announces that they are selling or renting out their unit.

Just like anywhere else, life at Bellingham Cohousing has its ups and downs, but with that in mind, this is an amazing community to be a part of! With our small rate of unit turnover and long wait-list, it can often take some time to become a member. Therefore we recommend that if you are on our interest list, then please spend time with our community at our public events so that you can get to know us and we can get to know you. With that being said, it’s important to also say that while it’s easier to rent or sell a unit to someone that we are very familiar with, the unit owners have full discretion on who they rent or sell their units to.

Bellingham Cohousing Guiding Principles

We aspire to create a collaborative, multi-generational community where we place a high value on kindness, respect, gratitude and shared responsibility. We honor each person’s unique way of being and support each other’s interests, skills and contributions to our community, the larger community and the planet.

We recognize that awareness and acceptance of our interdependent nature is the foundation for health, happiness, well-being, and survival. Therefore we commit to more deeply embody our principles so that we may make them a living part of our daily lives and by so doing manifest the community of our aspirations. To this end, we feel that these principles are best held as questions rather than statements, and each of us will continually ask ourselves…

How do I deepen my trust, respect and acceptance of others?

How do I bring joy to our community through both work and play?

How do I resolve conflict responsibly?

How do I live interdependently while acknowledging individuality?

How do I contribute to my community?

How do I authentically care for the members of my community?

How do both I and my community live more lightly on the earth?

Use this form to subscribe to our interest list:

By subscribing to this list, you will receive updates about Bellingham Cohousing membership opportunities when they become available as well as receive invitations to public events that we host.

1.) Contact Information:

2.) Preferences:

What type of unit are you interested in? (select all that apply)