Unit for rent or exchange

Are you curious about living at Columbia Ecovillage cohousing in Portland, Oregon? Well, here is your chance to try it out. We plan to spend three months in the Los Angeles area during the winter of 2017-18 and are looking for some enthusiastic people to live in our unit while we are gone. We are open for a straight house exchange with someone who has a place in the Los Angeles area OR a rental/semi-house sit arrangement.

Our unit is a spacious three bedroom, two bath upstairs apartment (see photos at right). It is colorfully painted and filled with art and a special treat--two wonderful cats to get to know and take care of. In addition, each adult gets to participate in the community through nine hours of work a month, common meals, social events, and access to our beautiful and verdant 3.73 acre urban property in the exciting Cully neighborhood.

The discounted rent per month is $1050, which includes utilities, cable, and one parking spot. Contact Anne or Dennis for more information and to set up a phone conversation.

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People interested in purchasing an available unit at Columbia Ecovillage are encouraged to begin the get-acquainted process prior to submitting a written offer to purchase. A similar process is used for a smaller number of units which are rentals. The process includes attending a monthly “village meeting” or a meeting of a smaller group, and sharing a meal with us at one of our scheduled dinners. Potential new members are typically assigned a buddy to help answer their questions.

Some useful questions to ask oneself when considering living in a community such as CEV:

What excites me about living in a cohousing community?
What draws me to live in an ecovillage?
How do I feel about making many major and minor decisions with other people?
How much time do I have beyond my work, family and hobbies?
What would I like to learn while living in cohousing?
What skills, strengths, hobbies and talents would I want to share with others?
What balance between privacy and community is right for me?
What might be the most challenging thing for me in living in this community?


  • An urban multigenerational Cohousing community in NE Portland
  • Like living in the country and the city at the same time.  Total 3.73 acres with 37 condominium units in friendly, environmentally conscious, cohousing community.
  • Individual & community garden plots, berries, fruit and nut orchards, chickens and bees, irrigation system and rainwater cisterns, greenhouse, and covered, enclosed bike parking.
  • New community dining hall.
  • 1912 farmhouse contains guest rooms and is used for private and community meals, celebrations, and many other events.  Includes freezer space and root cellar.
  • Shared community craft room and laundry room
  • Community meals (optional) several times per week
  • Frequent service Tri-Met route 72 bus stop at the entry to the community and a second route, 75, within a ¼ mile.
  • Close to Concordia New Seasons, Kennedy School, local coffee bars/restaurants/brew pubs and the Hollywood District with its library, theater, post office, and Trader Joe's.