As of November 2020, we have 10 members and 7 households. We also have numerous Explorers. We advertise nationally and in January we will begin to advertise locally in the Seattle area on public radiio. Now is the best time to get in for your choice of house and location and to help make decisions about the development of our community.
Jennie Lindberg and Dean Smith
Jennie and Dean are our founders. Jennie is a semi-retired Family Therapist and Dean is a retired engineer. They bring a value of deep interest in producing good food for the community, working in the garden together and sharing food.
They are long time members of the local Unitarian Universalist church, which is 3.5 miles away.
Environmental issues are of primary importance to Dean and Jennie and they were founding members of 350 Everett, a local environmental action group.
Jennie: “For me, cohousing is an antidote to loneliness and isolation. It’s a diverse group of supportive neighbors and friends who like helping each other, spending time, working and playing together.”
Dean: “I want to live in cohousing because I appreciate the value of community in my life. Having people around to chat over a cup of coffee, people who will help me, and people I can lend a hand to, young and old.”
“What first drew me to Sunnyside, other than it being a cohousing community, is the emphasis on gardening and maintaining open green spaces. Now that I've been part of the community for some time I can say an additional draw is relationships with the community members who are are warm-hearted, interesting, and fun to engage with.”
Sherie and Joe R.
Sherie and Joe own and operate Petite Sweet bakery in Everett, WA. Sherie has a background in interior design and is an avid gardener. She is at the site nearly every Saturday afternoon, working on the garden or the orchard. Joe is a history buff. He is a great cook. We’re all looking forward to his soups.
Patrick is an engineer in the electronics industry with a longtime interest in cohousing. He currently lives in Everett, where he volunteers for several organizations involved in historic preservation and downtown revitalization. As a hobby he enjoys renovating his historic home.
Troy and Kirstin A.
Both Troy and Kirstin are active members of the Democratic Socialists of America and of The Episcopal Church. Kirstin works as a freelance editor and prefers editing romance novels. Troy works in IT and previously worked as a sound designer for video games. The two of them currently live on a small farm that includes orchard trees, sheep, chickens, and two cute Nigerian dwarf goats.
Miriam grew up in Iowa but has lived from coast to coast and border to border. She is a retired educator and has worked in nature centers as well as public schools. Her interests include hiking, camping, reading, and cooking. She is already keeping an eye out for recipes that can be scaled up for community meals!
“I am choosing cohousing because I want to live in a community where I can make connections and contributions. I want to be able to borrow a cup of sugar or bring chicken soup to a neighbor.
Life can be both brilliant and hard. When things are brilliant, we need to pass on to others our joy and light. When things are hard, we need to draw on others’ strengths and wisdom. A cohousing community helps make this happen.”.
Lauren is currently a Sunnyside Explorer.
Sarah "Wokie" L.
Wokie borrowed her name from her dog, Wookie. There were too many other Sara/hs in exercise classes and writing workshops. Wookie has been most generous and understanding.
Back when Wokie was a sweet young thing, her father chastised her for wanting to spray the family elm trees with DDT to kill the beetles that carry Dutch elm disease. She cried about the dying elms, but gradually morphed into an environmentalist. She had chickens, most of whom turned out to be roosters, and a vegetable garden.
At that point her family, then in an unincorporated township without city water or the prospect of a well, depended on rain water collected in a cistern, which taught everyone very serious water conservation.
She’s spent most of her adult life in shared group housing, collecting hundreds of housemate experiences, most quite positive, though the negative ones make for better stories.
She’s hoping that the seriousness with which her dogs, Wookie and Kookaburra, protect their present back yard against marauding foxes, coyotes, coons, and especially deer will make them an appealing asset to Sunnyside and its gardeners.
Colleen has long been interested in intentional community and is delighted to actually know and spend time with her neighbors. She embraces the values of Sunnyside Village Cohousing and is thrilled to find a cohousing community in close proximity to her kids and grandkids.
She finds cohousing the perfect antidote to the isolation that is so common to today’s city dwellers and, as an introvert, loves having her own space while being part of an active community.