Sunnyside Village Cohousing

How to Join

Step 1

Attend Thursday Introductory meeting

Step 2

Attend General Circle meetings as an Observer and Social meetings as a participant

Step 3

Become an Explorer

Step 4

Become an Equity Member and reserve your home!

Steps To Reserving a New Home

Revised 9/26/2021

Now accepting new members!

Summary:

 – First become an Explorer — $100 (non refundable). After you get to know us, talk with the Marketing and Membership Circle about becoming an Equity Member.
 
  • Become an Equity Member — $500 (non refundable membership fee) and $20,000 contribution (a total of $20,500) to King Creek LLC. This makes you an Equity Member with full voting abilities and puts you on the priority list for choosing your home. The $20,000 is applied to the down payment on your home and it funds the construction. 
  • Make a financial plan with Sunnyside’s Finance Circle for how you will continue your contributions to King Creek LLC until you have contributed at least 20% of the cost of your cottage, by February 2023.

The Important Details:

1. First get to know us:

A. Visit our website to find out more about our vision and values, our members and the community design.

B. Attend an Introductory meeting on Zoom any Thursday, 5:30-6:30 Pacific time.

C. Attend events to get to know us, such as Happy Hour and schedule a site tour to see the property and talk with some of our members. You may attend two events before we will ask you to consider becoming an Explorer.

2. Become an Explorer:

A. To become an Explorer, a household pays a $100 fee (non refundable). Explorers have the ability to attend and participate in meetings and discussions, but not vote. Your household may be Explorers for two months. If you wish to continue, then we request that you become Equity Members. If circumstances require you to remain Explorers longer than two months, please talk with the Membership and Marketing Circle.

3. Explore your financial ability to purchase a new home:

A. If you plan to have a mortgage, confirm with your financial institution how much you can qualify for (“pre-quality”). While you are free to obtain a mortgage from any institution, we are working with Dave Porter at Loan Depot who has agreed to “pre-qualify” everyone. You won’t have to explain what cohousing is to him or why you are wanting to prequalify for a home that won’t be built immediately because he knows about our project. 206 304 8228, DPorter@loandepot.com

B. Determine how much your current home might be worth by contacting a realtor (Zillow gives a rough estimate). Consider your assets and how you will pay for a new home.

C. Think about how you will downsize. Our cottages will be 1000-1,200 square feet.

D. Learn what plans our community has for homes and their pricing by attending the Introductory Zoom meeting (the link is on the first page of the website)

Steps to Equity Membership:​

  1. Tell a member of the Membership Circle that your household wishes to become Equity Members
  2. You will be assigned a buddy who will help you through a Membership Orientation. This will acquaint you and your household to our cohousing community, to our form of consensus decision making, and how our community works. It is an essential part of understanding our community. After your orientation, the Membership Circle will make a recommendation to the General Circle and your membership will be voted on by the Equity Members.
  3. A big part of living in cohousing is participating in the work (and play) of the community. Decide which work team(s) you want to participate in and jump in! Like most things in life, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. Check the website for what work teams are doing and when they meet.
  4. Financial
    • $20,500 makes you an Equity Member. This includes a one-time non-refundable membership fee of $500 per household. The  $20,000 is a contribution to the LLC and is applied to the down payment on your home.
    • You will need to make a Financial Plan with Sunnyside’s Finance Circle for how and when you will continue your contributions, up to a minimum of 20% of the cost of your cottage, by February 2023. This is your “Required Capital Contribution.”  Green Canopy NODE, our builder, will inform us of periodic cash calls which will be needed to fund items such as permits, roads, utilities and other construction costs. If you are not able to follow through with the Financial Plan you have agreed to it could affect our ability to complete the project on time.
    • The Required Capital Contribution applies to your home purchase. King Creek, LLC uses the money to develop the land.
    • We are striving to keep costs as low as possible while building a community with a low carbon footprint and environmentally friendly design.
    • If you change your mind and wish to withdraw, after the project has been completed you are eligible to obtain a repayment of the funds you have loaned to the LLC (minus the $500 non refundable membership fee) when the last home is sold on the completed project, if there are funds available. We want to be clear that this is a risky investment with no guarantees and we are doing everything we can at each stage to reduce risk and ensure that each of us receives full value for our investments. Remember that we are in this together as “owner/developers.” If you choose to withdraw, you are not obligated to continue investing in the project.
    • Choosing your home: Once you have completed an application, prequalified, attended a Membership Orientation, paid your $20,500 ($500 non-refundable and $20,000 toward your down payment) and understand and agree to the Required Capital Contribution and the Equity Members have approved your membership, you will be on the priority list for selecting your home site (or be next on the waiting list if the lots have not yet been established). These terms are subject to change based on group decisions.
    • Special Incentive For Families: Families with children under the age of 18 who live with them are eligible for a $5,000 discount on their home.

sign up for our introductory zoom meeting

Find out more at our (no obligation) Introductory Zoom meeting:

Each Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pacific time

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87581340153

Click here to reserve your spot. Last minute joiners are OK, too!