Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle - An Overview
We are an inter-generational urban community committed to sustainable living on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. You can read about all our participating households in our community ranging in age from infant to mid-60s, families, singles and couples. All people and families are welcomed. We took occupancy in mid-June 2016 and all units are spoken for at this time.
Our story started with Grace Kim & Mike Mariano. As architects they have studied CoHousing, written a book on Designing the Cohousing Common House, and designed Daybreak CoHousing in Portland. Together they have held a vision of urban cohousing for many years and purchased the property on Capitol Hill in 2008, hoping to attract others who share their values.
Some of the details
- Our property is located at 1720 and 1722 12th Avenue between Howell & Olive on the east side of the street. We demolished the existing building.
- Located one block east of Cal Anderson Park, a five minute walk from the future light rail station due to open next year.
- We have targeted high Built-Green or LEED guidelines for achieving as many high-performance sustainability metrics for energy and water usage as is financially feasible both now and planning for future upgrades.
- Construction began November 13, 2014 and we moved-in mid-June, 2016.
- We worked with developer Maria Barrientos’ firm, known for unique urban development focused on making places, not just building buildings, many of them on Capitol Hill.
- There is a working, year-round Rooftop Farm out-sourced to Seattle Urban Farm Company & interns from local community colleges.
- There is no onsite automobile parking.
- We are a non-smoking and gun free community, we allow pets, Share 3 meals a week and are child-friendly.
- Lot size: 4500 sf
- Number of homes: 9
- Home sizes: 850-1,400 sf (2-3 BR)
- We are setup as a long-term rental model starting at market rates and locking into rent control within a few years.
- Rents: are at market rate for new construction on Capitol Hill.
CHUC In the Media
Cohousing for the Latino Community
w/ English Subtitles, March, 2023
Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition
The Solutions Builders
Topo 122 Work Life City Issue, 2023
Antidote to loneliness: Grace Kim to speak on cohousing for Twin Cities Cohousing Network
Korean Quarterly – Spring 2022
A Community-Based Urban Oasis:
Tour the CHUC Rooftop Farm
Remedy for Loneliness
eRazvitie (Russian translation)
Jan 29, 2019
The 9 families of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing share a modern building built on a solid concept
Pacific NW Magazine
Sept 9, 2018
How America Lives: Creative Housing Options for Boomers, Veterans, Millennials and More
August 10, 2018
A High-Performance Building for Cohousing
Lonely? Maybe cohousing is one of the cures
April 27, 2018
Cover story & 2 articles
TED Talk- How cohousing can make us happier & live longer
Solution to Loneliness Epidemic
April 27, 2017
NPR – KUOW
These Families Defied the Odds
Living to Connect
Live Happy Magazine
Capitol Hill’s Cohousing Pioneers
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
April 29, 2016
Four Approaches to Affordability
March 13, 2016
Aging in Community/Cohousing
April 20, 2015
The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
October 8, 2014
Central Coop Register
The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
June 13, 2012
Read our Story
Click the book below to see the 5 MB PDF.
Click Communities Magazine for 2 articles.
Special thanks to Alex Garland Photography for the ground-breaking ceremony images with hard-hats and to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
NOTE: There are currently NO units available. We suggest you subscribe to our mailing list to be notified should that change.