There are currently no units for sale, but we’re leaving these listings on the website to give you an idea of what one- and two-bedroom units look like.
The Fifth Street Commons is a co-housing community made up of 16 self-contained condos with carports and a solar-electric common house that features a shared laundry room and guest room, as well as a kitchen, dining room, living room, and 3/4 bathroom that can be used for gatherings.
We have once-a-month work-parties/meetings, weekly social gatherings, planned and spontaneous potlucks, and are a pretty cool group of folks aged 23 months to more than 70 years.
Everything in the seaside village of Langley is within an easy walk, including the post office, Star Store, coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, and beach. There is a bus stop a block away.
One-bedroom unit (Sold)
This south-facing one-bedroom condominium measures 550 square feet. It has the best view in the complex, overlooking Saratoga Passage.
The sunny entrance on the ground level faces south:
In addition to the carport for this unit, there is closer parking available on Fifth Street.
The floor plan is a mirror image of this one:
Unlike the ground-level entrance, the balcony on the north side of the unit is more than two stories above the ground and is accessible from both the living room and bedroom. It offers a view of Camano Island as well as the courtyard and common house.
The living room and kitchen have an open floor plan.
Two-bedroom unit (SOLD)
This second-floor unit has two bedrooms, one bath, and measures 700 square feet. The unit has bamboo floors, a mini-split energy-efficient heater/air conditioner, and a balcony and deck that have peek-a-boo water views. There is small, extra room, accessible from the outside, that can be used for storage or could be updated to be used as an office, workshop, or art studio. A pet-friendly small yard has espalier trees and is part of a fenced area that is shared by four units—two of which have canine inhabitants.
Can I rent the unit?
We are working to maintain the owner-to-renter ratio that banks require for financing. Because we currently have the maximum number of renters, we cannot rent more units. Therefore, this unit is for sale.
What is expected of residents in the community?
We work together to steward our shared areas, including the grounds and garden, Common House, building exteriors, carports, parking lot, fencing, recycling, and other areas. We meet monthly to discuss and make decisions that impact us all. Residents are expected to participate in work parties and meetings.
What kind of activities do you take part in as a community?
In addition to work parties and meetings, we have frequent planned and spontaneous social gatherings and potlucks.
What type of buyers are you looking for?
We value diversity and multigenerational balance and are looking for people who are strong communitarians.
Do we have to have previous experience living in cohousing?
No, but you need to be community-minded. The Fifth Street Commons is a village within a village. For most of human history, people lived in small groups like this one. The fact that the Fifth Street Commons is located within the town of Langley is an added benefit.
Here’s a series of questions from another cohousing community that can help you determine whether cohousing is a fit for you.
Did you all decide to become a community together?
No. Most cohousing communities start out that way, but our history is different.
Do you share regular meals?
Many cohousing communities do, but we do not. We have scheduled (once a month) and spontaneous potlucks.
Are you a commune?
Do you share a religion or belief system?
Are the condos self-contained?
Will the current owners finance the unit?
What are the HOA dues?
Dues of $198.50 per month (for a two-bedroom unit) include garbage and gigabit Wi-Fi.