Renting

Lost Valley Cabin by Stephanie Bathurst

Housing Options

Welcome!  Currently there are three ways to become a “resident” at Lost Valley Educational Center with aspiring EcoVillage: “MeadowSong:”

  • Rent a structure anywhere on campus.  Structures include townhomes/apartments, yurts, rustic cabins, cob hut, or tipi;
  • Lease a “site” where you put your own yurt, RV, trailer or tent; or
  • Volunteer as part of the Volunteer Program (http://lostvalley.org/community/job-volunteer-positions/).  Volunteers are able to camp in the summer and stay in the “small dorm” during cooler months.

Staff members are another type of resident and are paid for their work.  Staff positions are currently filled.  When they are available, positions are offered to current campus residents before being posted on the website.

Our long-term vision is to build new housing that embodies our ecological and aesthetic values.   Thus a fourth way of becoming a resident  is currently under development, whereby people apply to be a community member and earn the privelege to build their own home at Meadowsong Ecovillage.  Our intention is for this process to be clarified within the next few months, and for it take about a year for people to become full members.  Most people intending to become full members and build a home at Meadowsong Ecovillage will rent or lease someplace to live onsite while they are becoming members.

Please email housing(@)lostvalley.org for a rental application.  Priority of available spaces goes to current residents.  Because of this, there is sometimes a short waiting list for outside applicants.

Process

The process for becoming a resident as a renter usually starts with a visit (Visit Us).  If the visitor program is closed, contact the Site Manager for an hour-long day-visit during the week (housing(@)lostvalley.org).  We are a community, and so have a bit more stringent process involved when inviting new residents to live with us.

1. First, please read the Community Living Agreements and inquire about the available units.

2.  The Site Manager will issue a Rental Application Form for a unit of particular interest.  This rental application is issued based on your desired housing, and informs the applicant of relevant move-in costs.  Email housing(@)lostvalley.org or pick up a Rental Application Form during your visit with the Site Manager.  Once submitted, the rental application is approved or denied based on some standard investigations of the provided information.  We also ask applicants to pay for the background check.

3. When the application is accepted, a community interview is hosted with at least 3 community residents and all applicants present.  The “Residential Approval Panel” at the community interview may approve, deny, or delay an application based on the applicant’s interview.  If the Residential Approval Panel gives the thumbs-up, a lease-signing may be scheduled with the Site Manager.

4. After receipt of deposits and rent are accepted, move-in can begin!  As per our Dynamic Governance, (inspired by Sociocracy), you are then able to participate in our bi-weekly community meetings called “Community Petal” every other Thursday at 4:30.   Participation in a lodge meal plan is encouraged as well as participation in weekly Community Well-Beings which provide enhanced community integration.

A list of all Rental Units: 

Cabins ~ sizes range from 272 sq. ft. ~ 535 sq. ft.

$130-$410/month for single occupancy
Utilities are included in rental cost for single occupancy. Each additional adult is $50 and children are $25 each to cover added utility costs. Our cabins are nestled in the trees and are located near our community lodge, kitchen, and bathroom facilities.

Yurts ~ sizes range from 314 sq. ft. ~ 756 sq. ft. (seasonal)

$240-$570/month for single occupancy
Utilities are included in rental cost for single occupancy. Each additional adult is $20 to cover added utility and facility costs.

Most of our yurts are located by our beautiful camas meadow, Anthony Creek and Nature Center Garden, and one is near the cabins in a forested area.

“Solplex Units”

Townhomes ~ 3 bedroom 2 bath 1080 sq. ft.

$950/month
Residents pay electricity bill. Vaulted ceilings, skylights, woodstove, full kitchen, washer and dryer hook-ups, large front deck with view of the shared organic garden & chicken coop.

Apartment ~ 2 bedroom 1 bath 700 sq. ft. (Downstairs unit)

$780/month
Resident(s) pay electricity bill. Wood floors, vaulted ceiling, full kitchen, skylights, washer/dryer hookups, large front deck with a view of shared organic garden and chicken coop.

Apartment ~ 1 bedroom 1 bath 546 sq. ft. (upstairs unit)

$480/month
Resident(s) pay electricity bill. Unit has kitchenette. Two skylights and large west-facing window in bedroom.

*All leases are 4 months minimum and go month-to-month after that.  Campus Security Deposit is $350.  Pets require a one-time deposit of $250 (limit 2 per household).  As an aspiring eco-village and nature center, we cannot allow any more free-ranging outdoor cats to reside at Lost Valley.  Free-range cats and dogs contribute to habitat-loss for many wildlife.  Our forested setting has wonderful biodiversity we hope to maintain.

RV/Camper/Bus/Travel Trailer Space

$250/month

No dump station.  Electric and water hookups in meadow.  Beautiful views and nature trails.

In addition to the lease options above, we offer furnished, short-term and vacation rentals, as well as opportunities to camp.  For more information about how to visit Meadowsong Ecovillage, click here.

 

Updated September, 2012

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