What is Evans Oaks

What is Evans Oaks

One of the original farm houses in this area is the Evans house, which is directly behind our property. Just to the east of the property is Evans Valley, so we felt it fitting to call the project Evans Oaks. We intended all along to save the two oak groves on the property, which we did.

An Intentional Co-Housing Community

In 2013 a group of households came together for a potluck in Silverton, Oregon. Our purpose was to enjoy the great feast that we produced from our individual homes and to also talk about an idea that had surfaced for several of us; intentional community. That was the beginning of Evans Oaks. Since that time we have incorporated as an LLC, located and purchased a beautiful piece of land, and obtained approval from the City of Silverton for our project (including the necessary rezoning), and started construction.

We now meet at least once a month to plan for our cottage community. There are several households which have committed to building and living in this intentional community, and room for one more to join us.

Our meetings are lively and full of positive energy. We enjoy good food and conversations while we plan each step in the process of creating this new home for ourselves and a model of a different way to live for Silverton.

After visiting and learning about other cohousing communities, our group chose to adopt the term, “cohousing light”. By this we mean that we want to live intentionally with each other in the typical physical layout of cohousing developments but without some of the more programmed aspects that are also typical of cohousing. We do not have an official theme for our community but if we did it would likely be sustainability/living-light-on-the-land. As with many communities like ours we choose to make our decisions through consensus and are designing our physical site and relational agreements together rather than using an outside facilitator. Because of our small size we are able to work together in this way with great success so far. We have used the professional services of a local attorney and a local architect.

We will build 11 independent small homes (800-1500 square feet), a common house for get-togethers and guest space, and two banks of garages. We have purchased a 1.4 acre piece of land in the city limits that is ideal for the arrangement of our homes and other structures. Our land is located in a very desirable residential neighborhood on the “east hill” side of Silverton, within a mile of the historic downtown. We will have a rainwater collection system to store and water the plants and garden. We hope to power our common buildings with solar energy. The site has about 30 oak trees which will be preserved as part of the landscape. We plan to use pervious surface material on all our driveways and paths so the rain can percolate as naturally as possible. Generally, we plan to balance the best passive energy designs with reasonable costs and to use earth friendly materials and construction methods. All of the homes and other buildings will be built simultaneously and by one contractor.

We started building in November 2019. We obtained a construction financing loan from a local Silverton bank and will convert to individual mortgages at the completion of construction. The project will be owned as condominiums with individual ownership of each home and shared ownership of all the common elements.