Available on October 1st.
In May I purchased the lot next door to mine, adding another 8000 sq ft of land and another house to my little southend slice of farm/garden home.
I am now at the tail end of remodeling and am looking to add more people to the mix! Below is some information and photos about the urban farm housing opportunity
The rent will be 1100 (for the "apartment" version) or 1350 for the whole house. Utilities are separate. Pets are negotiable. 1st, last, and deposit.
The location is a walkable few blocks south of Othello Light Rail Station and Park in the heart of the valley between Rainier and MLK. Columbia City and its wonderful retail core are a light rail station north. My almost daily haunt and the the wonder that is Seward Park, as well as our local PCC are less than 2 miles up the lake and there is Pritchard swimming beach even closer. Nearby Rainier Beach high school has a track and there are tennis courts in another park 2 blocks away. The amazing Kubota Garden is truly the southends best kept secret and it is walkable as well.
The new house next door to mine, has two bedrooms upstairs, wood floors, living room with a fireplace, kitchen and bathroom. This is the basic plan for all the homes on this block: they are modest 50's "war boxes". There is also a basement that includes is a den/craft room and a laundry room. The whole house rental would also include a large basement rec/office room. The "apartment" version would not include it and there is a separate basement entrance for that area. There are points for discussion about this room and possibilities really depend on a conversation with potential people.
I have been here 6 years (and 11 in the neighborhood) and I have spent time developing my lot in terms of garden and outdoor living… I love to garden and came to it first in terms of feeding myself, the stress relief, being healthy and being part of the amazing joy and education of the cycle of life. I worked on a Community Supported Agriculture farm for a couple years so this gave me more experience as well. When I arrived it was a bit of a blank slate but the bounty now is delicious and plentiful. Here is a short list of what was available for my table yesterday: tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, parsley, squash, onions, shallots, garlic, herbs, raspberries, blueberries, figs, plums, apples, blackberries. I also care about landscape design and beauty.. ornamentals, trees, and perennials/flowers… and am always adding and learning more on that side as well. I have a very large deck in the back and a big firepit which make for swell summer parties. I have a 10 yr old dog who is a wise gentleman and a very wonderful companion for me in the hood. I also have thoughts about having chickens perhaps next season. There is a beehive on the property that a friend manages.
A bit more about me:
I am a social entrepreneur and my passion and thread that connects my life path has been community organizing and uplift… creating spaces for people to connect and broaden their vision of themselves and their surroundings. For the last 4 years I have been running a holistic fitness program in the parks for women. Before this I founded a non profit and growing it for 5 years before passing it on to a new director. Earlier my life was about the performance art/butoh dance/avant garde music world. I have been involved in a progressive peer counseling community for 8 years and find this tool incredibly helpful for working on my "old stuff" and making relationships and life go so much better. Other active stuff I am into includes lake swimming, trail running, yoga, dancing, mountain/road/tour biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking.. the latest addition being paddleboarding and am always looking for more friends who share the love of being in a body. I also take where I live seriously ; ) … what I mean is I like to be where I am … it makes sense to me to really live here and I make the effort to reach out across the barriers and fear that a very diverse block, neighborhood, zip code can present… this enriches my life immensely and hopefully makes the world a safer, healthier, better place relationship by relationship.
I am looking for some stable, silly, practical, serious, creative, industrious, open, zestful, happy, and evolving individuals or a couple who are community minded … and not only like the idea of what people are calling urban homesteading (i am not too happy with this term myself : )… but are ready, able and excited to participate in a practical way as well. Sorry daily users are not welcome here, but generally clean living peeps that indulge occasionally works for me.
If some or all! of this resonates with you and you are interested in seeing my little slice of life down here and chatting about the situation please email Jessie at moc.liamg|kees80bj#moc.liamg|kees80bj and tell me a bit about yourself, your experience, your situation, your needs, and perhaps your dreams.