Frequently Asked Questions

How long do the units take to complete?

Once we have a permit in hand, units take six months to build. Unit 12 will be available in May 2016. Unit 13 has just sold and is a mirror example of Unit 12. Unit 6 and 7 are being designed now to accommodate smaller footprints and home sizes.

How much are the HOA dues and how does the community operate?

Our HOA dues are $60 per month based on a yearly budget. They cover common utilities, insurance, and other items that we put into the budget. The community operates in a fairly loose fashion – balancing privacy with community interests. All are members of the Clearwater Community Condominium Association. We discuss any new rules as a group but lean toward maintaining flexibility and relying on trust. We are happy to share our Condominium Declaration and our HOA bylaws.

What are the general costs for construction and lot prices?

The price of a fully built-out lot with utilities and building design is $165,000. This gives you an equal share in all common elements and amenities. We are very transparent about house costs. We work together to build a budget with the choices you like. All of our homes are required to have fire sprinklers, are built on pier foundations for groundwater infiltration, and are highly energy efficient. These requirements add costs to a home but reflect our values as a green community. Our costs are approximately $150-155 per sq ft.

Commons View from the north

A view of the Clearwater Commons across the wetland.

How would I purchase a home?

We are fully capable of helping you purchase a lot or a home. We have a realtor who can help with your realtor, or we can facilitate a lot purchase directly with you. Interested people must be prequalified to purchase a home. Ask us about construction financing.

Would I own my own lot?

Yes. We are called an “Airspace Condominium”. This means that you own the lot itself and the space around it. We can give you a copy of our condominium survey. A condominium enables us to maintain our community values. Our lots are small (approximately 2500 sq ft) but each lot faces onto greenbelts and owns a share of the full seven acres.

Who is doing the construction?

We are fortunate to have one of our own members to run a general contracting and design firm. Joanne Lane is an engineer who started and manages Forest Rain Design and Construction. Tom Campbell has served as the project supervisor.

What are some of the nearby amenities?

We are in an area that is growing rapidly. We are fortunate to have a protected little enclave by the creek that cannot be built upon. Many of us enjoy nearby amenities such as a hiking trail into Mill Creek (with a great little town center), walking distance to shops and stores, a great wetland called North Creek park, and there is a new PCC Natural Market going in about a mile away. Bothell is growing and some new smart growth amenities and restaurants along with the UW Branch Campus and Cascadia College. We are in a high technology corridor so new jobs are expanding rapidly.

What’s cool about your community?

We are a diverse bunch with a wide range of interests with a ton of creative energy and talent. One of our families has a sound studio on site where they manage the Seattle Film Collective. We’ve got a number of gardeners and landscapers who love to growing vegetables and beautiful plantings. We’ve got a pretty cool set of chickens and a beautiful yurt space. One of us is an abbot for a Zen Community and is a national consultant on mental health and public engagement.  Another works for Cray, Inc. on supercomputers, helping to model climate change impacts. We support a very innovative democratic school called The Clearwater School, our downstream neighbors to the south. Together with the school, we have developed the Clearwater Reach–a ¼ mile section of North Creek that we steward and watch over. We see ourselves as kind of an unintentional – intentional community – that we do things without a lot of form or obligations.