1419 Sherman Ave, Hood River, Oregon 97031


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©2018 Adams Creek Cohousing

Meet us!

Even though we are comfortable in a nice house, have invested time and energy to make friends, and have nice neighbors, we still feel as if there could be a better and closer to home "village" experience in which to raise our kids. We are a family of musicians and artists who appreciate good food and fun neighbors!


Becki Rawson, her husband, and our family made the Hood River Valley home 29 years ago. We have lived in various forms of community and look forward to continuing the exploration of an intentionally connected neighborhood with Gorge Cohousing.

We treasure the diversity of our area's people as well as relishing the many outdoor pursuits in this incredible location we call home.


About 25 years ago, Jack attended a presentation about cohousing in the Bay Area led by Katie and Chuck.  Fast forward 5 years, we have married and we found ourselves working in Emeryville - Janet directly across the street from Doyle Street Cohousing and Jack a few blocks away.  Even though we wanted to, we never knocked on the Cohousing front door.  But, we have both been intrigued by the concept ever since being exposed to it.

Each of us has lived in some kind of shared housing in the past.  We love living in community.   The appeal of cohousing for us is the fact that we can have our own home for those much-needed "down times" while also sharing a larger community home, gardens, work and play areas with other like-minded people. 

We are now middle-aged, our child has married and has her own family.  She does not live nearby.  Each of us grew up with four siblings.  We lived in real neighborhoods where the kids were outside constantly, creating and having fun.  We are motivated to help make this project a reality as we envision ourselves once again in a neighborhood where there are kids outside constantly, creating and having fun.  The adults as well!


I moved to Hood River 26 years ago, partially because of the water and part due to the incredible agricultural resources.  The recreational offerings in this area are plentiful, with the water being my focus for paddling my kayak.   

I am a single woman, retired psychotherapist with a love of animals. The introduction to cohousing was exciting, as it was a solution to not wanting to live alone the rest of my life.  I tend to enjoy my own company and find community living to give me both privacy and social interaction I need. 
I love to travel and have lived in different parts of the world.  Being among different cultures, finding new and unusual people and customs is what has educated me.  I believe in giving back to my community so am involved in some local volunteering, including local art events and plays. 

Nutrition and health are essential to my wellbeing, as well as the daily practice of compassion.  I have always lived around the availability of products/produce straight off the local farms. This is very important to my plant-based food philosophy.  And, I love to cook.


Twenty five years ago, we dreamed of living in the country, far from town with enough land so that we did not hear or see our neighbors. What were we thinking? It was quiet, beautiful with lots of wildlife, and very lonely. Now we clearly understand and appreciate the value of community. Living within walking distance to town for the last four years in beautiful Hood River brings a new appreciation for having a close connection with our friends, neighbors and community.

Realizing that we must live in a more sustainable lifestyle, we look forward to our modest home in our cohousing community that incorporates passive energy and water saving features, community gardens and sharing resources with our neighbors.

Having the privacy of our own modest home while having the luxury of a cozy common house where we can enjoy community meals, movie nights, and meeting spaces to hang out with our neighbors will be an ideal setting. We are excited to help make our Adams Creek Cohousing community a reality!


I moved to Hood River in 2005 to live close to my daughter and her family shortly after my husband died.  I am grateful for my family here as well as the many friends I now have in the Columbia River Gorge.  But ever since I visited Sweden seven years ago I have wanted to live in Cohousing, an intentional community in which the members are consciously committed to live in community.  Earlier this year I had the privilege of living in a Cohousing community in Atlanta for more than three months where I shared meals in the Common House and learned to know several of the residents.  Even though I have lived in friendly neighborhoods where people reach out to each other, I look forward to living in Cohousing.


Having grown up in the shadow of Mt Hood, living in Hood River is the right place for me.  My view will be switching from Mt. Hood to Mt Adams and that’s okay, sometimes it’s good to have a different point of view.  My formidable years (a kid) were spent “outdoors” and as an adult I lived and worked many years on small Forest Service compounds, so helping to design and live in a cohousing community was an easy decision for me. 

I’m enjoying life with my new yellow lab puppy, Ziggy.  You’ll probably see me out walking somewhere in town, the waterfront, the spit or some trail in the National Forests. I’m a stained glass/fused glass hobbiest, enjoying reading and I’m working on being a pickleball diva.


(Avery, Juno, Jackson, Bruce, Carolyn, Charlie, Veronica)

Carolyn and Bruce met while serving in the Peace Corps, Tunisia, in 1985.  They returned to the states to live nearby family in New Jersey and had two sons, Charlie and Jackson.  Since 1996 they have lived in NE Portland where Carolyn has been a nurse practitioner and Bruce worked in info tech and also taught public school.  They enjoy outdoor activities and especially hiking in the Gorge.


John and Vicky moved to Hood River in 2005 with their two daughters Charley (now a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia) and Everley (now in the 7th Grade at HRMS).  


Vicky is Pastor of Riverside Community Church  Hood River.  John is an organizer for the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network and is active in the movement for immigrant justice.  Everley loves drama and writing plays.  She loves softball and is  also exploring tap dancing, is highly social and loves spending time with friends.


John, Vicky and Everley have built a lifestyle that embraces community and works for social and environmental justice. They like to spend time outdoors hiking and camping. They are readers and love socializing around the table. They love a full house. They have a 3 year old ‘rescue’ dog named “Wilbur” and provide home to 7 hens in their backyard. They are committed to Co-Housing and the practice of living more intentionally to  model for themselves a sustainable future.


Hi I'm Anne.  I have spent my life in the mountains: the Jemez and Sangre de Cristos, the Front Range of Colorado and now our lovely little village nestled between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams in the Cascades.   


I love folk music, books, horses, skiing, conversation, cool coffee shops and yoga.  I was born and raised in northern New Mexico but have lived in Portland for over 40 years.   As this city has outgrown me, it is time to call a new place home.  So with my two children competent young adults now and my career as a high school teacher winding down, I am excited to join this intentional community where we practice becoming our best independent selves while still being stewards of one another and of the land. 


After raising my family and living and working overseas for 20 years, Hood River has been my home and my anchor. My family and friends are here. But most importantly, my heart is here. As Kate Wolf, the songwriter, said, my soul is peaceful as a “Seaside Mountain Lady”.  And I find that tranquility here.

I have dreamed of living in a “community” with folks who value our resources and life. This reality blossomed when I retired and read an article in AARP about “cohousing”. I visited cohousing communities in Colorado, Utah, and Oregon and am excited to be a part of our vibrate growing community here in Hood River.

The most exciting aspects are that we will be intergenerational, and the architects of our living. As one who is “not so young” (as versus “senior citizen”), I embrace the idea of aging in my own home with friends and family embracing me.  Our journey to found our new community has been one of the “road less traveled” with all the joys, blessings, bumps, and stops that one could imagine.  I look forward to living my dream with an amazing group of people. 


We moved to Hood River 2 years ago to be closer to family and because of the incredible access to mountains and trails.  We spend our time bicycling, hiking, running, skiing, and playing in the forests of Mt.Hood and Mt.Adams. 


We have been interested in cohousing for 20 years and are thrilled to find a group here in Hood River!



Lou is a native Oregonian, John is a traveled East Coast transplant. Hood River has a young athletic culture appealing to our active nature. We like walk/bike friendly urban villages; growing, yet safe urban locations, with access to the arts, grocery and local eateries. Hood River offers that and four seasons.


Having no children, we had ruled out multi-generational until Adams Creek’s neighborhood reminded us of unrelated yet influential ‘uncle/aunts’ from our childhood. A new home adventure began.


Cohousing offers us something new - chosen geo-centric relationships; close relationships based on common interests. Our active participation would only deepen our understanding of cohousing’s potential and deepen those geo-based friendships; what is not to like?