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 Points Beyond. Since that time we have incorporated as an LLC, located and purchased a beautiful piece of land, and obtained preliminary approval from the City of Silverton for our project (including the necessary rezoning).
One of our associate members suggested the name “Points Beyond” which likely needs an explanation. Think of when you are traveling by train or bus and the next station is announced. Sometimes the message is the name of a location with the trailer, “…and points beyond”. There is always that other, further, often intriguing place to come and a sense of disappointment if you have to disembark before getting there. For those of us who are joining together to make this new home, it will be our “points beyond”; a place that is new and exciting where we have not been before and where we can explore a different way to adventure together.
Points Beyond will be an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space. Each single family home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen and small yard area. Our shared spaces will feature a common house, which includes a large kitchen and dining area, laundry, and recreational spaces. We will also have a workshop with added guest quarters, and carports/garages with personal storage at both ends of the property. Shared outdoor space includes parking, walkways, open space, and gardens. Community members also share resources like tools, books, and recreational equipment. Households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces.
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