Belfast is a small city of 7,000 people located in midcoast Maine between Camden and Bar Harbor. The city features a vibrant downtown, an active waterfront, a lively arts community, a small airport and a regional hospital. It’s also the Waldo County Seat and is the center of business, services, and government for surrounding communities.
Traditional housing in the Belfast area falls into two main categories: in-town residential neighborhoods and rural, large-lot homesteads. Located in a rural area with clustered housing and shared infrastructure, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage combines the advantages of both. Our 42-acre property is tucked into quiet a cul-de-sac just two miles from Belfast’s downtown and harbor. We are within three miles of all Belfast public schools, a private Montessori school, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, a YMCA, and an ample assortment of grocery and other retail stores.
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is a liberal, progressive, inclusive multi-generational group of roughly 70 people—toddlers to elders—from all walks of life: service workers, business owners, educators, naturalists, gardeners, builders, farmers, doctors, writers, musicians, artisans and more, working together to foster a close-knit, cooperative, and intentionally ecological way of life.
Our homes are highly energy efficient, with triple-pane windows and doors and oriented towards the sun. Two-thirds of the homes have solar systems, making them near net-zero energy consumers. Personal garden plots are available, and we have a community orchard. We also have a 3-acre worker share CSA farm on our property, where neighbors gather to plant, nurture and harvest veggies in season. Our 4,000 SF common house has a commercial-grade kitchen, a spacious dining room, a living room, a playroom, two guest suites, a laundry, a craft space, an office, meeting rooms, and a root cellar. We share regular home-cooked meals there, as well as hosting educational, environmental, cultural and social events on a regular basis. Please visit us at www.mainecohousing.org to learn more.
- Common House
- Guest Rooms
- Community Garden
- Some units accessible
Welcomes Visitors (fee may apply)
- Individual Tours
- 1-2 meals per week
- Optional participation