We are four young families, two older couples, and a nature-loving tech wizard. But don't let age fool you. Marijke, in her eighties, is perhaps the sturdiest hiker of us all and she frequently heads up the mountain trails to explore the woods. Some of us have already built homes, and others are planning to build soon. We are all actively involved in decision-making at the commons, and we participate in monthly meetings as well as several smaller committees, such as the Land Use Committee, which oversees the management and stewardship of Windekind land. We are still growing as a community, and two lots remain available, so let us know if you might be interested in possible joining our small community! Here is some more information, as well as some photos, of who we are:
Jennifer and Matt and their two school aged children are currently renting Breidablick at Windekind and are in the process of building a cabin on their parcel. They moved to Vermont in 2018, first living in the nearby town of Hinesburg before finding a beautiful piece of property to call home. Matt and Jennifer originally hail from New Jersey and southern California, respectively, but met and lived in Alaska before moving to Missouri and then to Vermont. After years of moving around the country, they are excited to have found a place to settle and to develop the close relationships that come with cohousing.
We have been living in a co-housing community in Atlanta, Georgia since 2016. Mark was not so sure when we first moved but is now totally sold on it. We truly believe it is a better way to live. Mark and Kiva met in Nicaragua in 2010. Since then they have lived in 3 different states, opened two opened two businesses, traveled the world, and had two incredible kids. Mark is originally from the Atlanta area, but escaped to Nicaragua where he lived for five years. There he surfed, managed multiple different businesses, survived on meager servings of rice and beans, and met his true love Kiva :) He loves to play soccer, talk politics, and spend time with his family. Kiva is from the Redwood Coast of northern California. She spent her teen years traveling on a sailboat with her family, and has never really stopped traveling. Before having kids, she spent the majority of her time teaching and performing dance, working internationally, and being outdoors. Now she spends her time running around after kids. Kiva loves to be outside with her hands in the dirt, anything that requires her to move her body, cooking and making kid's toys.
Emily & William originally moved to Windekind to be close to family, skiing & this outwardly friendly, small community. We both travel frequently, splitting our time between Vermont & Connecticut, and place a tremendous value on this grounding sense of community when at home. Windekind seemed like the perfect place for us. Since our move, we’ve watched Windekind grow from that fledgling community into this wonderful neighborhood, vibrant &full of young families, and we’ve just really enjoyed this genuine process of growing close to our neighbors. It really is that picturesque, quaint, mountain community that we are lucky to call home.
Mark and Diane Lavine, along with their daughter Ash (19), moved to Windekind from Pittsburgh PA ten months ago. Their son Daniel (22) continues to live in the Pittsburgh area. They are both originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. They both love the outdoors and used to backpack in the Sierras every year. Going for hikes on the Windekind trails is a daily routine for them. Diane has taught high school math in the past, and is currently very active in Windekind development. Mark retired from UL, a safety testing company, when they recently moved to Windekind. He speaks some French and plays classical piano. The family is in the process of restoring their house after a fire destroyed destroyed the garage and damaged some of the main residence, but they are back living in their home and excited about their future at Windekind.
David was born in Boston and has a love of the northern New England mountains. He's got an advanced degree in physical science, has done a bit of research and has spent the better part of the last 25 years designing and making things. His interests span current events, travel, outdoor activities, photography and (most of all) unproductive inactivity.
David owns Breidablick.
Short and maybe just a little funny.
Nicole moved to Windekind in August of 2023. She purchased a parcel to build her forever home and is currently living in the studio apartment as that process begins. Nicole is originally from Philadelphia and has lived in Vermont for almost 30 years. She spends her time hiking in Vermont all year round as well as the Adirondacks during the summer months. You can also find her paddling as often as possible in the summer months. Nicole has 2 rescue dogs, Alvin from South Carolina and Theodora who was rescued from the streets while on a work trip in Puerto Rico.
Katie and Ari are the latest family to join Windekind. They purchased Hilltop and are just now starting to build their new home. We hope that by Fall they will be able to move in. Both enjoy hiking, and they make frequent trips up the hill to hit the Windekind trails. They both moved here from the Pittsburgh area, and before that they lived in Northern California. We are very excited to welcome them as neighbors.