What is a Cottage Court?

 
 
Credit: pocket-neighborhoods.net

Credit: pocket-neighborhoods.net

Pocket Neighborhoods -

or Cottage Courts - creatively organize smaller homes around a shared green space to use land resources more efficiently, create a more connected and intentional neighborhood, and prioritize walk-ability over private automobile use. The concept was pioneered in Seattle and has gone on to great acclaim throughout the Pacific Northwest, inspired by developers such as the Cottage Company.

Pocket Neighborhoods by Ross Chapin

Pocket Neighborhoods by Ross Chapin


The vision for RiverHouse

emanated from housing conversations in our community where many Healdsburg residents expressed a desire to see new forms of housing that would meet their changing lifestyle or life stage. The 'Cottage Court' was consistently favored over all other forms of new residential development, because their smaller scale reflect the town's historic cottages, and uses remaining residential sites more efficiently.

Real time slide data from Community Workshop silent polling in March 2015 Credit: City of Healdsburg

Real time slide data from Community Workshop silent polling in March 2015
Credit: City of Healdsburg


Source: Properties North, LLC *Boundaries are approximate

Source: Properties North, LLC
*Boundaries are approximate

The unique location and shape of 125 Kennedy Lane

made the concept of the Cottage Court feasible here in Healdsburg. The deep site, with mature fruit and Redwood trees, provides a visual and physical connection to the Russian River and proximity to downtown via the recently built Foss Creek Trail. This site affords the chance to take all that is great about Healdsburg and bring it forward in one great, small, pocket neighborhood.


After assembling a talented team

of local and national consultants, numerous studies were undertaken to create the current site plan. The lotting and resulting homes have been carefully tested using three dimensional modeling tools to ensure the creation of a comfortable, neighbor -friendly arrangement of five 1300 SF cottages, and three accessory dwelling units, all while respecting surrounding residences and the Russian River.

Source: Properties North, LLC Credit: Opticos Design

Source: Properties North, LLC
Credit: Opticos Design

 

 

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