What is a Cottage Court?
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.
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.
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.