In our collective search for solutions to California’s affordable housing crisis - we can look no further than our own backyard for one proven solution worthy of reconsideration. We refer to the ubiquitous Pre-WWII bungalow court. Small cottages encircling a semi-public open space - San Diego and its neighboring cities have a veritable catalog of examples. Designed to address the workforce housing challenges of their day - these compact developments comfortably slipped into standard 50 X 100 foot lots among single-family homes in leafy neighborhoods. Though diminutive, the bungalows provided all the comforts of domesticity along with a shared garden in which to mingle among like-minded neighbors. Most were built near transit (street cars) and neighborhood shops and services. With the current interest in Tiny Homes and Accessory Dwelling Units - the courts offer a close-at-hand example of highly livable medium-density housing. Architects and developers would do well to take note!
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This is a handful of local examples. We are curious about others. Please snap a shot of a favorite cottage court near you and share it with us!
Winner of prestigious American Architecture Award
June 20, 2018
Winner of prestigious American Architecture AwardMaxine Ward
Bungalow Courts – Tiny Homes 1.0
June 20, 2018
Bungalow Courts – Tiny Homes 1.0John Sheehan
Congratulations are in order!
May 25, 2018