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!
Return to Journal
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!
The Vision Takes Shape in the Desert
October 31, 2018
The Vision Takes Shape in the DesertEric Naslund
Thrive School Opens in Linda Vista
Bungalow Courts – Tiny Homes 1.0
September 21, 2018
Bungalow Courts – Tiny Homes 1.0John Sheehan
UCLA Saxon brings home the gold
Winner of prestigious American Architecture Award
June 20, 2018
Winner of prestigious American Architecture AwardMaxine Ward
Congratulations are in order!
May 25, 2018