Greenwood Avenue Cottages


Eight small houses of this ‘pocket neighborhood’ enclose a shared comunity green. Each dwelling has its own private yard, surrounded by a low fence and garden gate. Garages and parking are clustered off to the side — a design feature that has residents walking through the commons as a way of fostering a strong sense of community.

This project was a joint venture with the Cottage Company and was developed under the City of Shoreline’s new Cottage Housing Development (CHD) code. The cottages range in size from 768 to 998 square feet.

Cottages around a garden…

The hallmark of the development is a landscaped common garden designed to foster a cohesive community and provide a sense of place. The cottage homes, each with a private yard, are arranged around a commons with perennial flower borders, lawn, fruit trees and a tool shed. To the west side of the courtyard is a Commons Building containing a multi-purpose workshop for fixing a bike, planting seedlings or having a party. All cottages include a large covered porch, flower boxes, private yard, gas stove-type fireplaces, gas tank-less water heaters, wood floors, vaulted ceilings, unique interior details, great light and a sense of fun. Each owner has a single car garage (with openers) and there are seven unassigned parking spaces. The cottages were sold as condominiums.