This trend-setting pocket neighborhood is the result of the passion generated by a broad base of people who believe new housing choices are needed and took the risks to pioneer new models that build community, address sustainability & provide for 'smart growth'. People on every level paved the way for the Third Street Cottages: a forward-thinking state government, a pro-active planning director, an innovative architect, a sensitive developer, an enlightened banker, and a supportive local community.
Third Street Cottages is located in a small town on Whidbey Island, just an hour drive and short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. To preserve its character, diversity and to discourage the spread of placeless sprawl, the community adopted a forward-thinking "Cottage Housing Development" (CHD) single-family zoning code provision that made Third Street Cottages legally possible. The Third Street Cottages consist of eight detached, one bedroom plus loft cottages clustered around a garden courtyard with detached parking. Built on four single family lots (each 7,200 SF), these homes were the first in the United States to utilize a 'cottage housing development' land use code, allowing a 100 percent density increase for size-limited (all cottages were less than 1,000 square-feet) smaller homes in all single-family residential zones.
The Third Street Cottages is designed by Ross Chapin AIA, Ross Chapin Architects.
Kitsap Business Journal features Ericksen Cottages & Chico Beach Cottages architect Charlie Wenzlau
Ericksen Cottages & Chico Beach Cottages architect Charlie Wenzlau is featured in a story profiling the broad scope of his great work on Bainbridge Island and in Kitsap County.
Better Homes & Gardens magazine features The Cottage Company!
BH&G featured one of our Seattle home renovations in it's April 2013 edition. The home was completely rebuilt as new renovation that includes many energy efficient features and rain gardens that infiltrate 100% of the storm water runoff from the property!
Linda Pruitt Keynote Speaker at Delaware Housing Summit
Join Linda Pruitt and other thought-leaders for 'Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware', a day long summit on November 13, 2012.
Chico Beach Cottages a Builders Choice Grand Award Winner!
Chico Beach Cottages was selected to receive a Grand Award for single family community at the 32nd annual Builders Choice Design & Planning Awards!
Bainbridge Island Library presents Home at the Library , 'Small Footprint Homes'
Join Linda Pruitt, Charlie Wenzlau and Russ Hamlet in a free presentation entitled 'Small Footprint Homes' at the Bainbridge Island Library!
Chico Beach Cottages featured in Professional Builder magazine!
Professional Builder magazine features Chico Beach Cottages in a story entitled 'Young at heart: Designing homes for the new 50+ market'. Thanks to writer Susan Bady!
National Association of Realtors
The National Association of Realtors Winter 2012 'Sustainable Housing' edition of their national publication 'On Common Ground', features extensive coverage of our pocket neighborhood communities in an article entitled 'Building Community'.
The Cottage Company featured in USA Today
USA Today profiled homeowners in our Greenwood Avenue Cottages pocket neighborhood community!
Alaska Airlines features The Cottage Company!
Alaska Airlines March 2011 in-flight magazine features The Cottage Company in an article by Jennifer Haupt titled 'Low Maintenance Living'. View the digital edition on Page 98.
Cottage Living Magazine
Cottage Living Magazine features our Greenwood Avenue Cottages, Danielson Grove and Third Street Cottages communities.
World Changing Seattle
The online publication, World Changing Seattle, published an October 2008 story featuring our Danielson Grove & Third Street Cottages communities.
Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine
Pacific NW Magazine features our Danielson Grove community in an article by Valerie Easton.