from WE CAN (Walkable Eugene Citizens Advisory Network):
"A Cottage Cluster is a group of small, detached homes clustered around a central outdoor common space. Typically, some of the homes face the common space, while others face the street. t. The cottages in the cluster are small-- usually less than 1000 square feet. Each cottage has its own small yard and covered porch, and they share a central outdoor common space. A variety of rental and ownership options are possible.
"Cottages are ideal for individuals and couples who don't want a big house, but would still enjoy some private outdoor space, a small garden or a patio. They can make ideal “starter homes”, or good options for busy working families who are able to live with less space and are short of time for maintaining a large home.
"The 'cluster' nature of Cottage Clusters can add connectedness to our lives. Older single people often enjoy the social contacts and security of living close to neighbors. Cluster cottages are also ideal for intentional communities—such as communities for downsizing retirees or cooperative living groups.
in Eugene, Oregon
Milwaukie (Oregon) Cottage Cluster Code and 2019 study
Chapin, Ross. Pocket Neighborhoods.