Bungalow Court


This building type consists of a series of small, detached structures, providing multiple units arranged to define a shared court that is typically perpendicular to the street. The shared court takes the place of a private rear yard and is an important community-enhancing element.

Typical Specifications

Lot Front-loaded Rear-Loaded
Width* N/A 100–150 feet
Depth* N/A 100–150 feet
Area* N/A 10,000–22,500 sq. ft.
  0.23–0.52 acres
Number of Units 5–10
Typical Unit Size 500–800 sq. ft.
Net Density 19–35 du/acre
Gross Density 8–31 du/acre
Parking Ratio*
On-street Spaces 5–7
Off-street Spaces 0–1 per unit
Front* 10–25 feet
Side* 5–15 feet
Rear (main building)* 5–15 feet
Between Main and Accessory Buildings 5–10 feet
Building Size
Width 18–24 feet max.
Depth 24–36 feet max.
Height (to eave)* 12–14 feet max.
* Varies based on context

Idealized specifications take the best characteristics of this type and update them for today’s typical building standards, serving as a model for new development.

Rear Loaded

Ideal Specifications

Width 110 feet
Depth 160 feet
Area 17,600 sq. ft.
  0.4 acres
Number of Units 8 units
Typical Unit Size 840 sq. ft.
Net Density 19.8 du/acre
Gross Density 15.8 du/acre
Parking Ratio 1.8 per unit
On-street Spaces 5
Off-street Spaces 1 per unit max.
Front 10 feet
Side 6 feet
Rear (main building) 5 feet
Between Main and Accessory Buildings 8 feet
Building Size
Width 24 feet
Depth 35 feet
Height (to eave) 15 feet

The following example(s) show this housing type documented as real-world examples as they exist today. NOTE: Documented examples may be not be up to today’s local building code standards. See the Idealized tab for up-to-date specifications in line with modern building standards.