EAST LAKE COMMONS
Winner- World Habitat Award 2000
Winner- AIA HUD 2001
Housing and Community Design Award
Dekalb County, 4 miles from downtown Atlanta
12 Acres, 60% of Site
East Lake Commons Inc.: Non-Profit
Fee Simple w/ HOA
$90,000 to $225,000
All 67 units closed as of December, 2000
Programming, Zoning, Master Plan, Site Plan, Schematic design
of homes and community buildings, landscape planning, and
|Land Preservation, pedestrian layout, shared resources, storm
water filtration and retention, centralized parking, organic
gardens, HOA owned assets to be shared.
The second cohousing community planned by Village Habitat Design
in Georgia, East Lake Commons is located in a reemerging
area of Atlanta.
20 acres were zoned for duplexes on 7500 sq. ft. lots. A
zoning variance allowed for the entire 67 homes to be placed
on less than 1/2 of the land. The other 60% will be gardens,
woodland, pond, and play field.
The pedestrian layout of the community is an important feature.
The safety and security of the residents is increased by
keeping the cars at the periphery. Playing children will
not be threatened by auto traffic. Visitors to the community
will be visible to the residents. The generous courtyards,
plazas, and lanes provide pleasant recreation and gathering
places for residents of all ages.
The active residents' group has
been instrumental in all phases of marketing and developing
the project. They have brought a tremendous amount of energy,
expertise, and community focus.