Award Winners Missing Middle Housing Small Town/Rural

Wine Country Pocket Neighborhood – RiverHouse

Healdsburg, CA

How do you create sensible, reasonably-priced housing in a high-value place like California’s Wine Country? How can design promote a strong sense of community, to meet market?


That was the question Jim Heid of CRAFT Development, a Bay Area, California neighborhood developer, had when he came to Opticos with an urban infill site nestled along the Russian River just steps from downtown Healdsburg, CA.


As a response to Jim’s dilemma, Opticos envisioned a charming set of smaller but well-designed homes and accessory dwelling units placed intimately around a series of courtyard spaces that thoughtfully integrate existing trees. These quaint abodes add value to the existing neighborhood and reflect the charming character of Old California.

  • Award

    2019 PCBC Gold Nugget® Award of Merit for On the Boards Site Plan

  • Size

    1.37 acres

  • Housing

    8 Cottages, 4 ADUs

  • Building Types

    Cottage (1220 sf), ADU (400 sf)

The cottage court provides housing choices that will attract buyers, ranging from downsizing baby boomers to millennials looking for a strong sense of community.