Residential Design
    Community Design
Lake Claire Commons
   Planning Services






AIA Georgia Excellence Award for

Sustainability in 1998

City of Atlanta
Property Area
1 Acre
Land Preserved
Contributions to adjacent land trust
# Units
Developer Entity
Home Ownership
Fee Simple
Home Prices
$50,000 stacked flats to $145,000
Completed April 1997
Services Provided
Development consultation, finance consultation, marketing, programming, zoning, master plan, site plan, charter and HOA bylaws, architectural design and construction drawings of homes and community buildings, coordination of engineers, landscape planning.

Pedestrian planning, shared resources, affordable homes, centralized parking, hydronic heating, spray cellulose insulation in 2x6 exterior walls, passive cooling, cement fiber board siding, infiltration package, shared resources.

Lake Claire Cohousing Community is the first cohousing community in Georgia. It is located in a prewar neighborhood within the city of Atlanta. The area has enjoyed a steady increase in property values over the past 15 years, with a sudden surge in values in the past 4-5 years. A strong neighborhood association took an active interest in the project. Through a collaborative of Village Habitat Design, Preston & Associates Architects, the future residents, and the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, the community was developed to provide housing that is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and compliments the existing 1.5 acres of the Land Trust. It is one residential component of a 4.5 acre master plan. The design goals for the master plan include:

  • Minimize reliance on automobiles
  • Maximize shared resources and existing resources
  • Encourage community interaction
  • Land preservation and watershed protection
  • Work opportunities within walking/biking distance