Keller Court Commons

Category: Live
Petaluma, CA

Developed on 1.7 acres of land with views of the hills to the west, this “pocket neighborhood” has eight detached two-story, 1,500 square-foot homes centered around a common building with adjacent patio and bocce ball court.

The concept of a “pocket neighborhood” was pioneered by developer Jim Soules, who has developed seven similar communities in the Seattle area. With cars at the back of each home and street access only at the perimeter of the neighborhood, the focus of each property is the inviting front porch and shared community spaces at the center. This reinforces a sense of community, facilitating connection while offering privacy within each home.

Structural framing for the nine buildings consists mainly of wood, with metal featured architecturally at awnings and surrounding canopies. Sustainability goals were met with the use of fly ash in concrete foundations and site walls, photovoltaic panels on rooftops, and high-efficiency water heaters. Each detached garage is also wired for a future electric vehicle charger on its own electric meter.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jim Soules 

Size 14,000 sf
Completed 2018
Construction Cost ~$12M
Architect MAD Architecture
Contractor Jacobs Classic Construction
Owner Keller Court Commons, LLC.
Gold Nugget Grand Award - Best Residential Detached Cluster Housing
Pacific Coast Builders, 2018