Bungalow court

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The Don Carlos Court in Pasadena, California

A bungalow court is a style of multi-family housing which features several small houses arranged around a central garden. The bungalow court was created in Pasadena, California in 1909 and was the predominant form of multi-family housing in Southern California from the 1910s through the 1930s. Homes in bungalow courts were generally small, low-rise houses in the spirit of bungalow design; however, the homes were designed in a variety of architectural styles, including Swiss chalet and Spanish Colonial Revival. Bungalow courts also integrated their courtyards with the homes, providing green space to homeowners.[1]

Bungalow courts were generally marketed at people who wanted the amenities of a single-family home without its high cost. While each family in a bungalow court had its own house and garden, upkeep and land were shared among the residents.[2]

Bungalow courts were especially popular in Pasadena, the city of their origin. The courts' design prompted the Pasadena City Council to pass regulations requiring all multi-family housing in the city to be centered on a landscaped courtyard. In addition, of the 112 surviving bungalow courts in Pasadena, 43 have a historic designation such as a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The city is attempting to list the remaining eligible courts due to the design's role in Pasadena history.[4]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Dennis. "Bungalow Courts: Designed for California Living". Redondo Beach Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 17, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bungalow Courts". Fullerton Heritage. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bungalow Courts in Pasadena". Planning & Community Development. City of Pasadena. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Williams, Janette (February 16, 2011). "New tally of Pasadena's historic bungalow courts". Pasadena Star-News. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.