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#1 BlueMound


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Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

Courts with a new spark


The courtyard apartment is an idea whose time has come back. Amid today's high-rise building trend, the need for such urban oases -- infused with a communal spirit -- is greater than ever.

"Before I moved from Northern to Southern California last year, my wife, baby daughter and I lived in a place that belongs to the second category: a one-bedroom apartment with a fireplace, a window seat and a secluded patio in a garden court complex in Piedmont, in the hills just south of Berkeley.

The single-story complex, which includes nine rental apartments arranged, in a pair of U-shaped arms, around a shared garden, was probably designed by the architect Irving Gill."


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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

I love this idea. My condo complex here in Austin consists of 6 buildings built around a common courtyard. The courtyard has become a great place to meet neighbors, barbecue, have cocktails, and even hold outdoor music concerts with local musicians. When I was in the market, I debated whether to buy a condo in one of Austin's new highrises or in the complex with the very cool and very beautifully landscaped courtyard. I'm very happy with the courtyard choice.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

I can't help but think of the apartments that were demolished to make room for The Modern Art Museum on University Dr. The name of the apartments slip my mind at the moment. 


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:40 PM


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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

There is one of these on Race Street in FTW.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

There are several examples in and around the Near Southside.  My wife lived in a beautifully restored courtyard complex on College near Magnolia for several years.

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