The Best Cottage Neighborhoods

Delray neighborhood in Alexandria
Cottage Home neighborhood in Indianapolis
Albemarle in Asheville NC

During each of the three years immediately prior to its ceasing publication, Cottage Living magazine published its choices for the Top Cottage Neighborhoods. For those of you not fortunate enough to have seen these lists, we have decided to re-publish them for your files.

The first list, originally issued in 2006, included ten older, established neighborhoods across the country.  Here is that list, along with links to the summaries published by the magazine for each local community. (Note that, since the home page for Cottage Living's website has been taken down these may be disrupted at any time.)

These ten were selected from hundreds of communities and feature "... places with porches and gardens, parks and playgrounds; streets where you can stroll to locally owned shops and restaurants; areas with architecture that makes your heart skip a beat; places where neighbors know your name and are trustworthy, dependable, and free for a cookout on Friday night."

Here are the top cottage communities chosen for 2006:


 First Addition, Portland, OR

 Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena, CA

 Willo, Phoenix, AZ

 Old West Austin, Austin TX

 Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis, MN

 Cottage Home, Indianapolis, IN

 Albemarle Park, Asheville, NC

 Historic Kenwood, St. Petersburg, FL

 Del Ray, Alexandria, VA

 Five Sisters, Burlington, VT


For 2007, Cottage Living selected the following as the Best Cottage Communities.


The Bungalow Belt  (Chicago, Illinois)

Ohio City (Cleveland, Ohio)

The Poplar Community (Boulder, Colorado)


High Point Seattle, Washington

 Fields of St. Croix (Lake Elmo, Minnesota)


Edenton Mill Village (Edenton, North Carolina)


Daybreak (Salt Lake City, Utah)


Cottage Square  (Ocean Springs, Mississippi)

Amory Park del Sol (Tuscon, Arizona)