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Region Matters Thought Leadership

Clarkston’s Big Idea to Boost Home Ownership Is to Go Small

By Aixa Pascual

A new development of Craftsman-style micro-cottages one block from downtown Clarkston is giving some a shot at home ownership.

Cottages on Vaughan, a neighborhood of eight one-bedroom homes – each under 492-square-feet built – sold out quickly earlier this year at prices that ranged from $120,000 to $200,000. None was subsidized. Cottages on Vaughan is a collaboration between the City of Clarkston and the MicroLife Institute, a local developer that advocates for zoning policies that foster connecting community. The innovative project aligns with the city’s 2040 goal of providing more home ownership opportunities and with the desires of its residents expressed in the Clarkston Speaks survey.

“Social equity is inherently built into the Cottages on Vaughan,” said William Johnston, executive director of the MicroLife Institute and a Cottages resident. “These homes create an opportunity to accessible home ownership for anyone looking to either downsize their way to happiness or buy their first home.”

Cottages on Vaughan is the winner of ARC’s 2021 Regional Excellence Award for Innovative Development. Read on at What’s Next ATL.


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