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Cluster housing provides the benefits of a townhome with the privacy of a single family home. Usually smaller than a single family home, cluster housing is situated around courtyards and parking courts. With this approach there is generally around 10 to 12 units per acre.
Townhomes or rowhouses combine lower maintenance needs with valuable community amenities and an urban location at a lower price point than a traditional single family home in exchange for less privacy and space. Usually, townhomes yield 12-18 units per acre.
Cluster homes, or Manor homes, are smaller walk-up style multifamily buildings. They fit multiple residences in a mansion-scale structure with around 15 to 22 units per acre.
Garden apartments are what is currently thought of as the “typical” suburban multifamily structure. They are a good option for larger sites and can fit between around 19 to 25 units per acre.
Village clusters or urban-suburban multifamily homes are a hybrid option between garden-style apartments and structured parking solutions. This type can generally fit between 26 to 40 units per acre.
Called the “Texas Donut” Wrap, this is a four story structure in which housing wraps around a central parking structure. This scenario provides ample parking on-site, compactly. It yields around 41 to 75 units per acre, compactly.
A five story building with a central garage structure utilizing Type IIIA construction. Building to this height is dependent upon local fire codes as it is not allowed by all municipalities, but if this option is available it fits around 80 to 95 units per acre.
This four or five story building places residences on top of a garage podium. It efficiently uses the site up to the maximum height for “wood” construction. In most cases, it fits between 90 and 115 units per acre.
Mid-Rise housing is a great option for very urban or transit sites and features seven to eight stories above a parking podium and/or below grade parking. In most cases this scenario achieves around 116 to 150 units per acre.
High-Rise housing is ideal in very dense, very urban locations but of course comes with higher construction costs. It provides the biggest return in terms of units per acre, which in most cases is around 140 to 300+ units.