The Sonoma Commons neighborhood is organized around a new version of a traditional tree-lined street. Six small duplex “houses” flank each side of the street, with two triplex houses and a paved court at the end. In the center of the court are two palm trees, referring to the historic town square nearby. Beyond the court is a free-standing Community Building surrounded by an outdoor children’s play area and a vegetable garden for resident use.
This houses relate to early Sonoma cottage housing with gabled roof, chimneys, small porches, board-and-batten siding and single-hung windows. Driveways with grass lined strips run between them, leading to garages behind each house. Open spaces between houses reveal distant landscape vistas rather than parked automobiles. The sidewalk along the east side is aligned with an axial view of the Community Building designed as a house reminiscent of a ranch homestead.