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virtual mini-parks overflowing with every kind of colorful new plant. It was not uncommon for bungalow courts to be referred to as "garden cottages."


Bungalow courts offered the best attributes of single-family homes and apartments combined. They were reasonable in price to rent and had the added attraction of a reasonable level of privacy. Public spaces were shared but often the courts had individual side or rear yards for gardening or drying clothes. Thus there were ample opportunities to interact with the rest of the community, while maintaining a degree of autonomy and private space.


They were complete miniaturized bungalows, as self-contained as a boat. In 1917, Sunset Magazine described them as having "buffet, cooler, cabinet kitchen, linen closet, laundry tray on the screen porch, first-class plumbing, electric lights, gas for cooking or heating with most disappearing beds, open fireplaces, hardwood floors in the living rooms and ample closet space."


Researchers have found that there were nearly 300 full bungalow courts and over 150 half courts built in San Diego prior to World War II. They also found that nearly 80 percent


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