A brand new adult community in southern Novato
The dynamic community of Hamilton Field in Novato has a brand new neighborhood taking shape. "Hamilton Cottages" is a 16-home Ryder Homes development of detached, single-family houses. It is an active adult community for people who are at least 62 years old (one owner must meet this requirement).
Hamilton Cottages is a first-of-its-kind development in the San Francisco Bay Area, and perhaps California. The builder's vision is to create a small-scale and social neighborhood that actually improves homeowners' health and quality of life.
The homes are clustered around a central, shared courtyard complete with fire pits, gazebos and an outdoor kitchen with a built-in BBQ. Each home features an inviting porch that provides easy access to the courtyard, creating a shared sense of community among neighbors.
Hamilton Cottages is modeled after similar "pocket developments" in other parts of the country, which have been very successful. There's even a book that's been written about this called Pocket Neighborhoods by architect Ross Chapin.
The homes are under construction but they are going up quickly now! Sales start soon and prices are expected to start in the low- to mid- $900,000s. These photos are from late fall 2019. Hamilton Cottages features four different floor plans. All are 2-story with the main living spaces, kitchen and master suites on the first level. Homes range in size from 1,601 to 2,542 square feet with 3 to 4 bedrooms and either an attached or detached 2-car garage.
This community could be great for retired people who are downsizing, folks seeking multi-generational living arrangements or those who have caregivers.
3BD |2.5BA | 1,601 SQ FEET
Plan 1 homes are Below Market Rate, meaning you must meet strict income requirements to qualify for a purchase. If you are interested in learning more about the development's two affordable homes, please get in touch with Isabel at Hello Housing by emailing , or you can visit Hello Housing for more information.
3BD | 2.5BA | 1,689 SQ FEET
Spacious 2-Story with a First Floor Master Suite and Loft with a Den Option. There are 5 of these homes for sale.
4BD | 3BA | 1,884 SQ FEET
Main Floor Master Suite + 4th Bedroom/Office Option on Main Floor. Loft Upstairs! There are 5 of these homes for sale.
4BD | 3.5BA | 2,542
Largest Plan with Attached 2-Car Garage and a Bonus Room or Optional Guest Suite! There are 4 of these homes for sale.
Prices and Other Details
Prices will likely start in the mid $900,000s. Buyers can select from among several different packages for finishes, which are categorized by design style (traditional, contemporary, etc.)
HOA fee is $494/month and includes access to the Hamilton Shuttle as well as many other maintenance services and trash fees. The HOA is not part of the Hamilton Field of Marin HOA (which covers the rest of Hamilton).
In addition to shared outdoor spaces, there is a community building and the new homeowners can decide how they want to use it. It has a kitchen and bathroom and is located next to community gardens.
SMART train station (the train -- which generally does not sound a horn -- runs north and south along Highway 101. Very soon it will run all the way to Larkspur where you can take the ferry to San Francisco)
Hamilton Marketplace with Safeway and many stores and restaurants
Beso restaurant in Hamilton
San Francisco Bay Trail access in Hamilton
Marin County Public Library in Hamilton
Public swimming pools in Hamilton
Pacheco Plaza with Nugget Market, Boca Pizza and other services just across the overpass in Ignacio
25 minutes to Sonoma Square
30 minutes to downtown San Francisco