Missing Middle Housing

Missing Middle is a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.

Explore The Types of Missing Middle Housing and read our insights.

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A fourplex is a medium-size Missing Middle housing type that consists of four units: typically two on the ground floor and two above with a shared entry.Fourplex

A multiplex consists of five to 10 side-by-side and/or stacked dwelling units, typically with one shared entry or individual entries along the front.Multiplex Small

A townhouse is a Missing Middle housing type small- to medium-sized structure, consisting of two to eight attached single-family homes placed side by side.Townhouse

A live/work unit is a Missing Middle housing type consisting of a dwelling unit above or behind a flexible ground-floor space for residential or retail use.Live & Work

A courtyard apartment building consists of multiple side-by-side and/or stacked dwelling units accessed from a courtyard. Entries may be separate or shared.Courtyard Apartments

“Well-designed ‘Missing Middle’ buildings unify the walkable streetscape as they greatly diversify the choices available for households of different age, size, and income. Smaller households tend to eat out more, helping our neighborhood attract wonderful restaurants. Diverse households keep diverse hours meaning we have more people out walking our streets at more varied hours—keeping them safer.” — Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs


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