Mirror Lake Highland will celebrate the grand opening of its new model Oct. 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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FEDERAL WAY — Whether it is your “empty nest” or “early nest,” Mirror Lake Highland was built for you. All homes are designed to leave a small footprint but to live large, and every space is designed to accommodate more than one use.

This cottage-housing pocket neighborhood is the result of a design competition sponsored by the city of Federal Way to showcase cottage housing and sustainable development. The design at Mirror Lake Highland, by The Nexus Studio, was selected as the best among the entrants.

“The Nexus Studio architecture at Mirror Lake Highland is truly classic,” says Bill McCaffrey, the architect, developer and builder of Mirror Lake Highland. “If you ever dreamed of a vintage craftsman bungalow, but with all of today’s conveniences and energy efficient green features, you get the idea.”

The grand opening of the Franklin model home takes place Oct. 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mirror Lake Highland features custom-quality “right-sized” homes with three bedrooms, two baths, a master on the main floor and a 560-square-foot Commons Building. Homes are priced starting in the low $400,000s.

Many of the homes will enjoy views of nearby Mirror Lake.

This cottage-housing pocket neighborhood is the result of a design competition sponsored by the city of Federal Way to showcase cottage housing and sustainable development.
This cottage-housing pocket neighborhood is the result of a design competition sponsored by the city of Federal Way to showcase cottage housing and sustainable development.

McCaffrey says the most pertinent recent compliment came from a down-sizing couple who visited the model and stated, “This home includes all of the space that we actually use in our current, much-larger home.”

“Presale interest also supports the current trend of 55-plus and millennial buyers looking for similar type and size homes,” McCaffrey says.

These types of pocket neighborhoods are controlled by cottage-housing zoning ordinances that limit the size, height, design and orientation of the homes, as well as dictating required amounts of common open space. McCaffrey says the result promotes stability, security and community.

“Cottage-housing pocket neighborhoods hearken back to an era when walkable, stable neighborhoods were central to our daily lives, and the simplest security system was interacting with your neighbors on a daily basis,” he says.

For virtual tours of the site and two floor plans offered in the community, visit mirrorlakehighland.com. Information about nearby amenities is also available on the website.