The setting of a house – how it is located on and sized to fit a lot – should also be compatible with the rest of the historic district. The lots in Broadacres are large — between 0.8 and 2.0 acres. Most homes in Broadacres are two stories in height. They are set back at least 60 feet from the street, near the center of the lot. Yards are thickly planted with azalea and camellia bushes, as well as magnolia, pecan, and Japanese yew trees. Many houses are shielded from view by hedges or fences along the street. Garages or carports are detached, located behind the house at the rear of the lot, and accessed via driveways.

When considering a building project within the Broadacres Historic District, please refer to this chart. It shows which setting-related elements are compatible and which are not. Definitions of common terms can be found in the glossary.

Compatible Incompatible
  • Driveways next to the house (mid-block)
  • Driveways from side streets (corner lots)
  • Parking pads in front of the building
Garages and Carports
  • Detached
  • Located in rear half of the lot; often fully or partially obscured visually by house in front
  • Attached to the building
  • In front of the house
  • Carport
  • Two or two-and-a-half stories
  • Finished attic space with dormers
  • One story
  • Three or more stories
Front setback
  • 60 feet
  • More than 60 feet