DEFINING POPULAR HOME STYLES

Posted by DB Wilson on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 4:34pm.

When you’re in the market for a new home, one of the first things you should do—after getting your finances in order and deciding on a few choice locations—is determine the style of house you are looking for.  Often, we meet with a client who has begun their house hunt, but really hasn’t narrowed down the type of property they are looking for.  Many clients aren’t sure how to differentiate among the various property styles, so when they browse listings they don’t know what to keep an eye out for. Here are a few of the most popular home styles.

Victorian. These homes are ideal for those interested in unique architecture, large porches and picturesque bay windows—all features typical of the Victorian style of home.  As they are older homes, Victorians often need a lot of work, and can vary in price greatly. While it is possible to find updated Victorians, they are generally great homes for those interested in a fixer-upper.

Ranch. This style of home has only one-level, with a basement and an attached garage. These homes are great starter properties as they are easier to maintain than a multi-level home.

Bi-Level. Also known as a split ranch, the bi-level home rarely has a basement, as the lower level is also the entry level. Popular in the ‘50s, bi-levels usually feature a built-in garage.

Split level. Split levels often have a ground level living area, such as a den or family room, with the next level containing the kitchen and dining area, and bedrooms on the third floor.  These homes offer a good amount of space while maintaining a moderate size, which makes them popular.

Tudor. Tudors have a distinctive look, usually involving wood trim, slate roofs, stucco and an interesting combination of angles. They are unique and spacious, generally including a built-in garage.  Like the Victorians, Tudors vary in price and maintenance needs as they are older homes, popular in the 1800s and ‘20s.

Colonial.  Colonials are classic in both appearance and structure—they are generally well built, spacious and elegant. Many have a traditional layout, including kitchen and living spaces—often with a formal dining room and living room—on the main floor, and bedrooms and bathrooms on a second floor.  Colonials frequently have attached porches, as well as basements and attics, making them desirable properties.

Contemporary. This style of home is becoming more in demand in developed areas, or places with an abundance of vacation properties.  Contemporary properties are extremely customizable, and usually have resort-style features such as cathedral ceilings, multiple decks or unique window units. They are casual, yet luxurious, which makes them a great choice for a second home.

For more information on popular home styles, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000, or 1-800-825-7000.

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in National Real Estate & Relocation magazine. Real Trends ranked them #1 in the Nation for Closed Sales Volume for 2010. Regionally, for the 4th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder

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