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Alexi Morrison

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First pubish date: December 17, 2015
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Most popular residential luxury home styles

Or maybe you’re the type of person who likes a variety of styles, and just wants to know what’s hot. Either way, look no further! Here’s a quick and easy rundown of the ten of the most popular homes styles.

Is a new home in your future? With the real estate market finally gaining steam after the crash of 2007/2008, it’s a good time to get back in the market or make the move to a better property. Home prices increased 5.7 on a year-to-year basis in 2015. Still, 60% of the most populous counties in the nation experienced buyers’ markets conditions — homes selling for less than the market value.

If you’ve already started to browse, you’ve probably encountered listings that mention styles and wondered to yourself “What exactly characterizes an X style house?”. Or maybe you’re the type of person who likes a variety of styles, and just wants to know what’s hot. Either way, look no further! Here’s a quick and easy rundown of the ten of the most popular homes styles.

Clean, geometric lines are what define the modern style. There’s a fair amount of confusion out there regarding “modern” and “contemporary” — the two terms are sometimes used interchangeable. This, however, is incorrect; contemporary actually refers to homes built recently, regardless of the actual style. A proper modern home is one inspired by the historical art movement known as modernism. It is defined by open living spaces, minimal ornamentation, and the prioritization of function over form.

Modern Mercer Island

Address: 9950 Se 35th Place Mercer Island, Washington 98040 United States

Modern Mercer Island - 23 pictures and address

Description: "Exquisite Luxury Modern Estate poised on 110' of Lake WA shoreline evokes its natural environment. Perfect execution of impeccable custom details and the finest hand selected natural materials. Walls of windows, luxe waterside master suite, state of the art…

Craftsman style
In recent years, the Craftsman style home has become incredibly popular and a common choice for new construction. The style originated with the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. Also sometimes referred to as “bungalow” style, it is characterized by use of natural materials — often a combination of stone and wood on the exterior. Large exposed beams are common inside and out, and the best examples of the style feature built-in furniture, fireplaces, and open floor plans graced by wood flooring. The overall feels is natural, yet clean and somewhat modern, as opposed to rustic or cabin-like.

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Address: 570 Stetson Place SW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Bainbridge Island, Washington - 20 pictures and address

Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and the name of the island in Puget Sound on which the city is situated. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census, making Bainbridge Island the second largest…

Price: $2,900,000 View all 20 photos

Country style/Colonial
The Colonial style originated in the 18th century, brought to the U.S. by colonists from Europe. Traditional colonials are rather uniform in appearance, with two windows on either side of the front door and a series of five windows on top. The windows and doors align vertically from floor to floor. Country style is simply a more modern interpretation of this style, with more variation in configuration – while still paying homage to the tradition.

Asheville, North Carolina Colonial

Address: 14 Eastwood Road In Asheville, North Carolina 28803

Asheville, North Carolina Colonial - 25 pictures and address

Description: "Classicism redefined for today's living. Gracious large rooms crowned w/original moldings many w/ fireplaces create the casually elegant lifestyle so popular today. Sited on over 3 private level acres w/space for sports and gardens the property has been home…

Price: $3,195,000 View all 25 photos

Unlike other categories, a contemporary, sometimes casually referred to as “traditional,” home can somewhat defy easy categorization. Contemporary homes can reflect a wide range of styles; however, they follow common trends in recently built homes — including large, open floor plans, abundant windows, and a blending of indoor and outdoor spaces (depending somewhat on what local climactic conditions allow).

Anna Cara, Riverfront in Australia

Address: 98 Carr Street Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads, Victoria, 3227

Anna Cara, Riverfront in Australia - 25 pictures and address

Description: "EOI Closing 15th August at 5pm (Unless Sold Prior). Anna Cara’ boasts expansive river frontage with views that will take your breath away. Just one look and you’ll know that this is what you’ve been waiting for. Magnificent views…

Value: $3,000,000 View all 25 photos

This style originated — where else — in the Mediterranean region of Europe. In the early to mid 20th century, it gained popularity in the U.S. Its defining characteristics include tile roofs, arched doorways and porches, and a stucco or stone exterior. Heavy wooden doors and tile floors are common finishing touches.

Beverly Hills Mediterranean

Address: 2680 Bowmont Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Beverly Hills Mediterranean - 40 pictures and address

Description: "Welcome to paradise. Reminiscent of an Italian countryside villa, this exquisite and gated Mediterranean estate is situated in a private enclave with spectacular views. This grand estate features a beautiful dramatic foyer, spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining…

Price: $11,995,000 View all 40 photos

If there’s any home style that could be considered a timeless American classic, the ranch style is definitely it. Popularized across the country in the 1950s and 1960s, the style originated from the West and Southwest U.S. — on ranches, unsurprisingly. A universal characteristic of the ranch is single-story construction. Simple, low roof lines are also a common feature. Large ranch homes tend to be sprawling in appearance, a natural result of being confined to a single story.

Angel Valley Ranch

Address: 38741 Lulay Rd Scio,Oregon, 97374 United States

Angel Valley Ranch - 27 pictures and address

Description: "Nationally recognized as one of Oregon's dream homes, Angel Valley Farm is one of the most extraordinary properties in the Pacific NW. Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, an easy drive from Portland, this 375 acre private…

Price: $5,900,000 View all 27 photos

Originating in England, Tudor style offers a distinctive look that has appealed to many in the U.S. for generations. Roof lines are steeply pitched and multi-gabled in the Tudor style, and the exterior is almost always characterized by half-timber framing set against white stucco or board. Brown brick and dark wood timber set against white is the defining color scheme that accompanies the look of this classic style.

Conyers Farm Estate, Greenwich CT

Address: 17 Cowdray Park Drive, Armonk, New York, 10504 United States

Conyers Farm Estate, Greenwich CT - 30 pictures and address

Conyers Farm is a tract of land in Greenwich, Connecticut, near the New York-Connecticut border. Established by U.S. Steel founder Edmund C. Converse in 1904, the property represented the consolidation of 20 farms. Much of the land had long been…

Value: $19,900,000 View all 30 photos

Classic estate (historic)
Hearkening to an era long past, the historical character of the classic estate style can’t be beat. The look is defined by large, multi-story construction — three floors above grade is commonplace. The looks is often completed by porches flanked by round columns, dormers along the roofline, and classic siding or brick exteriors.

The Fennwood Estate

Address: 151 Laurel St, Atherton, CA 94027

The Fennwood Estate - 25 pictures and address

In September 2010, Forbes magazine placed Atherton's ZIP code of 94027 at #2 on its annual list of America's most expensive zip codes. In October 2013, 94027 moved to #1 on the list, where it remained for 2014 and 2015.…

Price: $11,388,000 View all 25 photos

Log home cabin
If the rustic look is your cup of tea, a log home cabin should be near the top of your list. Whether the construction is of actual logs, or just split-log cladding on top of a more typical structural frame, the look of a log home cabin is unmistakable — and truly American. With some things in life, it’s very true that “you know it when you see it.” A log cabin style home definitely falls into that category.

Teal Hollow, Wyoming

Address: 5000 Pine Meadow Rd, Wilson, WY 83014

Teal Hollow, Wyoming - 25 pictures and address

Wilson is a census-designated place (CDP) in Teton County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 1,482 at the 2010 census, up from 1,294 in 2000. It is part of the Jackson, WY–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area. Wilson was pioneered in 1889 by…

Price: $16,800,000 View all 25 photos

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