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What Style Is My House? (A Comprehensive List)

Houses come in all shapes and sizes, but you may have noticed that many homes share certain similarities. Some housing styles dominate markets, while others have a more diverse selection. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular housing styles to date.
Houses come in all shapes and sizes, but you may have noticed that many homes share certain similarities. Some housing styles dominate markets, while others have a more diverse selection. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular housing styles to date.

Are you living in a Victorian dream house, or are you more of a Tudor-style homeowner? There are tons of different house styles and knowing the difference can help you target buyers looking for the exact style of home you have.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular styles of homes in the United States and what buyers love about them:


One of the most popular types of homes across America, ranch-style houses are usually one level and offer a wide open floor plan. This style became popular in the 1960s and was designed to create an informal, comfortable living environment. Sunken living rooms, cathedral ceilings, and sliding glass doors that open to a patio are telltale features.


Craftsman homes were a hit in the 1930s and are making a comeback. Built-in shelving, extensive woodwork, low-pitched roofs, and tapered columns on the porch are among their most recognizable features.


Most Colonial homes are two or three stories, with main living spaces on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor. They have a wood or brick facade, at least one fireplace, and a central entry door on the front of the home. If there’s a third level to the home, it’s common to find dormer-style windows on this level.

Log Cabin

This one is easy to spot. Log cabins are mostly composed of whole logs, not just wood siding. The logs can be round or square and are usually interlocked with each other at the corners. Most of today’s log houses are made from milled logs, which takes away some rustic appeal.

Cape Cod

This house style dates back to 1635 and was a popular choice in the 1930s. Common features include a steep roof line, multi-pane windows, wood siding, and dormer windows along the front. In many original Cape Cod homes, the upstairs was usually left unfinished, though modern Cape Cod homes usually use this space well.

French Country

Popular in the 1800s, the French Country home grew in popularity when France has a strong presence in much of the eastern United States and Canada. Lots of narrow windows with shutters were a common feature, along with stucco siding, steep pitched roofs, and meticulous landscaping and curb appeal.


The Victorian period spanned from 1860 until about 1900. During this time, several models of Victorian homes appeared, including the Queen Anne, Shingle, and Second Empire styles. A Victorian home refers to any home built during Queen Victoria’s reign, but U.S. Victorians are usually noted by their patterned shingles, cutaway bay windows, balconies, and asymmetrical facades.


This housing style was popular in England during the Tudor dynasty, but today’s Tudor homes in the U.S. are modern reinventions that are only somewhat based on the old-world style. Tall, narrow windows, decorative timber, and sharp cross gables make these homes easy to recognize.


Sharp, sleek lines, interesting angles, and mixed media combine to create the contemporary housing style. This trend developed in the 1950s and lasted until about the 1970s and brought crisp, geometric shapes to the housing market. Most contemporary homes feature open floor plans, lots of glass, and unique amenities like sunken living rooms and private porches,


True to its name, the A-frame house looks like a large triangle or a capital A. This style became a popular choice for beach houses and cabins. Most of these homes are single story with a loft or attic space, but some homes may have living space in its upper level.

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Our Partner Agents are top-rated real estate agents in their local markets with years of buying and selling experience. They provide all the same services as traditional agents, from writing a standout listing to marketing and negotiating. The only difference is they work for a lower commission, which lets you keep more profit in your pocket.

Reach out to Clever today for a no-obligation consultation and see how a Partner Agent can help you market your house style to find the right buyer!


Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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