Real Estate

We recently ran across a piece on RealtyTrac.com which brought up an interesting question – do you know what type of home you live in?

As the story indicates, unless you are an architect, chances are you don’t know all of the different structure descriptions for properties. So, in the interest of fair reporting, following are the top five most common structures in the U.S. – Ranch Style, Conventional, Split Level, Colonial and Traditional.

The top three — Ranch Style, Conventional and Split Level – account for more than 51 percent of all style homes. The average estimated value for each are $206,371 (Ranch Style), $233,987 (Conventional) and $300,348 (Split Level).

Now, while you may have heard of the above referenced styles, did you know that that the least-common structures in the U.S. are Cottages, Log Homes, Gambrel, Garrison and Tudor?

As a side note, the structures that are the least common tend to have the most value. For example, a Tudor style home has an estimated value of around $600,000, while a Garrison style home has an estimated value of around $440,000.

How do you know if your home has Tudor architecture or has a Garrison architectural style?

Tudor is a modern-day re-invention that resembles houses built in the 1500’s during the Tudor Dynasty in England. They tend to mimic medieval cottages with prominent cross gables, steeply pitched roofs and tall narrow windows with small window panes.

Garrison is an architectural style with a second story overhang in the front, with rectangular side-gables mass, narrow eaves and (typically) wood siding.

So, there you have it – a small peek into the world of house styles. Hope it was helpful!

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