When we are showing homes to prospective buyers, they often have many questions about the different architectural styles evident in our City. We've compiled a brief description of some of the common types of architecture to help build your real estate knowledge and design familiarity!
This romantic home style evokes a sense of old England. American Tudor style homes are frequently built with visible timbers exposed as a design element (usually not structural, but decorative), with steeply pitched rooflines, and may have ornamental windows and leaded glass. These homes often have an exterior of stucco or brick. Tudor homes were built with spacious bedrooms and common areas, and are usually very private feeling. Typically built in the 1920’s through to the 1940’s, these homes are elegant and full of personality.
Depending on the period, there are several different Victorian-style homes, but they are typically ornamented and may include boldly colored paint and fanciful trim. Whimsical fretwork, gingerbread shingles, balustrades, spindles, turrets, and heavy use of ornamentation can be commonly found on this style of home. Inside, you’ll find tall ceilings, many smaller, single-purpose rooms, and beautiful features like ornate staircases and woodwork. Typically built around the late 1800s through to about 1910, Victorian homes in Portland are small in number and still well loved
Mid Century Modern homes are typically one-story, ranch style homes (often with a basement) that have a sprawling, open layout with the common areas as the focal point. A daylight ranch is a home where the basement or lower story is partially underground and at least partially open to ground level – typically built on a slope or to take advantage of a view. The mid-century homes built in the 50’s and 60’s have become an extremely popular style of home, as our culture takes on a revitalized focus towards spacious, simple layouts and minimal, conceptual design. Homes built in this era were very solidly built, as people had a post-war mindset (hence the term Atomic Ranch). Additionally, as veterans came back from the war and resources could be allocated locally, there was a good pool of materials and workers once again.