How many times have you driven down a New England street and loved the style of a home and had no idea how to reference it to your real estate agent? With a history almost four centuries old comprised of architectural influence from around the world, this region offers many styles of homes. But what are they?
There are about ten styles common to Massachusetts and New England that we see regularly. Architects over the past hundred years or so have begun to intermingle elements of these styles- such as material, shape, amount of detail, types of roofs and windows, and layout, creating a customized look. To understand what you’re seeing, what you love, and most importantly, what you’re looking to buy, you must first understand what these styles are.
Newer homes tend to intermingle elements from all of these home styles. You can find Colonials with large wrap around porches, Capes or Ranches with second stories and front porches. You can also, of course, find other home styles along the city streets of Boston, or in historic New England neighborhoods, such as Farm Houses, Italiante, Gothic Revival, as well as Dutch Colonial along with more modern architectural styles that have also emerged in recent decades. With over three centuries of history, New England has the deepest roots and continually provides inspiration to homebuyers and builders all over the country.