Americans favor Craftsman-style homes

April 2, 2018

There’s no place like home—but what kind of architectural style says “home” to you may differ by your age and income bracket, as well as the region of the country in which you live, based findings of a poll sponsored by Trulia released on February 28.

The research—which was conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults on behalf of the online real estate vendor by The Harris Poll—found that the top three home styles that are most popular coast-to-coast are the following:

  • Craftsman (sought after by 43% of buyers), defined by its low-pitched gabled roofs with broad eaves, large front porches, and exposed wooden structural elements;
  • Ranch (41%), typically constructed in a long, horizontal, one-story configuration; and
  • Colonial (36%), usually a two-story residence that is distinguished by a balanced layout—with the same number of windows on each side of the front door, and a living room to one side and a dining room to the other when you enter through the front door.

The researchers found that Millennials (ages 18–34), were more likely to favor craftsman-style homes (52%), while older adults, age 55+, favored ranch-style homes (52%).

Despite the overwhelming popularity of craftsman-style homes, ranch homes are much easier to find on the market. Among all the for-sale home listings on Trulia, the most common architectural styles are colonial, ranch, Cape Cod, Victorian, and mid-century.

However, style preferences range greatly, depending on the region of the U.S.A. in which a home buyer is looking. There are local surprises as well. Although brownstones are practically synonymous with New York City, colonial houses are actually more common in the city.

Similarly, although art deco is Miami‘s best-known architectural feature, mid-century homes are by far the most common throughout the city. And if you’re looking for a ranch-style home, Colorado Springs has the highest proportion of them in the country.

Depending on size of home and lot, age and condition of the property, and regional housing costs, the popular Craftsman homes range widely in asking price. While a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1905 Craftsman is selling for $170,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee; a five-bedroom, five-bathroom 1908 Craftsman is being marketed at $2.995 million in Portland, Oregon.

There’s no place like home—but what kind of architectural style says “home” to you may differ by your age and income bracket, as well as the region of the country in which you live, based findings of a poll sponsored by Trulia released on February 28.

The research—which was conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults on behalf of the online real estate vendor by The Harris Poll—found that the top three home styles that are most popular coast-to-coast are the following:

  • Craftsman (sought after by 43% of buyers), defined by its low-pitched gabled roofs with broad eaves, large front porches, and exposed wooden structural elements;
  • Ranch (41%), typically built in a long, horizontal, one-story configuration; and
  • Colonial (36%), usually a two-story residence that is distinguished by a balanced layout—with the same number of windows on each side of the front door, and a living room to one side and a dining room to the other when you enter through the front door.

The researchers found that Millennials (ages 18–34), were more likely to favor craftsman-style homes (52%), while older adults, age 55+, favored ranch-style homes (52%).

Despite the overwhelming popularity of craftsman-style homes, ranch homes are much easier to find on the market. Among all the for-sale home listings on Trulia, the most common architectural styles are colonial, ranch, Cape Cod, Victorian, and mid-century.

However, style preferences range greatly, depending on the region of the U.S.A. in which a home buyer is looking. There are local surprises as well. Although brownstones are practically synonymous with New York City, colonial houses are actually more common in the city.

Similarly, although art deco is Miami‘s best-known architectural feature, mid-century homes are by far the most common throughout the city. And if you’re looking for a ranch-style home, Colorado Springs has the highest proportion of them in the country.

Depending on size of home and lot, age and condition of the property, and regional housing costs, the popular Craftsman homes range widely in asking price. While a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1905 Craftsman is selling for $170,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee; a five-bedroom, five-bathroom 1908 Craftsman is being marketed at $2.995 million in Portland, Oregon.

Research contact: pr@trulia.com

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