Monday, March 28, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Any of those words ring any bells?
What about Log Cabin?
I bet you know what I'm talking about now; yes, different styles of houses.
Do you know what style your home is?
Unless you're an architect, you probably didn't pay much attention to anything other than number of bedrooms and baths. But choosing a home should be about more than just the amount of floor space you're getting.
You see, architecture across the USA is as diverse as our society is. Over the past few centuries, our buildings have been shaped by many factors, and today shows a broad variety of architectural styles. It has been influenced by everything from the first generation of settlement by English colonists, to the post-war boom.
Whether it's a 1920's Dutch colonial or a 1970's A-frame, I'm pretty sure you can find one somewhere in these United States.
Home Styles through the Decades
Remember the post-war housing boom? Those homes were simple but roomy and functional; they even had central heating and air-conditioning! But by the 1950's, we wanted more, and started building the rambler-style home, complete with double-wide driveway, and enclosed carport. By the 1970s, our homes had 'grown' and were now divided across multiple levels, ushering us into the era of the bi-level and split level homes.
It's not just decades that define our changing tastes; there are also regional differences. Across the USA, the top five most common structures are the ranch style, conventional, split level, colonial and traditional. But different parts of the country seem to have a higher percentage of certain house types:
- In the Northeast, many states seem to prefer the colonial or cottage-style home.
- Craftsman and ranch/rambler-style homes make up a large portion of homes in the Midwest.
- In the South, the architectural preferences ranges widely; in Oklahoma, the traditional and modern-style home is quite common. But in states like Georgia, a fifth of the homes are built in the French style of architecture.
- In the West, more homes tend to be built in the rambler layout.
Popular Home Models in San Diego
Further down the West Coast, maybe due to the lovely climate, open landscapes and a laid-back culture, things are not that different. In San Diego, homes come in a variety of styles, with the top four being:
- Ranch homes, typically one-story with minimal exterior decoration.
- Townhomes spread across multiple floors.
- The Spanish-style or mission-style home with its stucco sides, red roofs and archways, is a southern California fixture.
- Split level homes are a hybrid of the traditional ranch home and a multistory home. They have the same long, low lines, but are spread on multiple levels, with staircases and attached garages.
In Santee, we find that the most popular styles of houses especially with families are:
- Single family houses: More families tend to buy homes where the entire space around the building is theirs. This allows them add onto the existing house if more room is ever needed. We also find that most of these single family homes are built in the ranch/rambler style. Something about the large, sprawling space these single-story homes offers appeals to families, especially those with young kids.
Take a walk around Santee, you'll soon start to notice the long, low lines of Santee's many rambler-style homes.
- Townhouses : With families getting bigger, homes followed suit. With more space needed, but with smaller plots available, the townhouse was born. Spread across multiple floors, the modern townhouse offers space, while remaining 'compact'. Plus many townhouses are conveniently built near local amenities such stores and entertainment. Little wonder they are the second most popular home style, among the families in Santee.
Someone once described San Diego as one of those “too-good-to-be-true” places. Packed with galleries, museums, a world-class zoo, home to MLB and NFL teams, and miles of beautiful beaches, it's no wonder San Diego real estate is never going to be 'cheap'.
But only 18 miles from downtown San Diego, Santee provides a perfect balance of affordable housing and proximity to all the fun you can imagine. Whether you are looking to buy a single family home or condo, you are guaranteed to find a gem in Santee. With our irresistibly beautiful weather and recreational opportunities at the nearby Santee Lakes, buying a home in Santee can be a sound financial and life decision.
Want to learn more? Contact Santee's premier realtor, the Quance group on 619.324.5397, and find out what opportunities await your family here.