Home Style Guides - Popular Atlanta House Styles

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There are dozens of popular home styles prevalent in Metro Atlanta, many of them with their own unique sub-styles. The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate home style video series takes you through many of America's most beloved architectural designs and breaks down the common characteristics & features you'll find with each style. Learn about many of the common interior/exterior renovation ideas that are possible with each style. Finally, browse Atlanta area homes for sale to find the perfect house with the right size, layout and price to meet your family's needs.  

Beautifully renovated bungalow style home for sale in Atlanta.

Bungalow Style Home

The bungalow style home is very common in many of the older Atlanta neighborhoods, especially in areas like Candler Park, Decatur, East Atlanta, Edgewood, Grant Park and Kirkwood. Many of these historic homes built in the 1920's and 1930's have been fully renovated and updated, but still manage to maintain their classic character. With its sound construction, special craftsman style, and open floor plan, the bungalow is at the top of the list for those people seeking an in-town home to buy. Learn More...

Large two story North Georgia cabin with deck and stone fireplace listed for sale.

Cabin Style Home

More commonly found in rural areas, the cabin style home is designed with simplicity and nature in mind. With wood features prominently used throughout the interior and exterior of the house, cabins elicit a sense of nature, whether they're located in the woods, tucked against the mountains, or even in urban settings. Their four corner footprint with a simple roof make them inexpensive to build. This makes the cabin a popular choice for vacation homes and rental properties; perfect for the weekend family getaway. Learn More...

Updated one and a half story Cape Cod home with large covered front porch.

Cape Cod Style Home

A home style that originated in New England more than 400 years ago, the Cape Cod represents one of the longest running architectural designs in America. Not much has changed in the basic design since its inception. The boxy floor plan typically has one and a half stories with approximately 1,000 - 1,350 sq/ft of living space. Overall, the Cape Cod is an economically designed home style that is great for one level living since most, if not all of the heated and cooled living area is on the first floor. Learn More...

Stately two story center hall colonial home on half acre lot with white picket fence.

Colonial Style Home

The colonial, a home design dating back to the 1600's, is quite common in the Metro Atlanta area. An evolution of European architecture, the design has grown over the years with floor plans now exceeding two stories. Modern designs provide plenty of space for the entire family, and then some. The ever popular center hall colonial has been the most common, but other variations such as the federal, saltbox and garrison are prominently found as well. Learn More...

High rise luxury condos with retail shops and great city views.

Condo Style Home

A condo is a privately owned residence within a larger community where common areas are jointly owned by those with an ownership stake in the building. Mandatory association fees, paid by property owners, cover the costs of building maintenance, management fees and amenities. Popular in urban settings, the condo provides affordable living opportunities in otherwise expensive locations. The limited living space and lack of yard make this type of home more popular among single working professionals than families. Learn More...

Modern contemporary style home with walls of windows.

Contemporary Style Home

Known for their irregular facade and strong use of geometric shapes, the contemporary home appeals to those with a minimalist mindset. The flat roof, distinct lines and simplistic design make them instantly recognizable. Walls of windows provide an abundance of natural light and a strong connection with nature. Popular from the 1950's through the 1970's, construction of these homes has since tapered off, but they still continue to be built/renovated by those who appreciate their unique style. Learn More...

Modern duplex home with separate garages, private side entrance, and balconies with city views.

Duplex Style Home

The duplex, commonly referred to as a multi-family property, is a single structure with two living units under one roof. Common in urban areas where land is expensive or scarce, the duplex can be identified by two private entrances and individual living spaces separated by a common firewall. Although exterior common areas may be shared, interior space is private for each unit. The duplex is popular among investors and those homeowners looking to offset monthly housing costs by living on one side and renting out the other. Learn More...

Renovated raised ranch style home with two car garage and luscious landscaping.

Raised Ranch Style Home

The raised ranch, commonly referred to as the split-foyer, came about in the 1960's when the growing U.S. family size required more space than the single level ranch had to offer. The dual-level design added a daylight basement, a perfect space for entertaining, an office or additional storage. The integrated two car garage offers covered parking and secure access to the home. The raised ranch offers a functional design with ample space, at an affordable price, depending on the location. Learn More...

Classic one level ranch style home with covered porch and two car garage.

Ranch Style Home

The ranch is a home style that first appeared in the 1920's and became hugely popular through the 1970's. An architectural style originating in the U.S., the ranch puts all living space on one level, allowing for easy customization and configuration. Currently, many of these older ranch homes are being completely gutted and renovated from the ground up. The result, open floor plans, added living space, and gorgeous modern updates, all at an affordable price in most areas. Learn More...

Brick and wood shake siding split-level house with four bedrooms, two baths and a two car garage.

Split-level Style Home

The split-level is exactly what its name implies, a traditional one-level home with half the floor plan situated on two different levels. The upper level is where the bedrooms are located, while the lower level is traditionally a family room. A main level is where the kitchen, living room and formal dining room are found. The split-level design offers more privacy than the typical ranch by separating sections of the home on different levels. Although their popularity has waned, you'll still find plenty of them around. Learn More...

New Metro Atlanta Townhome community with multiple floor plans and exterior siding options.

Townhome Style Home

With characteristics of both homes and condos combined into one, the Townhome offers some of the best of both worlds. These multi-story homes share at least one common wall with adjoining units, but often have separate fenced-in backyards. A Townhome can have as many as four or more levels, making them tall and skinny in appearance. Subject to an association, Townhomes may come with use restrictions and monthly fees, depending on the amenities available in the community. Learn More...

Huge Tudor style home with multiple fireplaces and exquisite landscaping.

Tudor Style Home

Characterized by a steeply pitched roof and dark half timbering, the Tudor home is a unique style of residential architecture. Quite common in cities like Avondale Estates, the Tudor home is a classic design with storybook charm. With low ceilings and rooms that are generally small, the home can have a cave-like feel that is very sheltering. Often asymmetrical in appearance, these homes are usually two stories with a rounded arch entryway. The tall, narrow windows and decorative half timbering make the home instantly recognizable. Learn More...

Gorgeous Victorian style home with colorful exterior and wraparound porch.

Victorian Style Home

The Victorian home style is typically a very complex style of architecture with elaborate design and distinct details. The two or three story asymmetrical exterior is characterized by a steep roof, wraparound porch and decorative accents. Their use of copulas, turrets, dormers, bay windows and orioles give the exterior a fancy appearance, such was the intent of those who crafted the style. Many of these gorgeous homes have been restored and updated, adding modern comfort to this timeless design. Learn More...


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