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Exploring the Diversity of Home Styles: 17 Inspiring House Types to Guide Your Home Search

Wednesday, May 1, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Exploring the Diversity of Home Styles: 17 Inspiring House Types to Guide Your Home Search

Are you feeling the thrill of starting your quest for that perfect home, but feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the options out there? Don't worry, we've got your back! At BELL Home Team, we know that finding the right house style is more than just picking a place to live – it's about finding a space that truly feels like home. That's why we've put together this guide to 16 stunning house styles, inspired by Forbes' insightful article. Let's dive in and discover the one that speaks to you!

Known for their classic elegance and symmetrical design, Colonial homes feature two-story layouts, formal entryways, and timeless architectural details. Colonial homes are scattered throughout CNY and are consistently a top pick for buyers.  Due to their versatility and high demand, Colonials can easily be spotted throughout suburbia.


Celebrated for their craftsmanship and cozy charm, Craftsman-style homes boast low-pitched roofs, exposed rafters, and inviting front porches.  This style has shown increased popularity for new construction homes in the Onondaga County area.

Bold and ornate, Victorian-style homes captivate with their elaborate trim work, vibrant color schemes, and romantic allure.  Victorian homes can be found strewn across various rural landscapes surrounding Syracuse, as well as a heavier concentration of this style home being found in urban areas.

Embracing the simplicity of single-level living, Ranch homes offer open floor plans, seamless indoor-outdoor transitions, and ample backyard space.  This style home is among the most classic single-family home architecture, and can be found in almost any neighborhood setting across Upstate NY.

Modern Contemporary:
Defined by clean lines, minimalist design, and abundant natural light, Modern-style homes prioritize simplicity and functionality.  Typically characterized by open floor plans, sleek lines, flat or simple angled roofs and gleaming windows, these houses are hard to miss.  These styles aren’t found quiet as often around CNY but can be spotted with an array of customizations.

Inspired by medieval English architecture, Tudor-style homes feature steeply pitched roofs, decorative half-timbering, and picturesque charm.  Known to be built with solid masonry, such as brick or stone, these homes are less common than they used to be due to expensive construction costs.  Tudor’s are speckled around the Syracuse region, with a concentration in suburban neighborhoods.

Cape Cod:
Evoking a sense of nostalgia and coziness, Cape Cod homes boast steeply pitched roofs, dormer windows, and a rectangular silhouette.  This classic design has two stories, generally with the full first floor and half-story second floor, creating pitched ceilings in bedrooms.  Being a popular design across NYS, you’re sure to see this style home anywhere from urban settings, to suburbia to sprawling country.

Offering a quaint and cozy retreat, Cottage-style homes exude charm with their sloping roofs, intimate spaces, and whimsical details.  Cottages historically refer to a small, single-room house with thick walls and thatched roof.  In modern times, cottages have become popular vacation homes, and have expanded to include more than one room and an additional level.

Rooted in simplicity and functionality, Farmhouse-style homes feature wrap-around porches, rustic finishes, and expansive kitchens.  These homes historically had wood walls, wide-plank floors and exposed beams.  Increasing popularity and modernization has made the Farmhouse into a mix between Craftsman and Contemporary, but simple old-style Farmhouses still stand strong across CNY country side.

Characterized by their low-pitched roofs, front porches, and cozy interiors, Bungalow-style homes offer a perfect blend of comfort and charm.  Standard Bungalows are generally small, usually with a single story, or have a second half, or partial story, and the front porches are built into the sloped roof.  With simple design and architecture, it’s no wonder these homes can be found easily across any neighborhood. 

Greek Revival:
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Greek Revival homes are known for their grandeur and timeless elegance, characterized by their symmetrical design, tall columns, and pedimented gables. These architectural gems often feature elaborate moldings, high ceilings, and a sense of classical proportion, evoking the spirit of ancient Greece. With their stately presence and historical charm, Greek Revival homes continue to captivate homeowners seeking a touch of regal sophistication.  Not too many of these homes can be found around CNY compared to the colonial or cap, but they sure do stand out when you come across one.

A townhome is a row of houses that share one or two walls, offering a sense of community while maintaining individual ownership. Inside, townhomes often resemble single-family houses, but lack the physical separation. Unlike condos, townhome owners have ownership over both the interior and exterior, ensuring they are responsible for the upkeep and appearance of their residence inside and out.  Being a very popular option, Townhomes can be found easily in the Syracuse and surrounding areas.

Patio Homes:
Patio homes, also known as garden homes or cluster homes, are single-story dwellings designed for easy living and low maintenance. Typically found in planned communities, these homes often feature outdoor patio spaces and shared common areas, making them ideal for those seeking a blend of privacy and community. With their compact footprint and emphasis on outdoor living, patio homes offer a convenient lifestyle option for homeowners looking to downsize or simplify their living space.  With increasing demand and low inventory for this style in Onondaga County, these homes go fast once listed on the market.

Log Cabin:
Log homes exude rustic charm and timeless appeal, offering a cozy retreat amidst natural surroundings. Constructed from sturdy logs, these homes boast durable craftsmanship and a warm, inviting atmosphere. With their distinct architectural style and connection to nature, log homes are a popular choice for those seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life.  Around the Upstate NY area, you can expect to see these dotted across the countryside.

Split-level homes, characterized by staggered floor levels, offer a unique layout that separates living spaces while maintaining a connected feel. Typically featuring a front entrance that opens to a landing between two short sets of stairs, these homes often include distinct zones for living and sleeping areas. Their design allows for efficient use of space and provides a sense of separation between living quarters.  Being a very popular design in the Syracuse area, these homes can’t be missed in developments and neighbors.

Raised Ranch:
Raised ranch homes, also known as split-foyer or bi-level homes, feature distinct levels separated by a short flight of stairs. Typically, the main living areas, such as the kitchen, living room, and dining area, are located on the upper level, while bedrooms and additional living space occupy the lower level. This design provides a functional layout with separate living zones, often appealing to families seeking ample space and privacy within their home.

Manufactured Home:  
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Manufactured homes, also referred to as mobile homes, are prefabricated structures constructed off-site and transported to their permanent location. These homes come in various sizes and layouts, offering affordability and flexibility for homeowners. While traditionally associated with rural settings or mobile home parks, modern mobile homes can feature contemporary amenities and design elements, providing comfortable and functional living spaces for residents.

Interested in other home styles or starting your new dream home search?  Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information to find out how we can help!

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