Have you been preapproved and are ready to get out and start looking at homes? In this video, I'm going to share two popular home styles here in Denver that you've got to check out. We'll look at the characteristics of each style and the time period they were built so you can decide which one of them is right for you.
Now that you've taken the first step of getting preapproved, you get to enjoy the exciting journey of choosing a home. The first style we're going to look at is the Tudor, also known as the Tudor Revivalist. This homestyle became extremely popular in the 1940s and 50s as sort of a storybook contrast to the standard Denver square home that we talked about in our last video.Verify your mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
The Tudor style home can be recognized by its asymmetrical shape and steeply pitched roof with brick or stucco siding, overscaled chimneys with decorative brick, narrow windows often with diamond-shaped panels, and an overhanging second floor. Of course, we’d like to also give both sides of the story.
The challenges of these styles of homes are pretty standard. You didn't have open floor plans back in the day when they were building houses. Kitchens were blocked off from other bedrooms and living rooms, so it’s not quite as open as you want. However, you can always renovate it. Additionally, the second floor is not a true second floor. Think of it more like a basement with the roof height being about six feet high in certain areas. So if you’re taller, you might have to duck a little bit.
These homes are typically going to be found in neighborhoods such as Bonnie Brae, Belcaro, Montclair, Park Hill, and Wash Park. Another thing that we’ve noticed with a number of our first-time clients is that Tudors seem to be very popular amongst them. They're very affordable and are in neighborhoods that seem to be a good demographic for first-time homebuyers. So if that’s you, you'll definitely want to consider a Tudor.Verify your mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
If you’ve traveled around Denver and have seen all the construction going on, you’re seeing a lot of homes being scraped. Usually, a duplex or larger homes are going up, or they might be renovating the existing home. That’s because these homes were built back in the 1940s and 50s up to the 80s.
The mid-century modern style wasn’t built with the same industrial quality that the craftsman bungalows and Victorians were built. These mid-century modern homes are known for their sleek contemporary design, which was a stark contrast to many of the other vintage-style homes built in Denver. Most mid-century modern homes feature flat planes, flat roofs, straight lines, large windows, expansive glass panes, open concepts, and integration with nature.
The biggest challenge with these homes is the fact that there’s deferred maintenance. If you don’t keep them up, they tend to go bad pretty quickly because they weren’t built with the same quality as some of the other styles of homes. One of the biggest problems they experience is the wear and tear of wood and some of the materials they were built with. Their flat roofs tend to leak more easily than some of the pointed roofs.Verify your mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
If you’re interested in this style home, you will find these gems in Harvey Park, Virginia Village, and Park Hill - all beautiful neighborhoods.
Which Style Is Right For You?
I hope this helped give you an idea of what Tudors and mid-century modern homes have to offer. Both have their pros and cons, so the decision is up to you. If you need any further guidance or have additional questions, make sure to reach out to us and we'd be happy to assist you.
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