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21 Types of Homes for Sale in Nashville

Posted by Scott Layson on August 5, 2015
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Whether you're a first time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran in the world of real estate, determining the different architectural styles of a home can sometimes be confusing. Although Nashville is a southern city through and through, you can still find homes for sale here that reflect styles from all over the country.

It's common when searching for a home to see that one type is more prevalent than others in certain pockets or neighborhoods in the city. This uniformity helps to provide these areas with their own unique character and charm.

With this guide in hand, you'll be more knowledgable about the types of homes that Nashville has to offer and gain appreciation for the variety of styles that each community provides.

1. American Craftsman

The principles behind American Craftsman homes are that they must be simple, elegant and with clean lines. It is thought that these types of homes were the first to provide a breakfast nook in the kitchen area in order to have a place for families to gather.

2. American Four Square

These homes incorporate a square, boxy design that are two-and-one-half stories high. There are usually four large square rooms to each floor. Common exterior features are a center dormer and large front porch with wide stairs. The Four Square home has Craftsman-style features and is an ideal floor plan to get the most out of small city lots.

3. Antebellum

This particular type of home was popular in many of the southern states from the early 1800's up to the start of the Civil War. These homes are grand in nature and draw from the features of Neo-classical and Greek Revival architecture.
These luxurious historic homes can be found in many different parts of Nashville and are usually accompanied by a large amount of acreage. Some well known examples of these include the Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion. If you have $8.5 million laying around, you could purchase Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's Antebellum home (pictured above) in Franklin, TN, which is currently on the market as of the date we wrote this article.

4. Bungalow

Originating from the word Bengali, Bungalows are adopted from architecture that was popular in Bengal, India. Although they are usually smaller, Bungalow homes are designed to be efficient and prevent wasted space. Large verandas are a common feature as well.

5. Cape Cod

As the name suggests, these types of homes were introduced on the coast of Massachusetts. They are usually a story and a half high, with steep pitched roofs, symmetrical and are usually fairly simple in the way they are designed. Cape Cod style homes saw a rise in popularity during the Great Depression, as people looked for more affordable housing.

6. Colonial Revival

These homes adopt many of the Georgian and Greek Revival features and have remained a favorite classic. They are typically symmetrical with a pronounced entrance in the center of the home that is can be accented by a transom, sidelights, columns or hood.

7. Contemporary

To be contemporary, means to be up to date and with the fashion of the times. These type of homes, are usually minimalist in design and will often use the open floor plan concept. It is common to see different materials used for the exterior of the home to create visually appealing contrast. These types of homes will normally have large windows, state of the art technology and offer more flexibility in design to showcase the architect's vision.

8. Cottage

Originating in England, cottages are usually small one story homes homes. With these cozy properties, it is typical to find rustic features like plank floors, exposed beams, curved or arched doorways and hand-carved woodwork. Although Tudor style cottages are the most common, cottages can borrow from other architectural styles as well.

9. Dutch Colonial

Dutch Colonials are some of the easiest styles of homes to pick out. All you have to do is look for its distinguished gambrel roof that slopes on both sides of the home. Because of its obvious shape, these are sometimes referred to as "barn houses." The siding is usually wood or shingle, but can be brick as well.

10. French Provincial

This design type gained popularity in the 1920's. These homes are usually fairly ornate with steep roofs and an overall feeling of symmetry. One way to spot a French Provincial home is is to look at the top windows, which are usually curved and protrude through the roof line. The entrance doorway is normally arched as well.

11. Georgian Revival

Think "Home Alone" house. The home featured in that movie is a great example of a Georgian Revival home that is not as square shaped as the original Georgian style, but still maintains a great sense of symmetry. These homes offer a classic look that has allowed it to remain as one of the most popular styles throughout the east coast. Although very closely related to the Colonial Revival homes, these tend to be a little more impressive.
Because these types of homes are still very popular, you can find them or variants of this style in just about any area or neighborhood in Nashville.

12. Greek Revival

During the mid 1800's, the Greek Revival caught momentum, in part because ancient Greece was looked at as the the model for democracy. Homes in the south that were a product of this are sometimes referred to as Southern Colonials. The signature look of these homes will usually have impressive tall, white columns accompanied by a gabled front. Probably, the most well known Greek Revival home in the world is the White House.

13. Horizontal Property Regime

These properties are not a type of architecture, but rather a popular method in urban areas in order to establish more available properties on a single parcel. We felt obligated to include these types of homes in our guide, because they have been used extensively in Nashville over the last few years.
Many urban areas of Nashville have seen an explosion of these types of properties because land is at such a premium in the city. Although many people are against high density housing such as this, many see them as a win-win. By implementing horizontal property regimes, developers are able to build multiple properties on one parcel, which gives consumers more home inventory, while the developer profits more from multiple sales.

14. Italianate

This style gained popularity in the mid to late 1800's. Although they are not as common in southern states, you can still find Italianate inspired homes in certain parts of Nashville. These homes tend to be 2 or 3 stories tall with a more rectangular shape. Their flat roof is usually accented by brackets known as corbels. One feature that makes it easy to spot Italianate homes is the cupola, which is a square-shaped tower that rises above the property.
Want to enjoy a great meal and take in beautiful Italianate architecture at the same time? The Standard at the Smith House, which was built in the 1840's was a townhouse modeled in this style and now houses one of the more popular restaurants in the city. While there are not many true Italianate homes for sale in Nashville, you can still find homes that incorporate aspects of this style into their design.

15. Mediterranean Revival

The red clay tile roofs are usually a dead giveaway that a home is Mediterranean style. They are typically constructed with a stucco exterior, heavy wooden doors and archways over most entrances. It is common for these types of properties to be accented by elaborate landscaping as well.

16. Mid-Century Modern

Influenced heavily by Frank Lloyd Wright, these homes do not conform to a certain design, but instead allow for creativity usually incorporating clean lines, flat roofs, open floor plans, high tech kitchens and large windows with great views of the outdoors.

17. Ranch

Ranches are long, one-story rectangular homes that were prominent from the 1940's to 1970's. The rooms tend to be more sectioned off and can include a split level design. The millennial generation is starting to show a greater interest in these homes, in part because most did not grow up in this style of home. They also offer a chance for more affordable housing, as there is a growing trend to renovate ranches that are in desirable locations, but might be in disrepair.

18. Shingle Style

The defining feature of these homes is the use of shingles or "shakes" for siding. which originated in the Northeast during the late 1800's. It is common for them to incorporate a variety of styles into their design such as Victorian, Craftsman, Queen Anne or Cottage.
Shingle style homes have seen increased popularity in Nashville and can be found in new constructions homes as well as more historic areas throughout the city. It is however, more common to see this design in higher price ranges because of increased construction costs.

19. Shed Style

Shed style homes are actually a sub-type of of the Contemporary design. These homes have either a single or multiple slanting roofs that sometimes create various geometric shapes and they typically have large windows. Their popularity saw it's peak in the 1970's, but has since then faded due to the costly upkeep of the wooden construction.
Shed style homes and townhomes can found in most areas of Nashville. While you will be hard pressed to find one in many of the historic parts of towns, you may see new construction contemporary homes here and there that have borrowed the slanted roof from this design.

20. Tudor Revival

These homes were typically built in the early 1900's and usually owned by well-to-do families. Tudor style homes can be easy to spot with their signature half-timber framing that accents the exterior of the home, which is usually constructed of brick or stonework. Decorative archways for the main entrance are also a common feature.

21. Victorian

The Victorian style actually produced a few different types of homes from the 1830's to the early 1900's. These homes are typically asymmetrical with steep roofs, partial or full-width porches and a prominent front-facing gable. The different forms of Victorian include; Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque.

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