Historic Home Styles

While modern “tall and skinny” homes may be popping up left and right in Nashville, there are still classic styles that always stick around. Historic home styles have seen a rise in popularity, and there’s a reason these styles have stood the test of time. From Tudor to Colonial, let’s take a deep dive into some historic home styles.

Cottage

A cottage style home is straight out of a storybook. It often features arched doorways, steep roofs and has stucco or stone siding.

This charming cottage home is classic on the outside and modern on the inside. Built in 1948, it has been renovated with a fabulous new bathroom and new paint. It still has some of the classic cottage charm such as a fireplace with stone.   

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This four-bedroom cottage is in the popular 12 South neighborhood. Built in 1940, it features arched doorways, polished hardwoods, a gourmet kitchen, and a glassed-in porch. And the exterior is just as lovely with a fenced lot that has gardens and a deck with a hot tub.

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Victorian

Next on the historic home style tour is the Victorian. Named for the period of when these homes were built rather than the style, it reflects the era of Queen Victoria’s reign in Great Britain. A Victorian style home is often multiple stories, with tall windows, a steeply pitched roof, patterned shingles and a partial or full front porch.

Read more about this kind of home style in House Beautiful here.

While this home has the traditional decorative style of what you might think of for a Victorian home, it is on one level. It has soaring high ceilings, original transom windows, beautiful hardwoods, a sunroom, and a garden with koi pond.

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This home is a restored Victorian farmhouse that was built in 1900. There’s a partial front porch and the original beadboard and shiplap has been restored. Also on the property is a barn with four stalls and a guest cottage.

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Tudor

Now let’s move on to the Tudor! This historic home style is quite picturesque, with steeply pitched roofs, leaded windows, and brick facades. The home style comes in a wide range of shapes and layouts.

Read more about the Tudor home and its style evolution here.

This custom-built home has many features of a classic Tudor home, such as a steeply pitched roof, leaded windows, and some brick on the exterior. It also has a living room/music room, library, and a third floor that could be a workout room or hobby room.

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Georgian

What are some characteristics of a Georgian home? They’re usually two or three stories with brick facades. They often have symmetrical columns in the front and are rectangular/symmetrical in shape.

This gorgeous Georgian-style estate is a true Southern Belle. It has four covered porches and other additional great features such as five suites, three bonus rooms, and an open concept kitchen. And it’s all situated on 45 acres.

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This home is truly historic, as it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1865, it still has the original windows and original popular and walnut trim and doors. It also features five fireplaces, a free-hanging circular staircase, and screened porch. And adding to the history of this property is a holly tree that dates back to the 1890s.

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