Denver is an attractive place to live. We have a really amazing view of the Rocky Mountains that can be seen from nearly every part of town, surrounding suburbs and cities.
Many people who are relocating here from areas east, don’t understand how different the homes can be. Those relocating from California will likely see homes they are used to, as the styles are more similar. Many areas have unique builder/ designer/ architecture depending on the time frame they were built, so knowing the communities is valuable for relocators with specific design interests. For the sake of this article, we will only be looking at single family detached homes.
Bi-Level/ Split Level in Denver
This style of home will likely be found in older suburban areas as it became popular in the early 60’s. Raised ranches, as they are sometimes called, allow for usage of the lower level which is partially underground. There is usually an attached garage and bedrooms as well as common areas are both up and downstairs. The foyer entrance allows family and guests to go up or down upon entrance.
These homes typically offer brick or stone on the lower outside area and siding on the top and the upper area tends to jut out. Building of split levels was mostly during 1960-1980. They are likely found in Aurora and Lakewood, which are suburban areas.
Craftsman Style Homes and Bungalows in Denver
These two styles can be easily mistaken for each other, and without getting into the nuances of that, we are just saying overall, stylistically they are similar. The main design concepts come from the early 1900’s and features large porch columns, false half-timbering, divided windows, overhanging eaves and exposed rafters.
Typically one and a half stories, these bungalows can be found throughout Colorado, especially in smaller towns who have preserved older homes. The outside facade can be stone or masonry and clapboard wood and a large front porch supported by half columns. Find these in the City Park and surrounding areas, as well as city suburbs like Arvada and Littleton.
A-Frame Homes in Colorado
A-frame homes are not that popular, but they do draw attention, especially if you are relocating to the area and haven’t seen them before. They became popular in the 60’s in mountain areas, due to the steeply pitched roofs that keep snow off them.
In an A-frame home, the roof actually forms the inner walls creating a very unique interior concept that pushes the bedroom onto the top floor, usually by itself. Sometimes to extend the space, dormers or decks are added. See these in vacation and/or mountain communities.
English – Norman Cottage Homes in Denver
Popular in the older parts of town, these cozy brick homes offer the quaint stylings fashionable in the 20’s and 30’s such as wood floors, decorative brickwork and a steeply pitched roof and front entrance. They are typically one story and can be found tucked into parts of older neighborhoods in Denver.
Some of the smaller styled homes have been renovated to increase their size but keep the charm of the Elizabethan style. Don’t expect to find one for cheap or that is on the market very long. See these in Washington Park and surrounding areas.
Neo-Mansard Style Homes in Denver
Popular in Aurora, when the 1960s style home was trendy. This is easily recognized by the roof that looks like it was folded over the house and covered with wood shake and fitted with recessed windows to create a decorative look. It lasted through the 70’s and began to be modified in the 80’s and forward.
“The Neo-Mansard form was not confined to houses; it was also found on apartment houses, small commercial buildings and shopping centers. Its commercial application was often a new treatment (alteration) to an older building.” SOURCE: Colorado Historical Society
Ranch Style Homes in Denver
This type of home originated in California and was beloved through the 30’s into the 60’s. Today, ranch style homes are still being built and are popular for populations drawn to a home without stairs or needed modifications for mobility concerns. The form can look elongated, especially with an attached garage, but new floor plans make them deceptively large.
Minimal porches puts the focus on the yard, or in some cases, farmland or horse property, both found outside Denver city limits, in suburban and rural areas of Colorado.
This style can be found speckled throughout Colorado towns including Denver. Some smaller older Colorado areas, such as Manitou Springs and Idaho Springs is where they can be found. Some have towers and feature bay windows, decorative porches and unique coloring. They may have scalloped shingles, sunburst details on the windows and decorated dormers. You can find this type of home tucked away in areas such as Washington Park.
Overall in Denver, you will find a variety of home styles, and if you really want something unique, a Realtor who has served the area for decades knows just where to find them. Although those listed may be the most common or interesting, but you will also find a few contemporary homes, Dutch Colonials, Tudor Revivals, Log Cabins and even Pueblo or Mission Style homes.
You will likely not find a home that is a Cape Cod, Colonial, Mediterranean or Spanish, although there are more Spanish influenced homes further south in Colorado.
If you are relocating to Denver and want to know more about specific home styles and neighborhoods, give me a call to learn more.
For over 20 years I have been helping people relocate into the Denver area by really listening to their needs and desires and using my extensive experience with the Denver market to help them find their dream home. Call today to discuss your needs.