Silicon Valley is home to many different architecture styles, some more common to the area than others. Here are some home types you likely see everyday:
Leading off, we have an architechural style that grew to immense popularity in California during the mid-1900s and beyond – the Eichler home. The brainchild of real estate developer Joseph Eichler, these homes are immediately recognizable with their scaled-back and functional designs. Homes with the Eichler brand are also referred to as “California modern,” and can be seen throughout Silicon Valley and as far south as Orange County. Originally, more than 11,000 Eichlers were built between 1949 and 1966. The largest community of Eichler homes can be found in the Highlands development in San Mateo.
Ranch-style homes started being seen in California in the 1930s. Within 30 years, this architectural style had become the most popular in America. All across Silicon Valley we see ranch-style homes, characterized by their pitched roofs and wide, rather than tall, floor plans. Comfortable patios, attached garages and brick or wood exterior walls are common for this home style.
The bungalow predates ranch-style homes by about 50 years. Also originating in California, bungalow homes are 1.5 stories and are characterized by their slim, rectangular shape and low-pitched roofs that hang over entry porches. Their popularity grew in the early 1900s, and soon they were popping up all over the Midwest. The name “bungalow” has its roots in India and refers to a small home constructed of thatch.
Homes in the contemporary style can be found throughout the Bay Area and are among the more popular home styles in Silicon Valley. Look for large, odd-sized windows and interesting combinations of exterior wall materials such as wood, brick and stone. The height of popularity for these homes was in the 1950s through the 1970s. Both gabled and flat-roof versions of contemporary homes have been constructed, with the gabled style often showing exposed beams. Contemporary homes are most often single-story.
These homes were quite popular in the early 1900s and are characterized by a very simple design, overhanging eves, low and broad construction, wood, stucco and stone exteriors and zero ornamentation. Craftsman homes are sometimes called “California bungalows.” Wide front porches are common, with overhangs often held in place by columns.
Tudor homes came to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s and are mainstays today in cities and towns across America. This architectural style features bay windows and upper floors with half timbering and recognizable facades with steep cross gables. Other unique elements may include walls of patterned stone or brick, casement windows with several panes, stone chimneys and rounded doorways.
Homes designed in the Mediterranean style have much of the same look as homes in Italy, Spain, France and other Mediterranean locales. These homes are distinctive with their red, low-pitched roofs. Architectural plans often call for spacious outdoor living areas, arched entries and windows, sturdy columns and other details common in traditional Spanish home designs.
Would you like to live in one of these fabulous home styles? In Silicon Valley, you’ve got a lot of great choices among the most popular architectural styles. Let’s talk about your goals and work toward making them a reality!