Tudor Style Homes in Washington DC Metro Area
Looking for a Washington Metropolitan area home for sale with an English countryside look? You might want to consider the Tudor style. These easily recognizable dwellings with their steeply-pitched roofs and distinctive exterior beam patterns bespeak a genteel way of life! You’ll find them in upscale residential neighborhoods throughout DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County and Maryland.
How do you know a Tudor house when you see it? It’s quite simple. The exteriors are typically stucco, stone, brick or a combination of all of those. Multiple gabled roofs are common, including side gables. But it’s the half-timbering that really sets the look, with boards added to the exterior, mimicking the original centuries old technique of exposed support beams.
Tudor or “English Tudor” homes were one of many revival trends that cropped up during the early 20th century. For that reason, the more accurate term is Tudor Revival. But these sublime residences don’t necessarily have to be old. In fact, custom builders still get plenty of requests for new luxury Tudor construction.
The origins of the architecture date way back to the 1400’s. Back then, the style was applied to a wide range of construction from small country cottages with thatched roofs and wattle walls to ornate medieval castles and churches. The Tudor Revival trend in DC and surrounding areas began around the turn of the 20th century and gained popularity during the 1920’s and 1930’s when it became the region’s most popular new design.
Tudor Revivals lost a bit of popularity during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s due to the “European look.” That was an era when suburban buyers in the DC Metro area seemed consumed with Ramblers, Split-Levels and mid-century modern homes. But the style came roaring back in the 1960’s and has continued to be one of the go-too luxury preferences ever since.
Whether it’s an antique in DC’s Spring Valley or Cleveland Park, a huge custom home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, or a gracious abode in Bethesda, Maryland, Tudors are an enduring tip of the hat to classic style and elegance. Other design elements in addition to those previously mentioned can include ornate windows comprised of multiple small panes of glass, brick inlay around doorways and chimneys topped with decorative pots.
There are a lot of factors when it comes to pricing a Tudor home for sale—notably size, age, condition and location. These luxury listings often start in the mid-six figures but can climb into the many millions of dollars. But imagine the pleasure you’ll have once you have settled into your lovely home and begun work on your English garden!
Call District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600, to learn more about Tudor homes in the DC Metro area.