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How Americans’ Taste in Houses Has Evolved Over the Last Century
Jed Kolko, Trulia / The Atlantic Cities / May 3, 2013
Would you rather have a newly-built home or a piece of local history? Across America today, you can find homes for sale that were built in the 19th century or as recently as yesterday. There’s no mistaking a 1920s Dutch colonial, a 1970s A-frame, or a 2000s home tricked out with the latest spa features.
To guide you through the decades, we looked at listings on Trulia from the past two years and found descriptive phrases that are most characteristic of homes built in each decade.
But just because you want a 19th century Victorian or a 1950s brick rambler doesn’t mean you can find one: each region of the country had its own construction heyday, and the age of homes for sale today in a local market reflect when in history that location had population growth and new home construction. So buckle up … it’s time to take a trip back in the time machine.
The Way Homes Used to Be: Homes Before 1940
San Francisco Victorians, New York pre-war buildings: old homes are part of local history in much of the country. But across the Sunbelt, population growth has been more recent, so truly old homes are rare. This interactive map shows the percent of on-market homes (as of the last week in March 2013) built in each decade in the largest major metros. (A screen shot of the map is below).