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    Architectural Styles In Central Oregon Real Estate

    Every house, no matter how plain or extravagant, has a style. You can find quite a range of architectural styles throughout central Oregon.  However, the eleven styles noted below are the only ones formally acknowledged by the Central Oregon MLS.

    Whenever a broker enters a new listing into the system, he/she is presented these eleven choices to choose from to best describe the listing’s style. Renovations and additions can make assigning a style to a specific home a challenging prospect. Because of this, many homes can fall under multiple style designations (i.e. Craftsman & Bungalow). Also keep in mind that because the style designation is up to each individual listing agent, it will always be subject to their interpretation of it. For example, if you are searching for homes in the Craftsman style, don’t be alarmed if they don’t all look like the Gamble House. In all likelihood, most will not.

    Architectural Styles
    Bungalow | Chalet | Contemporary | Cottage | Craftsman | Log/Log Look | Ranch/One Story | Split-Level | Traditional | TudorTwo Story

     


     

    Bungalow

    These narrow, rectangular one and one-half story houses originated in California during the 1880s as a reaction to the elaborate decoration of Victorian homes. The style then moved eastward to the Midwest in the early 20th century, where it remained popular until the Great Depression. Bungalows have low-pitched gabled or hipped roofs and small covered porches at the entry. The style became so popular that you could order a bungalow kit from Sears and Roebuck catalog. The name “bungalow” had its origins in India, where it indicated a small, thatched home.realtor.org

    Bungalow searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa |  | Redmond/Eagle Crest/TerrebonneCrooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area) | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch)

     

    Chalet

    Traditionally, chalets are rustic homes based on Swiss alpine cottages. This style is most notably characterized by gabled roofs with wide eaves, exposed construction beams, large brackets, balconies, and large windows. In its most popular form, these homes are rectangular plans of two or two and a half stories incorporating rustic materials with decorative carving & moldings. However, within central Oregon, the word “chalet” has come to include smaller homes that may not tick all of the boxes of the traditional chalet. For example, they might retain the wide roof overhangs but do away with the balconies and ornamental detailing that you would normally find in the more traditional Swiss Chalet.

    Chalet searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/AlfalfaRedmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River Ranch | Sisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La PineNorth Klamath County | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area) | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch)

     

    Contemporary

    You know them by their odd-sized and often tall windows, their lack of ornamentation, and their unusual mixtures of wall materials–stone, brick, and wood, for instance. Architects designed Contemporary-style homes (in the Modern family) between 1950 and 1970 and created two versions: the flat-roof and gabled types. The latter is often characterized by exposed beams. Both breeds tend to be one-story tall and were designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape into their overall look.realtor.org

    Contemporary searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La PineNorth Klamath County | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area) | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch)

     

    Cottage

    These are smaller homes. Usually, single story, though one and a half stories are not uncommon. Curb appeal is often a factor and cottages can incorporate Craftsman style details or more whimsical storybook details such as arched doorways, round windows, and stained and/or leaded glass.

    Cottage searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River Ranch Sisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area) | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch)

     

    Craftsman

    Popularized at the turn of the 20th century by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley in his magazine, The Craftsman, the Craftsman-style bungalow reflected, said Stickley, “a house reduced to its simplest form… its low, broad proportions and absolute lack of ornamentation gives it a character so natural and unaffected that it seems to… blend with any landscape.” The style, which was also widely billed as the “California bungalow” by architects such as Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, featured overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. Material often included stone, rough-hewn wood, and stucco. Many homes have wide front porches across part of the front, supported by columns.realtor.org

    Craftsman searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River Ranch | Sisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La PineNorth Klamath County | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area) | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch)

     

    Log/Log Look

    Log homes usually incorporate rectangular floorplans, though angled walls are not uncommon. While panelized, log-look siding can be used over more conventional framing, true log construction is done with round logs or logs cut to a rectangular profile. These homes often incorporate other rustic materials, such as stone, into their overall design. Log homes are often found as smaller homes or cabins but can be designed as large estate homes as well.

    Log/Log Look searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La PineNorth Klamath County | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch) | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area)

     

    Ranch/One Story

    Sometimes called the California ranch style, this home in the Modern family, originated there in the 1930s. It emerged as one of the most popular American styles in the 1950s and 60s, when the automobile had replaced early 20th-century forms of transportation, such as streetcars. Now mobile homebuyers could move to the suburbs into bigger homes on bigger lots. The style takes its cues from Spanish Colonial and Prairie and Craftsman homes, and is characterized by its one-story, pitched-roof construction, built-in garage, wood or brick exterior walls, sliding and picture windows, and sliding doors leading to patios.realtor.org

    Ranch/One Story searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch) | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area)

    Split Level

    A Modern style that architects created to sequester certain living activities–such as sleeping or socializing–split levels offered a multilevel alternative to the ubiquitous style in the 1950s. The nether parts of a typical design were devoted to a garage and TV room; the midlevel, which usually jutted out from the two-story section, offered “quieter” quarters, such as the living and dining rooms; and the area above the garage was designed for bedrooms. Found mostly in the East and Midwest, split-levels, like their Ranch counterparts, were constructed with various building materials.realtor.org

    Split Level searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch) | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area)

     

    Traditional

    Traditional homes can incorporate style characteristics from other home styles all in the same home. In central Oregon, the “Traditional” heading is also used as a catch-all for styles not currently recognized by the Central Oregon MLS.

    Traditional searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch /Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch) | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area)

     

    Tudor

    This architecture style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and continues to be a mainstay in suburbs across the United States. The defining characteristics are half-timbering on bay windows and upper floors, and facades that are dominated by one or more steeply pitched cross gables. Patterned brick or stone walls are common, as are rounded doorways, multi-paned casement windows, and large stone chimneys. A subtype of the Tudor Revival style is the Cotswold Cottage. With a sloping roof and a massive chimney at the front, a Cotswold Cottage may remind you of a picturesque storybook home.realtor.org

    Tudor searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch) | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area)

     

    Two Story

    This heading can include anything that isn’t a single story. Again, it is up to each individual agent to note the style of a given property.  If you are looking for single or multiple stories, it is often best to use the “More+” button to further refine your search results based on the number of desired stories rather than rely on the “style” designation – which may or may not be included.  The “More+” button can be found to the far right of the search bar on any page of search results. You need to perform a search first in order to be able to refine it via this button.

    Two Story searches by area
    Bend/Tumalo/Pronghorn/Alfalfa | Redmond/Eagle Crest/Terrebonne | Crooked River RanchSisters/Black Butte Ranch/Camp Sherman | Sunriver | Three Rivers South | La Pine | North Klamath County | Crook County (Prineville/Powell Butte/Brasada Ranch) | Jefferson County (Madras/Metolius/Culver/3 Rivers Rec. Area)

     


     

    Other Architectural Styles

    The following styles are not recognized by the Central Oregon MLS, even though a number of them (including Art Deco, Prarie, Pueblo, Shed, Shingle-Style, etc.) do exist in central Oregon. If the listing agent has mentioned them by name within the listing description, a keyword search should be able to find them. The links below will take you to their associated guide pages at realtor.org.

    Art Deco | Cape Cod | Colonial | Creole | Dutch Colonial | Federal | French Provincial | Georgian | Gothic Revival | Greek Revival | International | Italianate | Monterey | National | Neoclassical | Prairie | Pueblo (aka Adobe) | Queen AnneRegency | Saltbox | Second Empire | Shed | Victorian | Stick | Spanish Eclectic | Shotgun | Shingle Style

    In addition to those styles, there are a few others that you may encounter.  Below are several that come to mind. As with the list above, these are not recognized by the Central Oregon MLS but might come up under a keyword search if they have been used within a listing’s written description.

    • Cascadian – This is a northwest regional mountain style that is similar to the style you might find in the Rocky Mountain states, but with a lighter touch.  For example, eave and fascia profiles are not as bulky and roof and siding materials are not quite as heavy in feel. Timberline Lodge, Crater Lake Lodge, and Skamania Lodge are notable examples of this style, but it can be applied to single-family homes as well.
    • Mediterranean – There are several different interpretations of the word “Mediterranean” with regard to architectural style. One example would be the white-washed villages of the Greek Islands with their pillow-vaulted roofs and blue doors & shutters. However, in central Oregon, you are much more likely to find an interpretation that is Spanish flavored, with tiled roofs and earth-toned walls (see also Spanish Eclectic).
    • Northwest – This is sort of a catch-all moniker for a regional style that seems to share some aesthetic commonalities with Scandinavian architecture. Some of the older homes at Sunriver and Black Butte Ranch can fall under this heading.  The same could be said for some of the older buildings at Kah-Nee-Tah. Some of the hallmarks of this style are shed roofs and asymmetrical design – both in floor plan and elevation.  The “Northwest” designation can also apply to newer homes that embrace many of the same ideals, but with modern materials and sustainability in mind.
    • Tuscan – This is a somewhat more rustic offshoot of the Mediterranean style that has been quite popular in central Oregon in recent years. Tuscany Pines and Ranch At The Canyons are two notable subdivisions that have embraced it.

     

    Further Reading

    The following titles are excellent resources with regard to architectural style(s):

     

     


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