Move over, midcentury modern! Tudor-style homes are ready for their time in the spotlight. If you’ve ever dreamed of life in a romantic country manor, we urge you to consider the asymmetrical temptations of a Tudor.
Tudor architecture originated in England during the reign of the Tudor kings, which began in the late 15th century and carried through the end of the reign of Elizabeth I, who died in 1603. It took off in the United States in the mid-19th century, incorporating some medieval Gothic influences, and maintained its popularity through the 1940s.
What defines a true Tudor? The homes often feature a steeply pitched roof with multiple overlapping, front-facing gables. Typically, the exterior is brick, with decorative half-timbering, and features tall, narrow windows with multiple rectangular or diamond-shaped panes. The front doors are typically not centered and are topped by a round arch. Another signature element are the chimneys: Most Tudors have a decorative chimney pot topping brick chimneys.
If this all sounds ideal to you, you’re in luck! We’ve spotted 10 charming Tudors you can buy right now. For buyers in search of a home with an Old World feel, yet stacked with modern conveniences, scroll on down for 10 terrific Tudors.
Hilltop Tudor: This recently renovated 1927 home stands tall like a castle in a tale by the Brothers Grimm. But have no fear, the inside isn’t spooky at all. Featuring high ceilings with wood beams and plenty of natural light, the 3,359-square-foot home offers plenty of space to roam about. Best of all, the four-bedroom classic is also perched at the top of a hill, with impressive views and within walking distance of the Berkeley Rose Garden.
Stately stone Tudor: This 1932 Tudor sits on over an acre, with lush green gardens, and exudes an English country vibe. Charming elements include stone and tile flooring, a grand staircase, formal dining and living spaces, and mature landscaping with plenty of English ivy. Although it feels secluded, the Philadelphia-area manse is only minutes from shopping, dining, and public transportation.
Storybook Tudor: Quaint architecture here gives way to modern style, and once you walk through the classic arched doorway, you’re likely to be entranced. This charming home comes complete with an authentic stone English courtyard that opens up to ponds, cottage gardens, and a conservatory. Filled with modern conveniences, the home has plenty of authentic Tudor details, including turrets, wood beam ceilings, and stonework. It’s even equipped with an elegant library—tea, anyone?
One of a kind: If you’re looking for a luxurious Tudor with exclusive access to a private lake, sail on in. Located less than 30 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this stately home from 1930, with 300 feet of unobstructed water frontage, is worthy of a second look. It has the feel of an authentic Tudor, with its turrets, brick siding, and arched doorways. Inside, you’ll find formal living and dining spaces and even a wine cellar. Out back, the home features an in-ground pool and brick-laid patio, in keeping with the home’s style.
Marvelous in Minnesota: Built in 1925, this Tudor underwent custom renovations that retained the historical charm of the home while adding modern touches. The original hardwood floors, millwork, and fireplaces were preserved, while the rest of the 6,000 square feet got a makeover. In the backyard, there’s a charming brick courtyard with beautiful landscaping. The location offers lovely views of Lake Harriet and lies in walking distance of the Lake Harriet Rose Garden.
Bright and light: While Tudors are known for their detailed window paneling, they often conjure the atmosphere of a dim medieval dwelling, thanks to their heavy timber and stonework. This renovated 1928 Tudor, though, was designed to let in the light! It features an open floor plan and a flow ideal for entertaining family and friends. The backyard is open as well—perfectly level for outdoor games or perhaps a pool.
Elegance and charm: Elegant with a touch of cottage charm is the best way to describe this 1924 Tudor. Featuring such formal details as oversized original millwork, hardwood floors, and multiple fireplaces, it is also full of trendy details, like subway tiles, vaulted ceilings, and a new marble bath. The yard features professional landscaping with mature trees, and a gated garden complete with a stone fountain.
Country club Tudor: Located on a sought-after street, this home, whose price was just reduced from $1.995 million, has everything you want in a Tudor and then some. Built in 1930, the home has been extensively remodeled, while still retaining many of its original details. The home includes an outdoor kitchen space and covered second-floor porch for year-round use—a must for those Minnesota winters!
Majestic in Mount Vernon: You’ll find this beautiful brick Tudor just a short train ride away from Grand Central in Manhattan. Built in 1936, it packs in modern conveniences such as Elfa shelving systems, Nest thermostats, and remote-controlled fireplaces. The home also features plenty of lovely landscaping, including a beautiful stone patio and a fenced yard with mature plants.
Wisconsin wonder: This Wisconsin Tudor makes a grand statement, thanks to its stone and stucco facade. The copper and clay-tile roof emphasizes the home’s beige stone exterior, and gives the home a unique look. Built in 1928, the home features custom cabinetry, stone tops, high-end appliances, plaster, leaded-glass windows, and a charming sunroom with authentic terra-cotta flooring. The beautifully landscaped backyard with a brick patio and lush perennials also adds immense charm to the home.
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