Popular Home Styles in Austin

Dated: 11/07/2018

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Originally Posted on September 7, 2018

Mid-Century Modern. Colonial. Craftsman. Ranch. Tudor. Mediterranean. If you’ve ever watched any HGTV, you’ve likely heard these terms thrown around when referring to which home style might be on a buyer’s wish list. But do you really know what the differences are among home styles? Are you curious to know what a few of the popular styles in Austin might be?

Undoubtedly, the architecture and home styles seen in a city reflect its character and overall “vibe”. And Austin is no exception – the city has a unique blend of home styles that have been shaped by its history, different cultures, and the local landscape and lifestyle. As the city has evolved, so too has the design of Austin area homes.

Here’s a brief look at a few of the popular home styles you can find within the Austin area:

Queen Anne/Victorian

Victorian architecture was incredibly popular throughout the U.S. from the late 1800′s to the early 1900′s, particularly the American Queen Anne style. Notable features include asymmetrical facades; prominent gables; covered and wrap-around porches; round, square, or octagonal towers; large bay windows; and differing wall textures (like fish scale patterns). The Queen Anne “cottage” look also incorporates many of these elements, but on a smaller scale. In Austin, Hyde Park and Travis Heights have many great examples of Victorian/Queen Anne architecture.


The American Craftsman style emerged towards the end of the 1800′s in a move to simplify some of the elements found in the more ornate Queen Anne style. Craftsman homes largely kept the gables, dramatic roof lines, columns, and eaves common in the Queen Anne style – but simplified the interior of the homes by opening up the living, dining, and kitchen areas versus having choppy rooms. In addition to Hyde Park, you’ll also find Craftsman style homes in the North Loop, Crestview, Allandale, and Pemberton Heights areas.

Hill Country

Hill Country architecture stretches back to the mid- to late-1800′s when many European settlers emigrated to the areas comprising the Central Texas region. Masonry – in particular, locally abundant white limestone – is a very common feature in the Hill Country style, and is often combined with wood elements like exposed beams. Over the years, Hill Country style has evolved to include Spanish and Mediterranean elements as well as Modern/Contemporary features. You really won’t find the Hill Country “look” in any other region of Texas – it’s a unique style that celebrates the deep historical roots and heritage found in Central Texas.


Spanish and Mediterranean style architecture has been present in the Austin area since before Texas was even called Texas! With roots in colonial Spain and Mexico, this home style is easy to spot – with an emphasis on stone and stucco, wide arches, barrel tile roofs, verandas, courtyards, and a seamless flow between interior and outside areas. There’s no shortage of this type of home throughout the Austin area – it’s easily one of the most popular styles.


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As Austin has surged as a hot real estate market over the last few years, there’s been a huge rise in the popularity and demand for more modern and contemporary home styles. With sleek lines, minimalism, and a focus on function, modern and contemporary homes are all the rage in Austin right now – and you see them throughout the city and even the suburbs (the Serene Hills and McCormick Ranch communities are great examples). Modern and contemporary homes often employ the latest in environmentally friendly “green” building techniques and smart home technologies. Variations such as Mid-Century Modern and Farmhouse Modern are also very popular throughout Austin.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about just a few of the home style options available in the Austin area. And, if you are looking for a particular style of home to purchase, I’d love to help! I can help identify areas within Austin that would fit both your “vibe” and budget. Contact me with any questions or call/text me at 512-230-4419.

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Melissa Van Leeuwen

Though I was born and raised in Panama, I've lived in Texas since 2002 - spending seven years in the DFW area before moving....

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