Happy Birthday, America! As Independence Day approaches, we contemplated how homes in America have evolved. From longhouses and Colonials, to mid-century modern, split-level and dome homes, we’ve seen a lot of changes over the years in housing styles.
In honor of America’s 235th year of independence, we brushed up on our history and put together a list of homes marking significantly historic periods, starting with 1776.
1776 Colonial (below)
1257 Poquonock Ave Windsor CT
For Sale: $379,900
The year was 1776: Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” was published and Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Congress. It was also the year this Connecticut home was built (above). This piece of Windsor real estate is a page out of history with its traditional Colonial style, including hardwood floors and seven brick fireplaces.
1816 Antebellum Plantation (below)
1161 Davis Academy Rd, Madison, GA
For Sale: $1,750,000
Antebellum is Latin for “before the war” and is used most often to describe the pre-Civil War era of successful plantations in America’s South. This elegant home on the Madison real estate market could be Scarlett O’Hara’s “Tara” with a curving drive, backyard screened front porch, pine floors and over 4,000-square-feet of living space.
1855 California Gold Rush (below)
641 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg CA
For Sale: $595,000
California’s nickname “The Golden State” salutes its golden sunshine but it also gives tribute to its Gold Rush days. Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma in 1848, creating a mad dash for the West Coast and possible riches. This home on the Healdsburg real estate market was constructed in 1855 by early California pioneer Lindsay Carson, brother of famous frontiersman Kit Carson. The home has only one bedroom and one bathroom, echoing the modesty and simplicity of many of the homes of that time.
1895 Midwest Homestead (below)
5305 Herbert Hoover Hwy NE, West Branch IA
For Sale: $750,000
Do you know how the (mid)west was won? Through farming. In 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act, which gave citizens the right to land after they settled it and “improved” it for five years. Many Midwest towns were developed through these settlements. Although it’s not certain whether this home on the West Branch real estate market was a Homestead Act property, it was built in 1895 and sits on over nine acres. The 4-bedroom, 2-bath home includes a barn and vineyards.
1920s Bungalow (below)
5916 N Moore Ave, Portland OR
For Sale: $335,000
Built in 1925, this Portland real estate gem offers charming bungalow characteristics such as built-in bookcases and shelving, coved ceilings, and hardwood floors. Relatively inexpensive to build, the bungalow became increasingly popular after 1905 and was the first home to be built in mass throughout the country. According to “American Shelter” by Lester Walker, the bungalow incorporated a variety of home styles including Craftsman, adobe styles in the Southwest and rural beach cottages on the East Coast.
1950s Levittown Home (below)
38 Pebble Ln, Levittown, NY
For Sale: $425,000
Following World War II, housing was in high demand for returning soldiers and their families. William Levitt, noticing this need, created Levittown with his sons — the first planned community for returning veterans. Most homes in the Levittown real estate market from this era did not have basements, were built on concrete slabs and became a model for many of the suburbs that popped up in the 1950s. Built in 1958, this Levittown home is a typical no-frills model with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
1960s Mid-Century Modern
232 Monarch Bay Dr, Dana Point, CA
For Sale: $850,000
Mid-century modern homes and interiors have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity due to the hit television show “Mad Men.” Mid-century modern architecture began post-WWII and became a popular home style in the mid 1960s as a continuation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style of homes. The homes are usually characterized by glass walls, low, over-sized roofs and clean lines. This remodeled home on the Dana Point real estate market was built in 1964 and features an open floor plan, flat roof and large floor-to-ceiling windows typical of a mid-century style.
1980s McMansion Tract Developments
711 Lookout Ridge Dr, Westerville, OH
For Sale: $414,900
The affluence of the mid-1980s and ’90s led way to bigger construction and larger lots in suburban neighborhoods. Identified by two-story construction with high ceilings, formal dining rooms and large square footage, “McMansions” began to spring up across the country. Following the recession, there has been a backlash against the “McMansion” construction with more and more home buyers looking for smaller homes. This home on the Westerville real estate market is a perfect example of a McMansion-style home with a whopping 5,333 square feet of living space, large bedrooms, and rec room.
2000s Green Homes of the Future
Undisclosed address, East Hampton, NY
For Sale: $745,000
If the trend continues, the home of the future seems to be more green whether it’s built with recycled materials or runs on solar power. This home in the Hamptons was built in 2008 and is almost completely off the grid, requiring little to no outside utilities. At $745,000, this home is considered reasonable for the East Hampton real estate market; median East Hampton home values are presently $1,742,400. See more green homes.