Here are some of the mores popular home styles in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA:
A symmetrical, peaked roof often with dormer windows, which creates a one- and-a-half story design with living space upstairs.
A two-story design with center hall or side entry, often with a basement. Variations may feature double or single wings with a garage.
Modern and non-traditional creation of living spaces using clean lines, newer materials and simple, functional design. An open use of space is characteristic. Single or multiple stories.
Multi-story building with elevator access to individually owned apartments; monthly fee for use of recreation facilities, maintenance and utilities.
A single-story house with all living areas on same level. Variations: L-shape or U-shape plan, some with basement. Sometimes called a ranch, bungalow or cottage.
Split Foyer /Split Entry
Entry is between floors. Makes use of slope by placing basement partially above ground level on uphill side; basement becomes livable space.
A row of two- or three-story dwellings sharing common walls. Wide range of styles. “Semi-detached” describes a townhouse end unit.
Side wing has two levels off main ground floor; designed for maximum living space. Garage and sub-basement are frequent options.
Attached units, four stories or less. Resident owns living space while jointly owning public areas; monthly fee often covers maintenance, amenities and sometimes water.
Easy to spot thanks to its ornate spindles, towers, wrap-around porches and stunning bay windows. The whimsical-like architecture dates back to the Victorian era.
If you can clearly describe the features you require, your real estate agent can do a preliminary screening for you. After you select the best houses, you can concentrate on analyzing your top choices.
How many people will be living in the house? Do you prefer a new or resale home? What is your ideal housing style? Townhouse, colonial, contemporary, split level, split foyer, Cape Cod, rambler or something else?
How many total rooms do you need? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Do you require features such as a separate living room, dining room, laundry room, basement, attic, family room, fireplace, workshop area or garage? How much property do you require? Do you have preferences for any particular natural features?