Most Popular Home Styles in the Southern US

by Mahogany WaldonApril 26, 2018

Everyone wants to find their perfect home. Many homebuyers know exactly what they want their home to look like, down to exterior and interior design details. Across the U.S., home styles become trends due to their popularity, geographic location, and other factors specific to an area. For instance, in somewhere that’s prone to flooding like New Orleans, you won’t typically find a lot of low-lying, ranch-style homes – this isn’t to say that they don’t exist in the Crescent City, but geographically speaking, it’s unrealistic. You may not know all the details of the effects that geography can have on a home’s design, but for that reason, we’ve compiled a series of graphics to help home buyers get a feel for which home styles are popular in various parts of the country.
A map highlighting the southern US with a description and three images of home styles popular in the South including southern, traditional, and European style.

Southern US

The south is known for its Southern hospitality, slow, easy living, and rural aesthetics. Generally, southern states are considered to be those that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Although some southern states aren’t geographically in the south, like Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and Arkansas; tradition and geography still play a huge role in the design and architecture of the homes in these states.

Southern Style

Plantation style homes were once an integral part of southern architecture. Although every southern style home isn’t a plantation, many are styled to mimic them. This home design is comprised of large, spacious structures. In the past, if you had a southern house, it was probably also accompanied by a large parcel of land. Today, they can range from imposing and grandiose to modest and residential.

Traditional Style

The traditional style home is popular across the country. In the south, this typically two-story structure with a wide porch is a great relief in the summer when temperatures in the South reach outrageous highs. These spacious homes let in a lot of cool air and are a staple of southern craftsmanship.

European Style

Ranging from Victorian to Colonial home styles, European houses are typically large and feature steep roofs and gables. This style can include Tuscan, English, French, and even Spanish-styled features. Many of these popular European varieties include French Tudor homes, English cottages, Swiss Chalets, and more. European style homes are elegant structures, which are as unique as the South itself!

So there you have it. If you’ve got your looking for nice, southern hospitality, consider moving into a home with one of these trends. Don’t forget to check out some of our listings that include your favorite. Need some inspiration on how to bring your favorite style to life? No worries, we’ve also compiled everything you need to know about home decor and how to accentuate your favorite style. Let us know in the comments below which one stands out to you the most.

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About The Author
Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.