Real Estate 101: House Style Series - Colonial

Dated: August 30 2023

Views: 185

Our Real Estate 101: House Style Series covers a variety of architectural styles that can be found in the Chicagoland area, including Tudors, Cape Cods, Craftsman-style homes, and more. Find definitions of terms like "pitch" and "hipped" in our June 2023 Real Estate 101: Gable or Gambrel? Dormer or Bay? blog post. Subscribe to our e-news to catch the next post in our house style series. 


The Colonial architectural style encompasses several styles of homes, including Georgian, Cape Cod, French Colonial, and Dutch Colonial. Traditional Colonials, sometimes called American, British, or English Colonial, feature a generally simple symmetrical design with a central door, two or three levels, and a rectangular shape. 


Example 1
512 S Poplar, Elmhurst

LW Reedy's listing at 521 S Poplar in Elmhurst shows the classic Colonial symmetrical design with central entry and the same number of the same size of shuttered, multi-pane windows placed consistently on both sides of the front door. 

Example 2
151 S Kenmore, Elmhurst

LW Reedy's listing at 151 S Kenmore shows a more modern take on the Colonial-style house, still exhibiting the symmetrical design with central entry and the same number of the same size of windows on both sides of the front door but without shutters or multi-paned windows. This design also shows how the addition of a garage to the design impacts the typical symmetry of a classic Colonial-style home. 

Classic Colonial Staircases

Both homes demonstrate the classic wood, central staircase at the entry of the home found in most classic Colonials. 

Other styles of Colonial houses, like Georgians, Cape Cods, and Dutch Colonials, vary somewhat from the traditional Colonial in various ways. For example, Georgian-style homes boast more decorative exteriors, Cape Cods usually have a smaller footprint, and Dutch Colonials feature a gambrel or barn-like roof.

Learn more about different house styles in the next post in our Real Estate 101: House Styles Series.

Get in touch with your LW Reedy real estate agent today for answers to your questions about house styles, buying or selling a house, the real estate market, or Elmhurst and surrounding communities.

Latest Blog Posts

The View From 101 York: Holiday Movies, Holiday Wines, Winter Sports, New Year's Eve & More

Whether you want to take the kids to see A Christmas Story in theaters, explore the forest preserves on snowshoes, discover holiday wines, or make plans for New Years Eve, Elmhurst and the

Read More

AROUND TOWN: 40th Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving Day in 1984, 74 participants donned handmade numbers and trotted through the 2.5-mile course that Dan Gibbons had laid out using his car's odometer. The $520 raised by the event;

Read More

Home Care 101: Protect Your Home While Away

Preparing for the holidays is always a busy time. Cooking. Cleaning. Shopping. Wrapping. Parties. Concerts. Celebrations. And travel. With the busyness of the season, it can be easy to overlook or

Read More

The View From 101 York: Winter Holiday Events 2023

Before we know it, Ogelthorpe will be setting off for his 40th annual turkey trot through Elmhurst, and Santa's not far behind. There is all kinds of holiday fun to be had in and around Elmhurst

Read More