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Celebrating Seattle Architectural Styles

July 03, 2017

As any Seattle real estate agent will tell you, searching for a property in this city is like sifting through a treasure trove of architectural gems. There is a rich variety of real estate available, you just have to know what you're looking for. Here is a guide to some of the most popular styles of Seattle homes.

Craftsman style bungalows

These can be found in any Seattle neighborhood. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement in England, these simple, well designed homes became popular in the early 1900s as the population of Seattle tripled in size and the market responded to the influx of people. Thanks to the new streetcar system, city residents were able to move a little way out of the city into more spacious accommodation. Craftsman bungalows comprise of one story and can be recognized by their covered porches and eaves.

The Seattle Box

Featuring heavily in Seattle’s homes for sale listings is the Seattle Box. Also inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, these two or three story family homes also feature influences of Prairie, Tudor, Victorian and Mission styles. The Box can be recognized by its extended bay windows on the second floor, prominent dormer windows and front entrance set off center of a big porch. The Seattle Box became popular during the population boom when people were seeking easy to construct homes. 

Queen Anne 

Seattle is home to many fine examples of Queen Anne architecture. The houses with double hung, high narrow windows featuring narrow panels and white painted trim are popular with those seeking luxury real estate. Bay windows, large porches and spacious rooms offer the comfort that homeowners revere.


Much sought after Tudor style real estate features a highly-pitched roof, giving a triangular effect, false half timbering on the exterior and coved ceilings and mahogany trim inside. Built in the 1920s and 1930s the storybook quality of these homes keeps them in high demand.

Modern contemporary 

These days, anything goes! Contemporary real estate is an experiment of styles and materials looking to achieve maximum efficiency, comfort and eco credentials. Metal, glass and concrete exteriors and internal smart appliances marry together to create individual character. The perfect manifestation of our Seattle style.

Whether you're looking for something beautiful and traditional or stunning and contemporary, Seattle real estate offers it all.

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Scott is more than just a realtor: in the short time that I have known him he has become a trusted advisor and friend.  I first had the pleasure of working with Scott when I decided to sell my property on the East side.  He went well beyond what I came to expect from other brokers and helped me in every aspect of getting my house ready for sale.  He also gathered the most up-to-date market intelligence so that we could set the right offering price.  Once the sale was done, Scott gave me the education I needed to purchase my new home in Seattle with confidence.  Throughout the process he provided personalized service and had a team of specialists on standby to assist in every aspect of the transaction.  If you’ve spent any time looking at real estate in Seattle recently, you know that every advantage counts.  In today’s competitive market, you need a person like Scott on your side. ~ Mark M.

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