27th Friday Jan 2012

Guide to 16 Classic Los Angeles Home Styles

Written by: Vanessa
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16 Classic Los Angeles Home Styles

Los Angeles, the magazine I have a lifetime subscription to, features “classic” LA things from A-Z in its February 2012 issue. Highlights include “Elysian Park” for “E” and, not surprisingly, “quakes” for “Q.” “Architecture” kicks off the letter “A” with a pictorial of the 16 most classic LA home styles. Certain styles, like Spanish Revival, are so ubiquitous that they’ve become synonymous with LA. Lucky us for living in a city overflowing with these beautiful character homes. – Los Angeles Magazine

16 Classic LA Styles

  • Adobe: The city’s first permanent homes made from mud and straw
  • Italianate: Also known as “neoclassical Italian Renaissance”


  • Eastlake: Characterized by vertical beams & linear details
  • Queen Anne: Victorian details, domes and wraparound porches
  • Mission Revival: Inspired by missions with romantic arches and arcades
  • Craftman: Inspired by Japanese design and nature
  • Bungalow: Craftsman-inspired with porches, gabled roofs and overhangs
  • Spanish Revival: Inspired by the homes of Spain with red-tiled roofs

Spanish Revival

  • Storybook: Inspired by French farmhouses with exaggerated roofs
  • Tudor: Inspired by the medieval English country houses
  • International: Stripped down with indoor-outdoor orientation
  • Streamline: Early modern design
  • Colonial: Elegant brick construction with shutters and chimneys


  • Minimal Traditional: Born during WWII, austere, simple homes
  • Ranch: First suburb home that was as wide as the San Fernando Valley
  • Modern: Clean lines, modern elements and high-quality materials
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  1. artgeeky said:

    January 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Lovely! I can’t get enough of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in SoCal.

    • soulfulabode said:

      January 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Me too! After 2 years we just completed restoring our 1928 Spanish beauty. There’s just something so warm and inviting about this home style.

  2. thewizdyme said:

    January 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I actually love houses. Use to work as a Realtor in VA. Thank you for the refresher. Currently in Florida where there are a lot of of the Spanish Colonials. Dreamy. My favorite are Victorian-Edwardian style homes. Queen Anne’s are neat too.

    • soulfulabode said:

      January 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Victorians are stunning! Have you had a chance to check them out in San Francisco? Rows and rows of perfectly maintained Victorians

  3. thewizdyme said:

    January 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I have been to San Fran. once, but never had a chance to view any of the Victorians. I’ve only seen them on television. I bet they cost a pretty penny, huh?

    I am in L.A. sometimes though. A move may be in my future.

    • soulfulabode said:

      January 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Lol yes–several million pretty pennies

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