Long Island NY Home Style Descriptions

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Real Estate Agent with The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803
 

The North Shore Of Long Island is comprised of many different architectural single-family home styles. Most important when buying a Long Island home is to understand what your needs are, the differences between the types of homes you will find on The North Shore, and the process to becoming a homeowner.

 

Here Are Some Styles You Will Find On Long Island ~

 

Ranch ~  On The North Shore of Long Island the main characteristic in a Ranch is that all living space is on one level. There are also Expanded Ranch homes where a room may have been added, and Farm Ranch where the master bedroom is usually on the main level and additional bedrooms and bath on the upper level.

 

 

Colonial ~ This style of house has two levels and most of the time an attic. Most have a center hall entry with a staircase to the right or left, or straight ahead. The main living areas such as kitchen, dining room, living room and den are usually on this level and also a half bath. The second floor may have two, three or more bedrooms and another 2 baths or more. These may or may not have a basement. A popular style on the North Shore.

 

High Ranch ~ Typically, this house has an entry of five or so steps leading up into a foyer, with steps going up and down from there. Those going up usually lead to a living room, an "L" shaped dining room, eat-in-kitchen, three or more bedrooms, and one or more bathrooms. The steps down lead to a den, an additional bedroom and bath, utility room, a garage and access to the backyard. In other parts of the country, it is sometimes known as a tri-level.

 

Split Level ~  Usually, there are three or more levels, with four steps or more up or down to each level. The split can be side-to-side or front to back, but usually each level sits over another living area. The entrance level usually has a living room, dining room and eat-in-kitchen. The lower level is usually a den and a 1/2 bath, and even lower is the basement. Up from the main entry level are usually 3 or more bedrooms and additional baths. 
 
 
Capes ~ This style home grew in popularity during the depression as the demand for economical housing increased, and were popular in the 1950's on Long Island. They were considered inexpensive starter homes. They have pitched "A" line ceilings in the upper level bedrooms and sometimes have 1 or 2 bedrooms on the main level .
 
 
 
 
 
Contemporary ~  Characterized by their unique, spacious designs that often feature "great rooms", cathedral ceilings, skylight and openness. They were very popular on Long Island's North Shore in the 1980's. In recent years, we have seen them listed as re-sales mainly.
 
 
 
 
 
Splanch ~ It's not a Ranch and it's not a Split Level. The Splanch is a 3 level house with the Living Room separated in-between the main entry with Eat-In-Kitchen, Dining Room, Den and half bath. The bedrooms are on the third level. These usually have small basements where the laundry area is located. The Splanch was a favorite in the 1960's on the South and North Shores of Long Island. Splanches can be found elsewhere, but are not common, and most people from out of state have never heard of a Splanch.
 
 
Post Modern ~ Presently a popular design for a house style on The North Shore Of Long Island. They can be a Ranch or a Colonial with many shapes and sizes and are mostly found in newer homes on the market today. They usually combine new ideas with traditional forms. These usually do not stay on the market long once listed.
 
 
 
 
There are also Victorian, Cottage, Dutch Colonial, Traditional, Tudor, Antique/Historic, and Estates on Long Island's North Shore.
 
Check back again for more descriptions of the architectural style homes on The North Shore Of Long Island!
 

Are you moving to The North Shore? What type of home is right for you? The choice is many, and the choice on Long Island is Yours!

 

Call Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and Licensed RE Salesperson when you are ready to purchase your Style Of Home on the North Shore Of Long Island.

 

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 your high ranch is our split entry ranch...and your split is our mulitlevel....

Jul 14, 2017 04:02 AM #1
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Anita Clark
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Sheila: Good review of the types of homes buyers may find on Long Island. Knowing the terms will help narrow down searches.

Jul 14, 2017 04:17 AM #2
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning Lary and Sheila.  Excellent overview of the types of homes that may be available on Long Island.

Jul 14, 2017 04:47 AM #3
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Good morning Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 ,

It's always good to know the styles of homes available in Long Island for consumers. It's helping understanding the terms (they vary from state to state) and will help narrow down searches for buyers.

Jul 14, 2017 05:22 AM #4
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Sheila and Larry, it's always important for buyers to understand what type of homes exist in the area they're looking in. You did a great job showcasing what they can expect on Long Island. Your local knowledge is what they should be seeking in their next agent.

Jul 14, 2017 05:39 AM #5
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good information to share with prospective home buyers.

Jul 14, 2017 05:42 AM #6
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
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We have many of the same styles here in our areas, well presented information helping buyers make the right choice for them.

Jul 14, 2017 06:34 AM #7
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Nina Hollander
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Great post, Sheila and Larry. Here in Charlotte the word splanch is not used. We would call that a split level. As for what you call post modern, we call them transitional style homes.... they look for traditional on the outside, but inside have more of an open floor plan that traditional homes do.

Jul 14, 2017 07:02 AM #8
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Gita Bantwal
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I love your post. The high ranch is called a bi- level in our area 

Jul 14, 2017 07:25 AM #9
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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
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Post modern and splanch are two terms I have never heard. We do not have some of the styles you have mentioned in my area.

Jul 14, 2017 08:16 AM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Hi Ranch AND Splanch are not terms in our market...Splanch sounds like it belongs in my "yet to be written" real estate dictionary after Curbalicious !

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Hi Sheila and Larry -- There are home style descriptions I have read in ActiveRain posts that I had never heard prior to my membership here.  I like your descriptions as well as the photos.   

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