Historic Salem (Salem, OR)
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 4
  I love old homes. I love the details and wondering what the owners were like 100 years ago. I like seeing the original water closet as it is reminiscent of our past and where we have come from. Salem has several designated historic districts, including one downtown. We have two residential his...
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 3
A box...that is what comes to my mind when I look at the American Foursquare style home. It is also known as the Prairie Box.  This was a very popular style from 1895-1930.  It was very economical to build since the lines are so simple and clean. The American Foursquare will have some of the fol...
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 2
Many new construction homes here in Salem Oregon are referred to as Craftsman. Some have elements of the Arts and Crafts movement (AKA Craftsman), but most are not Craftsman homes.When talking about Crafstman homes, most people think of the Craftsman Bungalow, but a Craftsman doesn't have to be a...
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 0
You can't help but think of England and Robin Hood when you see a Tudor style home.  Bows and arrows, long rustling skirts, and lavish feasts invade my imagination when I see these homes. Based on Medieval architecture, Tudor homes have a distinct style.  The large exterior beams are false half-b...
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 0
I recently had a gentleman call me about two lots I have listed for sale for a client. There are some restrictions on the type of home that can be built.  As the man was talking about what he wanted to build, I stated "that sounds like a Cape Cod style home."  Unfortunately, he did not know what ...
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 1
This post is dedicated to Colonial style architecture here in Salem Oregon.  Technically the homes in Salem are Colonial Revival homes since they weren't built during the 17th-19th centuries.   I always have images of carriages dropping off couples for a state dinner when I think of Colonial arch...
By Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.
(Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon)
Comments 2
I have many pet peeves, but one of them reared it's ugly head the other day. I was looking through some listings for a client that wants an older "character home."  I was reading some remarks by an agent who referred to the house as a craftsman.  It was a cabin style home, call it a cottage if yo...
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