If you look at historic homes from the original 13 colonies, you'll likely see architecture reminiscent of early English and Dutch houses on the Atlantic seaboard. Defined broadly as the Colonial style, these homes reflect the tradition and elegance of European architecture with tasteful moldings, pediments, shutters and stately columns. The style spread across the U.S. in the first half of the 20th century and continues to be popular among homeowners today.
This week on NBC reality show "American Dream Builders," the remaining six designers restored an early 20th-century Colonial duplex. In addition to bringing in contemporary amenities, they added several architectural elements true to the period, including interior and exterior columns, a gable pediment, applied molding, new shutters and more. As a result, the Zestimate® home value increased by 36 percent. While the Zestimate is not a substitute for an appraisal, it's a great starting point for determining a home's value.
To see more homes in the style, we've gathered five beautiful Colonials for sale across the country. Click on the links below to see each home's Zestimate, square footage, interior photos and more.
Springfield, Mo.900 E. Sunshine St.
For sale: $159,000
This Pennsylvania cottage was built in 1936 and has been lovingly restored with several period details. Like Lukas' design on the show, the kitchen combines classic white cabinets and an apron-front sink with high-end appliances. The living room features beautiful hardwood floors and a fireplace with Colonial-style molding.
Dayton, Ohio100 E. Dixon Ave.
For sale: $339,000
This Dutch Colonial is for sale on one of Oakwood's most sought-after streets near top-rated schools. Dating back to 1917, the home is in good condition with gleaming hardwoods, chair rail and applied molding. French doors also lead out onto a side porch supported by Colonial-style columns.
Wauwatosa, Wis.641 N. 77th St.
For sale: $599,900
A stately brick Colonial, this home has 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, a large family room addition and covered patio. The master bathroom has been updated with a luxury spa bathtub, and the home features six fireplaces throughout.
Woodinville, Wash.16903 246th Ave. NE
For sale: $1.2 million
Set back behind a gated entrance on a private, 5.6-acre lot, this Woodinville home was custom-built in 2002 to reflect the Colonial style while infusing modern amenities throughout the space. The exterior is marked by shutters, columns and a second-floor balcony, while the interior features a grand foyer, sauna and huge master bath.
Rye, N.Y.320 Grace Church St.
For sale: $3.495 million
The listing says this "immaculately updated Colonial exudes sophisticated good taste." From high ceilings and French doors to beautiful built-ins and crown moldings - the home is filled with architectural charm and decor fitting for the period.