Tudor 101

bldg1.JPGToday’s Daily Stat leader is a Tudor-style home in Redwood City. This got me thinking about the elements that make up the this style of architecture, so I did a little homework to share with you. The Tudor style, according to several sources, is also known as Medieval Revival, which is just a bit too wordy for most of us, so the 5-letter Tudor is mostly commonly referred to. Although the original architecture hails from England (developed during the Tudor period 1485-1603), America adopted this style in the 1920s and 1930s, modifying the look to be less time-intensive and cost effective. Typical elements of a Tudor home include decorative half-timbering, steep roofs, cross gables, tall & narrow windows with small individual panes, and overly large chimneys. Some homes have a cross-hatched or basket-weave brick pattern on the exterior, along with the masonry veneer. Sample photos at right.

You will find this style of home allp6220173.JPG along the Peninsula, particularly in older neighborhoods of San Mateo, Burlingame, Redwood City and Palo Alto. The feature property today is located at 1600 Brewster Avenue, a 3500-square-foot home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. On almost a 10,000-square-foot corner lot, there are still some of the original elements that are a delight to see: dark wood brown molding and higher baseboards, heavy wooden doors with similar wood door trim, rounded archways and hardwood floors throughout, as well as newer touches like a sunroom. Built in 1926, the current owners have been in the home for quite some time. Listed 42 days ago for $1,495,000, it is well within both the Zillow and eppraisal estimates. A wonderful home in an older, but well-kept neighborhood of both similar homes, as well as more modern ranchers.

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