House Style Series: All About the Tudor Cottage

Dated: 01/16/2013

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By T.j. Anderson

Introducing the first in our House Style series ... These posts will moon over various architecture styles found around Nashville and break them down by their defining characteristics and assorted awesomeness. In each post, we'll feature at least one related example of a Nashville home for sale. First up: the straight-up out of a storybook Tudor Cottage.



Otherwise known as: Tudor Revival architecture, Cotswold Cottage, Storybook Style, Hansel and Gretel Cottage, English Country Cottage, Ann Hathaway Cottage

Defining characteristics: 

These houses often get compared to those found in fairytales and storybooks. (Can't you just see Little Red Riding Hood visiting her grandmother in a tudor cottage with a thatched roof?) This style of house has lots in common with the country cottages that have been built since medieval times in the Cotswold region of southwestern England. During the 1920s and 1930s especially, American architects began to conceptualize their own versions of this medieval-style home.

The Tudor Cottage is one of the easiest house styles to recognize. The best examples have whitewashed plaster that's juxtaposed against diagonally placed heavy dark beams. They'll also commonly have brick or stone walls, arched doorways, multi-paned casement windows, asymmetrical roof lines, and big stone chimneys at the front of the house.

Once inside, the rooms are usually small and irregularly shaped. Upstairs the rooms have sloping walls with dormers to accomodate the sloping roof lines, and there's traditionally a huge stone chimney running through one of the rooms at the front of the house.

Where to find them in Nashville: Tudor cottages are all over Eastwood Neighbors, Hillsboro Village, Belle Meade, Inglewood and Cherokee Park. The one pictured below just recently came on the market in Belle Meade for $650,000.


Interested in seeing this house or other Tudor Cottages up for sale in Nashville? I'm your guy. Reach me at 615.866.4670


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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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