In response to the elaborate stylings of Victorian architecture, the Craftsman residences of the early 20th century showcased natural materials, hand-wrought details, organic motifs, simple artisanal character, and earthy palettes. These five enchanting Craftsman-style homes capture the warm, welcoming spirit of early-20th-century America.
Consummate California Craftsman
Yountville, California | Barbara Allen, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
This 2,600-square-foot, three-bedroom residence and its delightful 400-square-foot guesthouse in Yountville exemplify the colorful charm of Craftsman architecture, which has its origins in California. In the ideal blend of historic style and contemporary comfort, classic details such as antique wood floors, leaded-glass windows, a stone living room fireplace, handsome woodwork, and shady covered porches meet top-tier kitchen appliances, a built-in Weber gas grill, a salt-water pool and spa, and solar power.
Light-Filled and Lively
Oakland, California | Roger Landry, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
On a desirable tree-lined street just minutes from Berkeley and Oakland, this inviting two-bedroom Craftsman home is filled with lovely light. Its abundant period details include a covered porch, bay and dormer windows, original hardwood floors, fireplace hearth tiles, a built-in dining room hutch, and timeless wainscoting. A separate lower-level residence with two bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, and a living room would be ideal for use as a private guesthouse or office. The landscaped backyard makes outdoor relaxation and entertaining easy.
The Burnett House
Combining eye-catching elements of both Craftsman and Queen Anne styles, this historic home is one of the most memorable in the Heights of Houston. The three-bedroom residence has remained in the same family since its construction in 1904 and has been sensitively remodeled and expanded, adding superior modern fixtures and features in the kitchen and baths. All the while, the convivial front porch, original mahogany doors, heart pine floors, fireplaces, stained- and leaded-glass windows, and other vintage details have been carefully maintained.
Bygone Charm in California
Bell, California | Nick Mercado, Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
With its handsome stone, brick, and wood work; deep, breezy front porch; dormer and mullioned windows; and earthy organic hues, this wonderful Craftsman-style home on a corner lot captures the allure of a bygone era. The living spaces boast pocket doors, a built-in hutch, and original crown moldings, while the kitchen has been updated with sleek modern elements, including quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The private quarters—three bedrooms, a study, and an office—are secluded on the light-filled upper level.
The very epitome of a Craftsman-style bungalow, this delightful, colorful four-bedroom home on a grassy gated lot in Houston is inviting through and through, from the cool front porch to the open, flowing living room, dining room, and kitchen. Honey-hued hardwood floors and classic moldings blend stylishly with the two updated baths—one of which boasts a jetted tub and a separate shower—and a chic kitchen featuring stainless-steel appliances.