If you’re a new citizen of Australia who is looking for a new home, you may find yourself a bit confused by the local real estate listings. While most people know what a contemporary home is, Australian real estate agents use a variety of terms to describe the types of home available on the market. Some Australian homes are over 100 years old, while others are custom designed homes that have never been lived in before. Unless you know the terms that agents use to describe homes, you may end up looking at something historical when all you want is something modern.
Victorian Period Homes
If you see a real estate listing for a Victorian style home, you will be shown a home that’s over 100 years old. There were a number of home styles popular during the Victorian period, which took place from 1840-1890. These homes are large, and many will have verandahs and filigree details because those styles were very popular with architects. Some of the popular homes were tudor, gothic, and Italianate. If you’re interested in buying an Australian home with columns and archways, which are also larger in size, then you will probably like looking at Victorian style homes.
Federation Period Homes
This time period allowed Australian architects to copy the style of Edwardian homes but add a bit of Australian flair. Verandahs were still popular and these homes were also built on a grand scale. Columns and filigree designs were still used during this time period, so you may find that you like both the Victorian and Federation style homes. Some of the homes listed for sale are called federation bungalows, which are basically single story homes that resemble the larger federation style homes.
War Period Homes
These homes were built between 1915 and 1960. They differ greatly from the Victorian and Federation period housing. These homes are older, but since they’re constructed from brick or stucco they appear more modern than homes from the 19th century. When looking at real estate listings, you may see homes listed as Spanish mission style, art deco, or old English style. These styles are all homes designed during and after the war era of Australia. These homes have wider windows, flat roofs, and often use a brick veneer on the front of the homes.
While most homebuyers aren’t aware of the technical terms used to describe the old and new architecture, it does help to have a general grasp of architectural terms so that you know if you’re looking at something historical. There are many architects that like to design a modern home that replicates a historical design, so if you really like a particular time period but don’t want an older home, see if your Australian real estate agent has any listings of modern homes that replicate historical architecture.