Connecticut Realtors Tell Us What Style Home Buyers Want Most



We queried local real estate agents about architectural preferences: what style their clients are looking for in a home and what’s selling. Known for its classic style, Connecticut offers a variety of choices, from Colonials, farmhouses and Capes to Tudors, midcentury moderns and ranches. Here is what the realtors had to say.

Photograph by Michele Scotto Trani

“Buyers are definitely looking for ‘New England’ charm. I would say more traditional Colonials and Capes remain the most popular choices; although the trend has been moving away from more formal houses to homes that are casually elegant.”—Laura Freed Ancona, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Ridgefield

Photograph by mixit inc, courtesy of milton development

“Modern Farmhouse and transitional Colonials rank high on the list. Empty nesters tend to gravitate toward ranches and Capes. We’re seeing a trend toward clean lines and transitional modern style.”—Michelle Genovesi, Michelle & Company, Westport

photograph by keith scott morton and eric richards (march 2016)

“I’m not sure that architectural style is as much a delineator as strength of design, quality of materials and the condition of the home. The most important factor is that the home is reflective of today’s decorating trends and sensibilities.”—Robin Kencel, Compass, Greenwich 

PHOTOGRAPH BY KEITH SCOTT MORTON AND ERIC RICHARDS

“A Colonial/traditional home is always in greater demand, as everyone thinks of this style when moving to the country.” —Mar Jennings, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Westport

Photograph by Michele scotto trani

“Right now buyers are looking for barn-style homes with high ceilings and spacious rooms. Homes with a more modern or contemporary design.”—Carolyn Klemm, Klemm Real Estate, Washington Depot

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