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 


“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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15 Duck Pond Road, Westport, CT
Welcome to the water’s edge. Poised on Saugatuck Harbor, this gated waterfront oasis boasts open and elegant interiors that take advantage of sweeping views of the marina. Discover a gourmet kosher kitchen, master spa bath with sauna, and home gym. Take in fabulous sunrises, sunsets and rainbows over the water from the inviting balconies and rooftop deck where you have a front row seat for Westport’s Fourth of July fireworks. Minutes from town and train!

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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.

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