My childhood friend, after renting an apartment in the city for almost 10 years, is finally firm on choosing to buy his first home.

After his wife got pregnant, he realized that living and raising a child in the city can be tough. Statistically, living in the suburbs or any other place than the city, can give you slightly more time and more space to do the activities that you want. He asked me, a long-time suburb dweller, for advice.

Whether you treat it as an investment or an actual residence, buying a house can prove difficult. Aside from the different types of constructed homes, you can choose from, the location is also important. Choosing the right one to incur debt with can be challenging.

To manage my doubts, I considered a lot of factors before I bought my first home. However, the real first thing I did was picked out what type of house I want to buy.

There are many types of homes to choose from. Before even choosing the location, you should first pick out what type of house you want to buy. Your choice in this matter may guide you better in finding exactly what you want.

May I add that the timing now couldn’t be any better to buy a house. The mortgage interest rate has decreased during the ongoing pandemic and rates have remained low to stimulate the economy.

Here are some types of houses that have proven to be popular and stylish for first-time or prospective homeowners.

Tudor type house may be one that may suit your liking. Most Southern cities have the Tudor style. It pays homage to the houses constructed during the 17th century England. Most of these homes are already rare as they fell out of style after World War II.

They look like mini-cottages with a medieval-style charm. Aside from being traditional, accenting many Tudor houses are the famous mini-English gardens at the front yard.


Victorian houses are mid-century takes on the suburban English homes. Other than being conservative with space, its architecture leaves room for design harmony with different elements of your choice. It almost leaves no room for a garden since the house occupies most of the lot. Victorian homes emphasize its interior space as the star of the show. Victorian houses are proud of their porch stairs and spacious interiors.

Tiny Homes

If old school isn’t your cup of tea, consider buying a tiny home. Widely popular today from the many online and TV shows, tiny homes are the new practical and modern take of 21st-century homes.

Tiny homes are space-efficient and sensible. All nooks and crannies mean something in the greater scheme of space. It’s generally treated as a trend and a movement advocating minimalism and simplicity of lifestyle. Many of them are built off-grid.

Lake House / Cabin

Cabin or Lake House types are also a good choice if you want to feel permanently cozy. A cabin house mainly features a fireplace and is generally minimal looking. It’s also equipped with a simple porch and deck. The overall exterior is mostly made up of logs and simple unfurnished materials to give it a more natural look. It was simply built but the traditional carpentry makes it stand against the test of time.

French Country

Feel like living in a European household? Rustic is the name of the game for French country houses. They personify nature and elegance. Generally considered a mere farmhouse in Europe, French country homes in America exude cleanliness and a more social feel. Featuring earth tones and pastel colors, homeowners of French country houses mix styles of modern and vintage.

Tract Houses

Tract housing is the common archetype of a typical suburban home. Known for having similar designs with each other, these suburban homes occupy miles and miles of development outside metropolitan areas. More than 50% of Americans described themselves as living in the suburbs.

These types of housing trended after the 60s and are known for their simple and elegant designs. Most suburban homeowners go for tract housing for their cost, location, and convenience. You don’t even have to consider designing it on your own.

Choosing the right house as your first home or investment can prove cumbersome. Managing through your own self-doubts is just one of the things you need to consider. Location, cost of maintenance, and design are important points for future marketability. Most tend to undervalue the actual design and style of the home and put these factors as the last things to consider.