One of the most popular homes found throughout the Piedmont and Oakland area is the English Tudor style home.  Designed to give the impression of the English Tudor period of castles and wealthy aristocracy, it was very well received in the 1930's when homes were being built in expanding areas of both cities.  Interestingly, a California touch was added to many of these homes, and the interior often has more of a stucco, or Spanish influence, rather than the classic wooden paneling that should characterize the classic Tudor. It's overall interior design is to focus on home and hearth, with a large fireplace dominating the living room, and a sense of warmth and security throughout the house. 

If this style appeals to you, look for the following characteristics:

a. An asymmetrical appearance with the facade being dominated by one or more distinctive cross gables.

b. Decorative half-timbering with distinctive white and black contrast of paint and timber.

c. Windows are often tall, narrow, and grouped together.

d. Many have tiny window panes, often diamond shaped, with the old fashioned leading appearance on each.

e. Steeply pitched roofs and cross gables.

f. Often has an overhanging second story.

g. The entrance can be a rounded arch or perhaps a pointed Tudor arch.

In Oakland, Redwood Heights and the Oakmore area have a good representation of these homes.  Piemont has them mixed throughout their community.  If this style appeals to you, it will not be too hard to find.   

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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