Lots of Pros (and a few Cons)

Tudors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.

The knocks?

For starters, at least in the Twin Cities, many Tudors date to the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Translation:¬† even if they’re in magnificent condition . . .¬†they’re old.

Such Tudors often have formal (vs. open concept) floor plans typical of that era, and — unless their original hot water heat system (boiler) has been converted to forced air — either may not have central air conditioning at all, or may use a system of “mini-split” a/c units that don’t require installing new ductwork.

Finally, Tudors often have some other features (like stucco exteriors, steeply pitched roofs and gables, dark(er) interiors, and older windows) that are turn-off’s for at least some Buyers.

Pro’s

Ahh, but to Tudor fans (I’m one), those are mere quibbles compared to the genre’s myriad charms.

That includes built-in buffets, hardwood floors, crown moldings, gorgeous millwork, and fireplaces — lots and lots of fireplaces.

And while it’s purely anecdotal, I can’t recall ever seeing a poorly-built Tudor.

Bottom line: for homeowners who want a sturdy, timeless home with tons of character, Tudors are a terrific choice.

Just don’t expect to find them in the ‘burbs (with the exception of Edina’s Country Club and Morningside neighborhoods).

See also, “Tudor” vs. “Revival Tudor.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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