Architectural trip around Cape Cod

With it’s steep roof, shingle siding and central chimney, the Cape Cod style of home is recognized the world over. Beloved for its simplicity and charm, the Cape Cod home is a celebrated feature of New England life. Not all homes on Cape Cod, however, are classified as Cape Cod style. In fact, Cape Cod has a diverse set of architectural styles to satisfy all tastes and desires. Take a journey around the world with us and explore these diverse styles of homes on Cape Cod. 

European Style

Cape Cod style

European homes are popular today for the sense of luxury brought out by gabled roof lines, bay-shaped rooms, and floor plans that are complemented with a grand foyer and soaring fireplaces. These homes also often feature decorative stone, arched entryways and high-quality details.

This waterfront estate in West Yarmouth includes many of those luxurious features. The open floor plan with views from every room was designed by an award-winning architect. High-quality details include travertine stone flooring, imported stone columns and fireplaces, custom wood cabinetry, high-tech windows, and baths with marble, quartz, onyx and glass.

French Mediterranean Style

 French Mediterranean inspired home

French Mediterranean style homes combine traditional elements of French Country and French Provincial styles with exotic Middle Eastern or Moroccan undertones. Homes of this style often have the look of aged plaster walls with a mustard yellow, or pale beige color.

This Osterville estate combines elegance, style and craftsmanship. Sprawling on a 2.72 acre parcel, this one of a kind home offers an unparalleled 620 feet of white sandy beach anchored by two substantial, private deep-water docks.

Mediterranean Style

Mediterranean styled home

Mediterranean-style homes feature a low-pitched tile roof, often red. Usually finished in stucco, these home plans often include extensive outdoor living areas, columns, and arched windows and openings.

This Bourne home is sited on a 16-acre peninsula with 1,800 feet of salt-water frontage on shellfish-rich Buttermilk Bay. The impeccable Main House, circa 1908, underwent extensive restoration of original elements. The interiors are complemented by the commanding water views and park-like grounds including a large parking court, terracing and a +three-car garage with loft space.

French Normandy Style

French Normandy style home

French Normandy style dates back to medieval Europe. Taking it’s name from the Normandy region of France, French Normandy house plans are distinguished by a round stone tower topped by a conical roof. The tower is usually placed near the center, serving as the entrance to the home.

St. Mary’s Island, designed in the French Normandy style offers grand living spaces and stellar views. As one approaches the main residence, steeply pitched gables, stucco and stone walls, and terracotta windows set the stage for the grand scale of this inimitable estate. Surrounded by water in every direction, this fabled setting delivers an experience of timeless elegance that defies description.

What style is best for you?

Whether you know what style best suits you or you need to do some comparison shopping, contact a Robert Paul agent who can help match you with the home of your dreams.