Boca Raton is familiar with a myriad of South Florida home styles, but nothing is more synonymous with the beauty of our beachside town than the Mizner name and the style he brought to our community. Beginning with the landmark year of 1926, Mizner’s vision was carried out and influenced the construction of everything from hotels to civic buildings, condos and waterfront mansions. However, Mediterranean Revival isn’t the only sight worth noting in Boca Raton. For design and architecture aficionados, we have organized the full list of prevailing residential styles that can be found in the city. Read on and enrich yourself!
The most prominent of all of Boca Raton’s architectural styles, Mediterranean Revivalism was spurred by the community’s forerunner, Addison Mizner, whose last name is associated with downtown Boca Raton’s downtown. Mizner’s early designs borrowed more of the sand-swept and sultry tones of the Spanish Renaissance, with more Tuscan and Venetian features, later installed following Mizner’s inspiration. Mediterranean Revival architecture is known for symmetrical forward-facing facades, red or maroon tiled roofs, arched or rounded windows, and open rectangular floor plans.
Where to see Mediterranean Revival homes in Boca: 200 East, The Oaks, Long Lake Estates
The modern Floridian home is widespread and simply built, with pitched shingled roofs atop an open floor plan. Also known as the Florida detached villa, these homes are most commonly seen in neighborhoods built after 1985. Simple, efficient, and hurricane-resistant Florida modern homes are more about their practicality than being inspired by beauty. This isn’t to say that these houses aren’t beautiful themselves, but they don’t borrow from Renaissance art or foreign influences. The birth of these houses is part of what makes them so popular, safe and commonplace.
Where to find modern Florida homes in Boca: Boca Isles North, Boca Chase, Mission Bay.
Key West style
Like the modern Floridian, Key West style homes start with a stable foundation and pitched roof. Like the vibrant personalities who call “The Conch Republic” home, Key West-style homes also feature playful, bright, and pastel colors behind fancier elements that further separate them from the ordinary Florida single-family home. Bright, blooming flower brushes and white picket fences often line the perimeter of Key West-style homes, adding even more to the personality that underpins these delightful abodes. Finally, and perhaps most important in identifying a Key West style home, are the louvered shutters, extended from porches, and overhang that naturally shields from the tropical heat.
Where to Find Key West Style Architecture: Boca West, Lago Mar
Seen more traditionally in Central and North Florida, Ranch Style homes have seen strong growth through the newer residential corridors of West Boca Raton. A homely architectural style that originated in the United States, these homes first appeared in the 1920s before booming through the post-war middle class. These houses, which are mostly single storey, are designed asymmetrically with a garage often found on the side of the house. These “L” or “U” shaped homes often fall on large lots with open space, including mixtures of materials such as stucco, brick, wood and stone, and have separate living areas separated from the bedrooms.
Where to Find Ranch Styles Homes in Boca Raton: Woodfield Hunt Club, Loggers Run, Stonebridge
During its heyday in the 1920s, Art Deco symbolized the new wave of modern luxury. Unlike some aforementioned styles that are limited to architecture, Art Deco influenced an era and was felt through clothing, jewelry, furniture, ships, trains, bridges, and even everyday products such as radios and toasters. Art Deco was an iconic influence in the roaring twenties and the growth of the country after the Depression, with the pinnacle of this form seen in the Chrysler Building in New York City. Art Deco remains an important style in Miami architecture to this day, with rounded end caps spanned by wide flat surfaces. The swirls, twists, turns, and edges that make Art Deco such an iconic architectural style epitomize the blend of antiquity and modernity that has made so many Boca Raton homes as stunning as they are.
Where to Find Art Deco Homes in Boca: Boca Grande, Camino Gardens
The Bungalow house is the earliest Florida style home built, often with thatched roofs, during the pioneer era of Boca Raton’s history. In recent years, the phrase “bungalow” has expanded to include a variety of small, quaint single-family homes, but this is more of an advertising motif than an actual definition. A bungalow house is a spin-off of the classic Craftsman style home where simplicity and practicality reign. Bungalows are often noted for their raised and covered porches, large central living space, and large attics for additional storage. The bungalow house is the Floridian adaptation of the classic American home, developed as the suburban sprawl took root in the 20th century, seen today as a charming remnant of Florida history, rather than just another deftly constructed home.
Where to Find Bungalow Style Homes in Boca: old forest, Boca Pointe, Harbor East
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