Architecture Types in Flexmls - METRO MLS Blog

Did you know there are 14 different Architecture Types in Flexmls? Below are some brief definitions complements of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Raised Ranch

AKA the California ranch style, mimics Spanish Colonial, Prairie, and Craftsman homes. It is a one-story, pitched-roof construction with a built-in garage, wood or brick exterior walls, sliding and picture windows, as well as sliding doors leading to patios.


The A-frame is a building form, rather than a style. It is comprised of a triangle-shaped structure with a steeply sloping (60-degree) roof that extends all the way to the ground.

Log Home

A log house is a structure built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching. Logs may be round, squared, or hewn to other shapes, either handcrafted or milled.

Tudor Provincial

Most people notice the half-timbering on bay windows and upper floors. Facades that are dominated by steeply pitched cross gables. Patterned brick or stone walls are common, as are rounded doorways, multi-paned casement windows, and large stone chimneys.


The Colonial-style home is rectangular and symmetrical with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes.


A narrow, rectangular one-and-a-half-story home originated in California. Bungalows have low-pitched gabled or hipped roofs and small covered porches at the entrance.


The Craftsman-style bungalow is simple, has low, broad proportions, and is not ornamental. It has overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. The material often included stone, rough-hewn wood, and stucco.



Farmhouse-style is a modern interpretation of the rural family farm homes that had lots of acreages. Common farmhouses are rectangular structures with long porches and a clapboard exterior. Modern farmhouses mimic that simple structure, just bigger.


Many Federal-style homes have an arched Palladian window on the second story above the front door. The front door usually has sidelights and a semicircular fanlight.

Cape Cod

A 20th-century Cape Cod is square or rectangular with one or one-and-a-half stories and steeply pitched, gabled roofs. It may have dormers and shutters. The siding is usually clapboard or brick.


Sometimes odd-sized with tall windows, with lots of mixed wall materials. There are two versions: the flat-roof and gabled types. Both tend to be one story tall and were designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape into their overall look.


Ranch homes are single-story or split-level, Spanish/ Southwest inspired. The ranch-style homes have open floor plans and connect to the outside.


Manufactured housing is a type of prefabricated housing that is largely assembled in factories and then transported to sites of use.

manufactured home

*Pro Tip! There is a difference between manufactured homes and mobile home searches. A manufactured home is a Single-Family property type that can be listed in the MLS. Note * It must be on a concrete slab, have a crawl space or basement and have a tax key. Without the land, it would be considered personal property.

To find Architecture Types in Flexmls go to Add a Field, and add Architecture. Remember it is an and/or/not function.