The Best Home Life in a Bungalow
Bungalows were first constructed in Atlanta in the early 1900s. Fast forward over a century later and they are still among the most popular – if not the most popular – homes in the region.
So What Exactly is a Bungalow?
You probably have a good idea of what a bungalow’s general shape is. Typically, it’s a one to one-and-a-half-story house, often with a front porch, and plenty of well-thought-out features and finishes such as decorative woodwork, crown molding, hardwood floors, and so on.
The word itself is derived from Hindi baṅglā and essentially means “of Bengal,” which is where the style originated from. Adapted by the British, it made its way across the Atlantic to the US at the turn of the 20th century.
In ATL, many bungalows were built in the first half of the 20th century and are reflective of the different architectural styles of the late Victorian, Edwardian and pre-WWII periods. You’ll find plenty of Craftsman homes here and there are also bungalows in the Mission and Prairie styles as well as Tudor Revivals, Spanish Revivals, Colonial Revivals, and more.
- Full Accessibility
A bungalow has a very accessible layout. You can reach the main rooms without the bother of going up and down a flight of stairs. This makes it the perfect house for families with small children, seniors living independently, individuals with mobility issues, and those who prefer single-level living.
- Open Floor Plan
In general, bungalows feature an open layout, resulting in a very spacious and airy feel as well as plenty of natural light. This makes it especially suited to the mild, sunny climate of Atlanta. When summer rolls in, you’ll be happy you’re living in a house designed to remain cool even when it’s sweltering outside.
Because bungalows are typically compact, they’re often more affordable than larger single-family homes. This applies to their utilities as well. With modest cooling and heating requirements, you can save up a lot on your
Most bungalows in ATL, particularly the older ones, are situated in well-established neighborhoods, which are typically in-town and enjoy the many perks that a convenient central location brings. Think easy access to commercial centers, parks, schools, healthcare, etc.
- Good Investment
Bungalows make for a solid investment. Perennially popular, a well-maintained bungalow can have a higher resale value than a cookie-cutter new construction home. The reason for this is in the bungalow’s basic architecture: efficient floor plan, no-frills structural integrity, extendibility, a habitat concept that has stood the test of time. Think of it as the classic “little black dress” of houses.
Where the Bungalows Are
Atlanta has a wealth of bungalows and you’ll find them in neighborhoods such as:
- Old Fourth Ward
- Ansley Park
- Grant Park
- Ormewood Park
- East Lake
- and more
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