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Architectural Styles of Sloan’s Lake

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Sloan’s Lake is a neighborhood in Denver that features homes built from the 1920s right up to the new builds of today. In other words, this means the neighborhood is a melting pot of various architectural styles and is sure to have something to offer to every prospective home buyer. In addition to the multitude of home designs, the Sloan’s Lake area is filled with great restaurants and shops that appeal to residents and visitors alike.

The following provides a glimpse of some of the most popular architectural styles found in Sloan’s Lake and how they appeal to a wide range of prospective home buyers, regardless of age and taste.

  • 1920s Brick Bungalows: Bungalows typically have low-hanging roof lines with either a gabled or a hipped roof finishing. There are usually deeply overhanging eaves and exposed rafters as well as decorative brackets under the eves. Generally, the front look of the home is finished with a front porch. Bungalows were considered practical and affordable by many people of different social classes between 1880-1930, and were a common style of house at the time. Many of the older homes that were built soon after Sloan’s Lake was founded are bungalows, constructed of brick, and were part of the American Craftsman Style of architecture that was popular between 1900-1930. 
  • Monterey Colonial: Monterey Colonial style homes were first designed in the 19th century in California, but expanded throughout the West and were still being built as late as the mid-1900s. The Monterey Colonial style is a take on the Spanish Colonial style which was characterized by a low-pitched roof and a cantilevered second-story balcony. The second-story balcony is covered by a principal roof, and French doors usually lead onto the balcony and give the home a feel that people are free to interpret as they wish. 
  • Postmodern Architecture: Postmodern Architecture is the architectural style common among the homes in Sloan’s Lake (and throughout Denver). It took root in the early 1960s when buildings began to take on a more modern feeling but around Denver, it didn’t start regularly appearing until the 1990s when homes were being scraped and replaced with new builds. Postmodern architecture puts the main emphasis on the building’s facade while still working in historical elements of other types of architecture along with the more modern feel that buildings have today. There are a variety of fragmentation and historical allusions that make postmodern architecture one of the most diverse and interesting periods of architecture ever recorded.
  • Tudor Ranch: Tudor homes became popular in Denver in the late 1920s. Typical of this style are a steeply pitched roof, prominent chimneys on the front of the home, detailed brick, and an entryway gable (Denver Urbanism). 
  • Victorians: Victorians come in all shapes and sizes in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Depending on care given, they can be beautiful gems or diamonds in the rough. By the mid-1890s, the Victorian style’s popularity began to fade in Denver due to it’s ornate and expensive execution (Denver Urbanism).

These are just some of the architectural styles that are found in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Most home construction began in the early 20th century and has continued at a steady pace. The myriad of architecture is one reason Sloan’s Lake has a distinct personality and continues to be one of Denver’s most popular neighborhoods. 


Usaj Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage firm specializing in Denver’s most popular neighborhoods. We help our clients find everything from the classic vintage home to a more modern condo. For more information about buying or selling a home in Denver’s vibrant Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, please contact us.

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