House Styles – What’s What

House Styles – What’s What

Here are a few of the major house styles, common in Sydney’s inner-ring suburbs.


Victorian_terrace_on_canterbury_road,_Middle_ParkVictorian Terrace

Built at the end of the 19th century. These houses are typically in a row of 2 to 6 houses built together in the same style, meaning most of them are attached on two sides.

They are usually 2-storey and often narrow – they can be less than 4 metres wide. Widths of 4.5m to 6m are very sought after and attract premium pricing.

This style is particularly prevalent around the inner-eastern suburbs of Paddington – Woollahra and Darlinghurst – Surry Hills, and around Balmain in the inner-west.



Built between 1901 and the 1920s.  A very ‘pretty’, decorative style, with lots of detailing.

Both single and double-storey.  Many have had upper level extensions at some time. Generally good internal proportions and lend themselves quite well to being opened out at the back for modern lifestyle preferences.

Prevalent on the north shore, and is the dominant style of choice for buyers in suburbs such as Mosman and Roseville.  Haberfield, in the inner-west, prides itself on being “the Federation suburb” and there are strict Council controls to protect the style.


Californian Bungalow

Built from about 1915 to the 1940s.  This is a very ‘solid’ style, generally using dark brick.

Usually originally single-storey and less likely to have had an upper-level extension.

Found throughout Sydney’s well-established suburbs across the east, north and inner-west.