Storybook Tudors for “American Dream Builders” Fans

If you caught Sunday’s premiere of NBC’s new reality home renovation show, American Dream Builders, you saw leading designers and home builders going head-to-head in the battle of storybook Tudors. Their challenge? To add improvements and style to two North Hollywood homes built in 1930.

Early 20th-century Tudor architecture — known for its charming pitched roofs and cross gables — remains a popular choice for homeowners across the country, but smaller Tudors tend to have chopped-up floor plans that can be problematic for growing families.

On the show, two teams of pros demonstrated how adding modern upgrades and opening up rooms is a great way to make a Tudor better suited for a contemporary lifestyle while preserving its character. After both renovations, the homes were not only were more functional; their Zestimate® home valuesalso increased by more than $100,000. While the Zestimate is not a substitute for an appraisal, it’s a great starting point for determining a home’s value.

Feeling inspired to renovate a Tudor of your own? We’ve rounded up a few standouts currently on the market in major U.S. cities. Click on the links below to see each home’s Zestimate, square footage, local school data and more.

Kansas City, MO

7220 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO
For sale: $239,950

Kansas City, MO
Nicknamed after its famous Kansas City builder, this “Dible Tudor” is on the market in the Ward Parkway neighborhood. The interior, measuring 1,808 square feet, has been well preserved with gleaming hardwoods and original crown molding.

Chicago, IL

6043 N Marmora Ave, Chicago, IL
For sale: $395,000

Chicago, IL
This 2,000-sq ft Jefferson Park Tudor is just steps from the Indian Road Park forest preserve and bike trails. The exterior shows off classic, brick-wall cladding, while the interior mixes hickory wood floors and original kitchen cabinetry with new appliances and contemporary furnishings.

Nashville, TN

105 Cherokee Rd, Nashville, TN
For sale: $449,900

Nashville, TN
Measuring 1,876 square feet, this Nashville Tudor features a sunroom with crank-out windows, arched passageways and other vintage details. Updates include bathroom subway tile, contemporary kitchen cabinets and a gas range.

Dallas, TX

4441 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX
For sale: $689,000

Dallas, TX
This inviting Dallas Tudor contains 1,965 sq ft and is located near top-rated schools in the Highland Park neighborhood. It’s also full of character with a cathedral ceiling, ornate chandeliers, turquoise bathroom tile, wooden built-ins and more.

San Jose, CA

1109 Garfield Ave, San Jose, CA
For sale: $729,000

San Jose, CA
While a modest-sized interior (1,026 sq ft), this Tudor has a great backyard patio for outdoor entertaining. Other highlights include original hardwood floors, a storybook fireplace and a spacious, finished attic.


Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design. Read more of her work here.



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