Mediterranean Revival–style homes in the U.S. aren’t simply limited to Florida and California. In fact, you can find the signature red-tile roofs, stucco interior walls, wrought-iron balconies, and arched or circular windows in states such as Wisconsin and Connecticut.
These homages to seaside villas offer a striking (and welcome!) contrast to their neighbors’ more conventional abodes.
Combining accents from a variety of styles—including Spanish and Italian Renaissance, Beaux Arts, Spanish Colonial, and Venetian Gothic—Mediterranean Revival homes were mostly built during the 1920s and 1930s. Meccas for the style were—and still are—in Southern Florida and Southern California, where villas with ornate architecture and lush foliage easily blend in.
We found nine shining examples currently for sale across the country. For buyers who want a home with quirky yet elegant design—plus historic charm—Mediterranean Revival style checks all the boxes.
Price: $5.7 million
From the iron railings on the staircase to the ornate iron door, this four-bedroom home in the tony Miramar Estates area exudes old Hollywood glamour. It’s also the epitome of coastal cool—with the beach just 2 miles away, water views are on offer from nearly every room. It was designed and constructed in 1928 by architect and city planner Mark Daniels. Fascinating details include Malibu tile, custom millwork, and vaulted ceilings.
Pacific Palisades, CA
Located a few blocks west of the beaches of Lake Michigan in a suburb immediately north of Milwaukee, this four-bedroom home was built in 1927 by John Topzant as his personal residence. The Wisconsin home is fresh off a period-appropriate renovation. With a fireplace in the living room, a completely updated kitchen, and iron railing on the staircase between levels, the nearly 3,000-square-foot home is a gorgeous (and relatively affordable!) find.
This is the lone surviving work by architect Addison Mizner in the northern part of the country. Built in 1911, the mansion is set on 22 blissful acres with an orchard, tennis courts, 75-foot pool with pool house, petanque courts, and a guesthouse. There are eight bedrooms (four have a fireplace) and seven baths in the 8,500-square-foot home. Inside are a wine cellar, chestnut-paneled walls, a gym, and home theater.
Price: $13.5 million
Built in 1935, this massive four-bedroom, seven-bath villa sits on tony Roxbury Drive in one of America’s most affluent ZIP codes. The entrance consists of a two-story foyer marked by a dome ceiling. Built-ins in the library and coffered ceilings in the living room are just two examples of the expert and enduring craftsmanship. There’s also an indoor-outdoor wet bar, screening room, and wine cellar—making it a paradise for California-style entertaining.
Beverly Hills, CA
Price: $2.5 million
In this home from 1925, a buyer gets the best of both worlds—historic character plus modern amenities. The history is evident before you even enter the home thanks to the arched front doorway and porte-cochère. Fresh off a major renovation that included a new foundation, electric, and plumbing, this two-story home in the city’s El Cid Historic District also flaunts maple flooring, French doors out to the pool, and a chef’s kitchen that gleams.
West Palm Beach, FL
Price: $1.9 million
On the National Register of Historic Places, this five-bedroom home from 1929 is dubbed the Simmons estate and shares the same architect as Miami Beach’s Carlyle Hotel. The 3,427-square-foot property spans three lots and features an artfully shaped pool and lush landscaping, plus ceiling beams, ornate floor tile, and arched doorways on the interior.
Miami Shores, FL
Built by beer baron Valentin Blatz—founder of Blatz beer, of course—this five-bedroom beauty in a suburb immediately north of Milwaukee was built in 1923 and measures nearly 5,000 square feet. Preserved woodwork, arched doorways, and a grand staircase are complemented by modern updates to the kitchen as well as a full bath on the lower level. A fireplace in the living room and wood-paneled dining room cultivate both calm and classy vibes.
This multifamily home—currently a triplex—dates to 1924. It’s in immaculate shape and can be converted back into a single-family residence. The newest of the units is above the garage and has recently been updated while a fireplace, study, and two bedrooms each are in the original structure. Forest-green window trim and Cherokee-red awnings give the place oodles of curb appeal.
Price: $1.5 million
Airbnb, anyone? Built in 1925, this four-bedroom home also features a guesthouse with two one-bedroom, one-bath units perfect for rental income. Original pecky cypress wood beams, a mezzanine, and soaring 18-foot ceilings give the property haute hacienda appeal.
Miami Beach, FL
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