Once upon a time, in the not-so-faraway lands of Queens, NY, Tulsa, OK, and seven other cities within the kingdom of Trulia, there lived a house for sale. This wasn’t just any house, however; it was a Tudor, a home whose distinctive markings — decorative half-timber framing, a steeply pitched roof, leaded-glass windows, an arched front door — were borrowed from medieval English architecture.
Our Tudor was the fairest in all the land, but alas, it sat empty, kept company only by its designer kitchen, finished basement, and other amenities fit for a modern-day prince or princess. Will a noble reader of this post fall in love with the home and give it its happily ever after? That chapter is yet to be written!
Binge-watch in the basement: $494,000, 112 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126
An arched front door sets the tone for this 1,943-square-foot, four-bedroom brick Tudor in Elmhurst, IL. The throwback aesthetic continues inside with exposed beams, a vintage-style bathroom, and arched pass-throughs between rooms. The finished basement is decidedly more modern: The media-lover’s lair features recessed lighting, a custom bar, and ample wall space for a flat-screen.
Room to roost: $639,000, 1549 Hewlett Ave., Hewlett, NY 11557
Four spacious bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a finished basement, and a fully fenced backyard (complete with apple trees!) prove this Hewlett, NY, residence to be a good fit for families — and that’s not even making mention of its location on a quiet, tree-lined street. The home was built in 1930 and offers newer windows, lighting, and landscaping.
Light-filled in Louisville: $659,000, 1280 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40204
Thanks to an abundance of leaded-glass windows, natural light floods almost every corner of this 4,595-square-foot, five-bedroom English Tudor, located just minutes from downtown Louisville, KY. Conditions are especially sunshine-y in the large eat-in kitchen, where white cabinetry, shiny granite countertops, and hardwood floors reflect the light pouring into the adjoining sunroom.
Welcoming with a wine cellar: $799,900, 2815 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97212
Built-in storage units (a dresser, bathroom vanity, corner china cabinets, shelving beside the fireplace) help maximize floor space of this 2,927-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Portland, OR. The built-ins only add to the home’s character, which is best described as vintage meets contemporary. Bonus: The carpeted basement comes equipped with a wine cellar and a wet bar.
Stately meets state-of-the-art: $825,000, 1236 E. 27th St., Tulsa, OK 74114
An elegant foyer staircase makes the first impression within this four-bedroom Tudor in Tulsa, OK. The foyer is located adjacent to a stately sitting room that showcases traditional details — think hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting, and, beside the fireplace, a built-in bookcase. The chef’s kitchen, on the other hand, catches the eye of the 21st-century buyer with Thermador appliances, a large serving island, and a TV over the wet bar.
Made outside Manhattan: $1.56 million, 140 Elmsmere Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
This four-bedroom brick Tudor was built in 1928 and has retained many of its original features, from its moldings and hardware all the way down to the gleaming hardwood floors. At 3,500 square feet with a formal dining room, a huge, contemporary kitchen, and a covered outdoor terrace that steps down to a grassy lawn, the residence is well-suited for entertaining. For those nights when you’d rather have someone else do the cooking, the world-class restaurants of Manhattan are a mere 20-minute drive away.
Be the king of Queens: $2.3 million, 3204 171st St., Queens, NY 11358
A 25-minute commute from Manhattan leads to this five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a tree-lined street in Queens, NY. Kept in pristine condition by a single family for more than 80 years, the residence features original hardwood floors, stained glass, and two stone fireplaces, as well as wood taken from the British Pavilion of the 1939 World’s Fair.
Let loose in the rec room: $2.495 million, 16 Chesterfield Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Outfitted with exposed beams, recessed windows, arched doorways, and a fireplace, the formal living room of this six-bedroom, 5,242-square-foot home, built in 1932, doesn’t leave much to be desired in terms of appearance. Still, we bet the majority of the “living” happening here takes place within the lower-level rec room, which offers a stone fireplace, a half-bathroom, and direct access to the grassy backyard.
Massive medieval-style mansion: $2.875 million, 7406 Arlington Ave. NW, Massillon, OH 44646
With its turreted facade, massive solid-oak doors, 40-foot-long entry hall, and cavernous living room complete with dueling stone fireplaces and cathedral ceilings, this Scottish Tudor–style home could easily serve as the set for your favorite medieval TV drama. Plot twist: The 10,271-square-foot, five-bedroom estate dates back only to 2000. Adding to its mystique, the mansion overlooks a fountained pond on a 19-acre wooded lot.