Distinctive Mediterranean / Mission / Spanish Homes

Sunshine in a wet land

Let’s talk about some of these styles and how they are similar and distinct. They may seem like a fish out of water in the Northwest but they have a number of fans who love their charm and romance.

The Mediterranean or Italian Revival drew from the style of Mediterranean seaside villas and palaces and were a precursor to the Spanish Colonial Revival. Integrated into their setting, designs gave equal measure to the home and it’s integration into the land/gardens surrounding it. They typically focus on patios, courtyards and verandas as ways to bring the outside in.

Mission Revival was inspired by the Spanish missions that were found on the California coast.

Spanish Revival (aka Spanish Eclectic or Spanish Colonial) drew inspiration from the Mission style and are designed with walled courtyards for easy indoor/outdoor living. Reminiscent of Spanish villages with an abundance of tiles, color and texture.


  • 1 - 2 stories

  • Low pitched, tabled tile to flat roofs

  • Red tile roofs

  • Minimal eave with little or no overhang

  • Arched doors, entries and windows

  • Stucco or plaster walls

  • Porticos

  • Heavy wooden doors

  • Multi-color tiles


  • Rectangular floor plan

  • Stucco, stone, brick and concrete blocks

  • Massive, symmetrical or asymmetrical primary facades

  • Wood or wrought iron balconies

  • Window grilles

  • Simple to dramatic ornamentation

  • Entry may be recessed or highlighted with classical columns or pilasters

UNIQUE TO MISSION (1890 - 1940)

  • Roof Parapets

  • Asymmetrical facade

  • Large square pillars

  • Twisted columns

  • Covered walkways

  • Round or quatrefoil windows

  • Tile, iron, wood elements used sparingly

Unique to Spanish Revival (1910 - 1940)

  • Balconies

  • Asymmetrical facade

Mediterranean homes were inspired by seaside villas and palaces, designed to capture ocean breezes. Doesn’t that sound relaxing?

Mediterranean / Mission / Spanish homes are not easy to find in Portland but if you would like to gander at some try these neighborhoods.

Overview of Mediterranean / Mission / Spanish Houses for Sale in Portland, Oregon

Mediterranean / Mission / Spanish Homes for Sale in Portland, Oregon

Our RMLS clusters these home types together in the same category. These latest homes on the market are hard to find and priced at $400,000 or more.

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