The vision of a typical home varies greatly depending on what market you're in. Some cities are characterized by turn-of-the-century row houses like those in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and San Francisco Victorians, while others lean towards elevated town homes in Savannah, Ga., that exude southern charm or the classic New York City brownstones. MarketWatch writer Amy Hoak presents the most iconic home styles as seen in 12 cities in the U.S.

Chicago is filled with small bungalows (more than 80,000 in fact) that make up about a third of the city's single-family housing stock. Charleston, S.C., has many "single houses," which is a free-standing center-hall plan house with the narrow side of the house facing the street. Residents of Los Angeles will imagine a typical home as a post-WWII ranch house, while Boston residents will think of "triple deckers," which are affordable detached units built for multiple generation families in working class neighborhoods.

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