If you are from Baltimore, you may consider the typical home to be a row home, but if you're from Los Angeles then you may see the ranch as the typical home. Examples such as these show that the typical home varies according to state.

MarketWatch staffer Amy Hoak takes a look at the most iconic homes in 12 U.S. cities and of course no list is complete with out the brownstones of New York:

"The charm of a brownstone is multifaceted. They can vary significantly in style and ornament, and yet they all adhere to a similar overall pattern. They have aligned formal facades with picturesque protruding elements like bay windows. They all have a large exterior formal stairs that connect the sidewalk to a parlor level elevated high up above the street level,”

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