No home enthusiast could fail to notice that ‘modern’ is an architectural trend on the rise. The term’s getting plenty of buzz, but what does it mean? Is modern all about boxy shapes and hard surfaces? Glass and metal? Minimalism? Well, yes. And also, no. Modern can mean many things, all of them fresh, current and up-to-date. The style favors linear forms and layered geometry, but can be interpreted in different ways. Visit a TRI Pointe Homes community and you’ll find modern interpretations of traditional styles, blending clean lines with graceful archways and richly textured, sculptural flair. Which means that, when it comes to modern, the most important question might actually be, what type of modern are you?

#1 – Such Great Heights

Carlisle at Parasol Park

Carlisle at Parasol Park: Suited for their coveted location, the slender, vertical profiles of these elegantly proportioned, detached homes were inspired by the clean lines of iconic early 20th century Southern California architecture, specifically the Classic Modern and Streamline Moderne styles, and the distinctive Art Deco aesthetic. Glass adds texture and luminosity to both exterior and interior, with oversized windows on three full sides punctuating the linear surfaces and bathing the homes with light.

#2 – Sophisticated Style

Sterling at Parasol Park

Sterling at Parasol Park: Decidedly posh, these two- and three-story townhomes look to Art Deco, midcentury L.A. streetscapes and the work of pioneering architects like Irving Gill and Rudolph Schindler for inspiration. You’ll find rigid, layered forms balanced by graceful curves and artful geometric ornamentation. The design is both beautiful and purposeful: stacked shapes don’t just create intriguing visual texture, they also support structural innovation. Case in point? Optional third-floor bonus rooms and rooftop decks read as harmonious negative space within the complex design.

#3 – Transitional Spanish

Talus at Weston

Residence 1B at Talus at Weston: With its offset garage windows, asymmetrical roofline and corner-stacked second-floor windows, this home is cool, angular and decisively modern. But the feel is warm and welcoming, thanks to an arched doorway and other traditional design elements like stucco, wood and tile roofing borrowed from So Cal’s time-honored Spanish style.

#4 – Urban Neighborhood

VuePointe Rendering

VuePointe: The use of color-blocking in this modern design harkens to French architect Le Corbusier, who used the playful technique to infuse his urban structures with personality. Here, contrasting shades and juxtaposed materials like aluminum and brick, emphasize the townhomes’ geometric symmetry while creating unique identities for each individual home within the larger volume.

#5 – California Modern

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Residence 1CR at Prism at Weston: California modernism has long been associated with pop art and a sunny, cheerful vibrancy. Rooted in that tradition, this family home mixes bold, graphic lines—established by the horizontal siding and starkly asymmetrical roofline—with clean expanses of canvas-like white space and pops of bright citrus color. The effect is utterly charming and as refreshing as an ice-cold lemonade on a hot day.

Now that you’ve got the scoop, what’s your favorite take on modern style? Share and comment on our Facebook page @TRIPointeSoCal. And here’s a hint, there’s more modern inspiration to be had at model homes across Southern California. Find a neighborhood and visit today!

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