Greece’s houses top the ranking of the most beautiful types of homes worldwide. The ranking was compiled by the UK Estate Agent comparison site GetAgent. The researchers aimed to detect which property styles were most attractive to people.
The company used artificial intelligence to conduct the research. The focus was on special software to track the participants’ gaze. They were shown images of sixty scenic sites around the world, and artificial intelligence technology tracked their eye movements and determined which images they found most attractive.
The researchers then analyzed the results and came up with a score based on the average time spent looking at each image, as well as the time it took participants to look at the houses for the first time. This data allowed GetAgent to identify the most beautiful and attractive homes around the world.
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Results of the Study
In the realm of the world’s most beautiful buildings, Greece ranked as the top country with a most impressive score of 79.5 out of 100 for the picturesque properties of its homes. Renowned for simple forms, tall columns, and the use of local and natural materials, traditional Greek architecture, especially the blue-domed island homes, captivates admirers globally.
Securing the second spot, France earned a total score of 78.5 out of 100, with participants attracted to the French Bastide and Provincial architectural styles. Homes in Asia, known for their unique and traditional designs, also garnered attention, with Thailand and Indonesia securing places in the top five. The UK found itself in the lower half of the top ten countries with the most beautiful homes, scoring just over 65 out of 100.
The Most Attractive House Styles
In terms of the most impressive architectural style for homes, Victorian properties in the UK garnered the most attention from participants, capturing their gaze with an average time of 1.38 seconds. This traditional British architectural style, distinguished by high-pitched roofs, bay windows, and ornate gable trim, outshone the Italian Tuscan house style by a single point, securing the top spot.
Italian Tuscan houses, celebrated for their rustic, rough-cut stone appearance and terracotta floors, claimed the second position in the global ranking of the most beautiful types of homes. Traditional Indonesian houses, also known as Rumah adat, clinched the bronze in this architectural beauty assessment.
Other styles, such as France’s Bastide and Greece’s Traditional, also secured positions in the list of the top ten most beautiful globally.
Iconic Blue and White Homes of Greece
Blue and white are recognized as Greece’s iconic colors, seen in the flag and reflecting the Mediterranean sea and sky. However, the use of these colors in homes is more practical rather than symbolic.
Homes were constructed of stone as a result of the scarcity of wood on rocky Aegean islands. The dark color of the rocky terrain absorbed sunlight during the scorching Greek summers, making interiors uncomfortably hot. In response, residents began painting their homes white, effectively mitigating the heat and creating a more comfortable living environment.
The association of blue with Greek island houses is to a large extent a result of historical circumstances. In 1938, during a cholera outbreak in Greece under the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas, a national mandate required islanders to paint their homes blue and white.
The whitewash used for this purpose contained limestone, a potent disinfectant. This seemingly unconventional measure was a practical step in curbing the spread of cholera and sanitizing living spaces.