Stucco homes look amazing. No wonder stucco was the finish-of-choice throughout the western U.S. until the 1980s and is one of the world’s oldest types of siding materials.
Traditional stucco is extremely strong and durable because it’s made of lime, sand, and water. Many of today’s stucco, however, is less durable and can be brittle because they’re made of Portland Cement, sand, and water.
Well-maintained stucco exteriors can last for 50 years or more. It’s almost maintenance-free since you only need to do a thorough inspection of it and to clean it once a year.
It’s versatile and offers homeowners a customized look of their homes. Your home can have a smooth, rough, or patterned look. You can even add color, stones, an acrylic finish or any decorative features you want.
Stucco is breathable, water-shedding, and impact-resistant. It resists rot, fungus, and insects. It’s also fire- and noise-resistant.
While it’s considered cost-effective because it doesn’t require expensive materials, stucco application is very labor intensive which can drive costs up. It requires professional installation so a DIY endeavor should be out of the question.
Stucco homes, unfortunately, are not ideal in a rainy environment or areas prone to earthquakes. If you’re fortunate enough to be situated in a normal climate, then a stucco siding is one of your best options.
Scroll through the photo gallery below for breathtaking stucco homes.
Paved courtyard garden with a custom-shaped pond in the middle and surrounded by yellow stucco exterior.
Early morning sunlight shines on a large estate home in Bel Air California.
Large luxury waterfront house surrounded by palm trees and a yacht docked by the harbor.
Bright yellow luxury waterfront house surrounded by palm trees under a clear blue sky.
Warm yellow luxury waterfront house with arched windows surrounded by palm trees.
House with white stucco exterior and arched doorways and windows facing the driveway surrounded by green trees and lawn.
A row of palm trees stand in front of the luxury waterfront house and a yacht docked at the harbor.
Luxury house with courtyard and square pool.
Exterior view of a beautiful estate home with paver driveway.
Huge luxury house tucked in a dense mountaintop.
A Mediterranean-styled stucco and tiled roof home facade.
Luxury home exterior under early morning light. Sedan in driveway.
Brick pavers leading up to this beautiful estate home in Florida.
Beautiful estate home featuring French architecture.
New housing in Northern California. Wide angle corrected for perspective distortion and cropped.
Stucco house shines bright under a clear blue sky.
A large waterfront house with boxed hedges and palm trees.
Front entrance with bricked pavers leading to a beautiful estate home.
Huge luxury stucco home featuring geographic windows and tucked in a desert landscape surrounded by green plants.
Large home located on mountain butte overlooking desert landscape near Scottsdale, AZ.
Luxury house with bedroom balconies under arches and an arched foyer with steps for a grand entrance.
Adobe structure in Sedona Arizona.
Santa Fe styled desert Southwest mansion with eroded red rock buttes in the background. Yavapai County, Arizona, 2013.
Luxury house with yellow stucco exterior and stone decoration for the foyer.
Executive home in Northern California with an arched foyer and windows, exterior steps leading to the entrance and a large garage and concrete driveway.
Another adobe house in a desert landscape.
Stucco luxury house with glazed windows at the foot of a hill surrounded by desert plants.
Stucco home exterior against a clear blue sky near sunset. Typical Southern California architectural style.
Exterior of a white stucco luxury house with exterior stairs and landscaped yard.