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What is a California Ranch-Style Home?




The state of California is world-famous for many reasons including it’s beautiful beaches, national parks, vineyards, and various tourist attractions. But did you know that another reason California is so highly favored by elite athletes, celebrities and other socialites is because of its unique architectural home designs? Of the many different home styles offered on the real estate market, often the most preferred is a ranch-style house. 



A ranch-style home, also known as the American ranch due to it’s origination in the United States, first appeared as a residential-style around the 1920s. The Ranch home open floor plan was exceptionally popular with the post-war middle-class Consumer Era, and because of it’s high demand was quickly globally exported. So what exactly was and continues to be so appealing about this ranch house plan? 


What to Look for in a Ranch-Style Home

Let’s start with the general ranch-style house plan and what it consists of. Typically, suburban ranches in California and across the United States are single-story homes with a wide-open layout that gives the ranch floor plan a “close to the ground” feel. However, there are technically two-story ranches, called raised ranches, that include a finished basement that serves as an additional floor. Raised ranches are not to be confused with split-level homes, which are a style of house in which the floor levels are staggered. Ranches with varying stories are quite foreign to the original blueprint of what a single-story ranch should be, is far more suitable for families and guests who want to enjoy their privacy. 

With a heavy emphasis on outdoor living, most ranch home plans include sliding glass doors that showcase extensive landscaping or open up to a patio. It is also common for most ranches to include an attached garage, as car ownership and ranch-style homes were both rising in popularity between 1940 to 1970, and families needed to utilize the functionality of their garages. Another common feature amongst most California ranch-style homes is an L or U-shaped silhouette, which creates designated courtyard space. Additionally, California ranch-style houses are vastly larger in scale in comparison to other ranches across the U.S. featuring vaulted ceilings and sunken rooms to create and emphasize dimension.


Purchasing a California Ranch-Style Home

When it comes to purchasing ranch-style homes in California, LandLeader partnered brokers are experts. Our real estate professionals have entire careers dedicated to finding ranches for their clients in California and all across the United States. If you’re looking to buy a ranch in California, one of the best places you can start before any of these steps is browsing our inventory of California ranches for sale. This will help you get a sense of what the current market is like in the state. Otherwise, if you have any further questions on the process of how to buy land in California, feel free to contact us.

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