Last Monday’s blog (10-11-13) was about Colonial style homes. In today’s blog we take a look at ranch style homes, which are common in Vermont. I am presently listing one for sale on Irish Settlement Road in Underhill, Vermont.
Ranch style homes feature a long, low, ground-hugging profile and are mostly single story, with open floor plans throughout, which means all of the major rooms flow from one to another. Ranches are usually built with a full basements or on a slab.
True ranch style homes first made their appearance in the 1920s. They were based on Spanish Colonial architecture used in the American Southwest. That style, combined with modern architectural touches, resulted in the California ranch style home, designed by Cliff May. That led to a boom in the building of these homes from the 1940s through the 1970s. Their livability, flexibility in floor plans, and uncomplicated design were perfect for the post-World War II growth of American suburbs.
Ranch style homes features
Ranch style homes have a number of distinguishing exterior features, including a long, low roofline. Brick, wood, or stucco are the three most common exterior materials used in ranch-style homes, though in Vermont you probably won’t see much stucco. Many have an attached garage. A well-designed ranch style home will usually have large windows, especially the living room, which normally features a large picture window. Almost all feature sliding doors leading to a deck. This describes in a nutshell the Underhill ranch style home I have listed. For more photos of this home, check out this Facebook Album.
In many real estate markets, existing ranch style homes are offered at a relatively affordable price. A September 2009 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders found that those 55 years of age and older strongly preferred a single-story ranch style home. A single story means the only stairs in the home will lead down to the basement, if one exists, or at the entry. In addition, the open and airy interior makes cleaning easier.
If you’d like to see the ranch style home I have listed in Underhill, give me a call at 802-858-9193 or send me an email. We’ll go look at it together.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to comment. Next week’s blog will be about Federal style homes.