Ranch-style architecture, or California ranch style homes, originated in the United States in the 1920s. The style combines Spanish colonial architecture used in the Southwestern U.S. with Modern architecture.
Ranch homes saw the height of their popularity from the 1940s through the 1970s and were especially dominant post WWII thanks to the simplicity of their design and an increasing preference towards suburbanization. As more traditional styles once again took hold in the 1960s, ranch homes began to decline in popularity, but have recently seen a resurgence in demand.
The ranch style home has one story, with an attached garage and simple, open floor plan. Other characteristics include a long, low roofline; asymmetrical design; large windows; natural light; and exposed beams. These homes often feature sliding doors leading to a patio. Exteriors are usually brick, wood, or stucco.
In Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, there are many neighborhoods with ranch-style homes. In Raleigh, Cameron Village features ranch homes built in the 1940s-1950s. Other Raleigh neighborhoods with ranch homes include Wilmont, Laurel Hills, Lakemont, and Crestview. Neighborhoods in Durham include Hope Valley and Parkwood. In Chapel Hill, Briar Chapel and Governors Park both have ranch style homes.
1960s Ranch home in Duke Forest, a popular Durham neighborhood.
1990s Ranch-style home in North Raleigh.
Below you will find the 20 most recent ranches for sale in the Triangle. Use our Advanced Search to narrow it down by Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or other areas. Make sure to select "Ranch" in the Style drop down menu.
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