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The Ranch Style home is a particular architectural style that originated in the United States. It is a style often associated with the post-war housing boom of middle class tract homes typically constructed in the 1950-60’s. Over the decades, America has fallen in and out of love with the Ranch but seems as of late there is a growing fondness for this humble style of architecture.

I purchased a fixer-upper Ranch style home exactly three three years ago this month in a Southern California beach community. With many projects on the to-do list, I am always intrigued when I hear about a homeowner updating their own Ranch homes. I always wonder how a home with such humble beginnings can be transformed in a manner that can accommodate modern day standards without compromising the original architectural design. When I came across photos of this Texas Ranch home in Bungalow Magazine, I was pleasantly surprised to see how a simple Ranch style home can be elevated to a level that evokes such a glamourous vibe.

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Dreaming of a Carmel Ranch Cottage

More often than not, I come back from a vacation dreaming about buying a vacation home in the far away place I just came from. Mr. B and I recently came back from a trip to Carmel, California. Of course I came back with visions of buying a cute seaside getaway. I could see us settling into the picturesque community of Carmel quite well.  Carmel is a well-established, affluent California seaside community known for its gorgeous scenery, quaint shops and a rich artistic community.

I stumbled upon a real estate listing that features a charming 1,694 square foot ranch cottage with a view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s definitely the kind of place you can easily feel comfortable calling “home”.

“Located on Carmels most sought after street with both classic style and privacy. Rare blend of a Carmel cottage on the quiet and desirable section of Scenic Road with 3 courtyards, 4 bed, 2.5 bath, overlooking Carmel Beach. With Point Lobos views from the balcony, hardwood floors, high beam ceilings, and fireplace. Sophisticated coastal living with Pacific sunsets and the sounds of ocean waves.”

3080_073080_053080_093080_08Offered at $3.825m. Available through Alain Pinel Realtors.