HOMEBUYERS’ ADVICE | Loving the Ranch-style Home
All housing reflects the culture and the economics of their day, and the ranch-style home of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s is a symbol of post-World War II prosperity and an icon of the space age.
The mid-century saw the first real sprawl in communities away from town centers, made accessible by the increasingly affordable family car aided by President Eisenhower’s new highways. Land was plentiful, so most of these single-story or split-level homes are situated on comparatively large lots, with kid-friendly front and back yards.
These homes were designed as machines for living, with streamlined designs of the space age. Ranch homes were easy and quick to build, and a snap to remodel, as most…