Atlanta Ranch Homes for Sale
Find all ranches homes for sale in Atlanta. A ranch home, or American Ranch, rancher, rambler or California ranch, mixes modern living with the American Western time period. Originating in the US, ranch homes are long, low and practical.
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Listing information last updated on April 4, 2020 at 5:15 AM EST.
In the 1950s, Americans developed a fascination with the Old West. John Wayne and Roy Rogers made ranch homes with exteriors fashioned after Western movie sets immensely popular.
Common Characteristics & Features
Simple, open floor plans with efficient living space is the heart of the traditional rancher. Practical to the core, a ranch-style home has limited ornamentation both indoors and out. Curb appeal is left to the long, clean lines and practical easy-care gardens. Common characteristics include:
- an attached garage
- one story, no stairs
- built on a concrete slab, crawl space or full basement
- long, horizontal facade facing the street, wider than deep on the lot
- sleeping wing and living area separate
- low profile
- open interior with minimal or partial walls in the interior living area
- rectangular, L or U shaped
- low pitched roof
- extended eaves
- natural materials like brick and wood
- asymmetrical design
- bedrooms near the front (unusual at the time)
- most have 3 bedrooms
The windows, front and back, are distinctive on a ranch home. In the front, you will notice a large picture window in the main living space. While maintaining the practical image, the window brings in natural light to the living room and dining areas. In contrast, the less practical (but really nice) purpose affords generous views of the garden areas in the front yard.
In the back, sliding glass doors are exceptionally common. Leading out to a patio or porch, the sliders open up a private exterior living space, perfect for BBQs. The wide glass panels also bring light from the rear of the home, adding to the light and airy feel.
Benefits of the Ranch Home
Open floor plans distinguish a ranch home from other styles. Since living and dining rooms are typically combined, a rancher makes for a functional lifestyle. A light, airy interior with lots of natural light makes living comfortable and easy.
The use of natural materials like brick and wood appeals to the practical side of homeowners. Decor uses earthy tones, rougher textures, and comfortable furniture.
As Americans age, the ranch home has become even more popular. With no stairs, main floor living and sleeping is effortless in a rancher.
The ranch home is well suited to American lifestyles, but they also lend themselves to renovation and addition. Without interior walls, the modern great room is only a minor tweak from an original traditional ranch home floor plan.