– Total homes sold, January 2020 to May 2022: 464,125
– 2020 Average Selling Price: $289,065 (#33 highest)
– 2022 Average Selling Price: $351,712 (#33 highest)
Synonymous with the “American Dream” after WWII, the Ranch style is characterized by its open layout, usually with an attached garage space or a carport. Ranch homes eschew multiple stories in favor of a spacious single story, often under a gently sloping roof.
Despite the name, it is not necessarily a farmhouse-type design. Instead, pioneer architect Joseph Eichler designed nearly 11,000 tract homes with indoor-outdoor living spaces, open space plans, and lots of windows that were designed to be sustainable and affordable during the post-war boom. The homes were a hit and Eichler, who was also an advocate of racially integrated housing during the 1950s, hoped that his suburban housing community would be welcoming to all.
Modern suburbs were fueled by the popularity of the automobile starting in the 1920s, which enabled Americans to venture into areas outside city centers. As Americans moved into the suburbs after WWII, they built spacious single-story homes to live in and designed their communities to accommodate more motor vehicles.
The suburb has been a popular destination for home-buying Americans over the past two years—a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that Americans moved out of urban centers. Sellers of farm homes have benefited from this trend.
This story originally appeared on Realm and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studios.