The Rancho district of Long Beach lies north of Spring Street and El Dorado Park West. It’s a neighborhood of approximately 700 homes designed by world renowned architect Cliff May who is considered by many to be the “father of the California Ranch home” These homes feature open floor plans, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, attached garages, large patios with sliding glass doors, rooms that flow into each other and large expanses of glass creating a home that is filled with natural light.
His approach called for houses to be built out instead of up, with the continual goal of bringing the outdoors in. “Home with a Garden in Every Room” as stated by a San Diego Union featuring an original Cliff May design. The majority of these homes were built in the early 1950s, however many have been remodeled to reflect modern materials and textures, while preserving the vision this pedigreed architect.