Classic ranch house nestled on the beautiful Santa Lucia Preserve


This classic ranch house was designed by BAR Architects, located on a sprawling 19 acres of property in the Santa Lucia Preserve, California. The 11,800 square foot compound was conceived of multiple wings that interconnect to form small, low building structures. The architects designed the wings to form a courtyard as well as private landscaped zones next to the living areas.

Within the context of the terrain, you will find the main house and a pool house, masterfully planned and designed. The structures were integrated within the landscape to take advantage of both the courtyard and outdoor terraces. This helps to seamlessly blend indoor-outdoor living spaces and create a natural transition into the surrounding grasslands.


“Interior floor elevations and low sloped roof forms trace the natural slope of the site, conveying the appearance that the structures grow naturally out of the surrounding grassland,” states the architects. The structures are intermingled with the existing Oak trees, anchoring the house and framing views from the home.

From a distance, you are only able to view parts of the structure through the trees. This helps to make the home feel more integrated within its natural landscape. Expansive verandahs run along the side of the home that overlooks a golf course on the property. The extended roof overhangs provides shelter from the elements during the warm summer months.


The material palette selection was in keeping with traditional ranch house style, simple and practical. The exterior facade is clad with mainly wood siding. While the roof material on all structures is wood shake. Generous eaves feature copper gutters and exposed eave framing. The retaining walls are composed of stone and are in keeping with the hues of the site.


What We Love: This classic ranch house features bright and airy living spaces with a causal yet elegant design aesthetic. We especially love the design of the dining room. From the wood ceiling beams, that adds a hint of rustic to the space to the industrial factory windows; merging indoors with the outdoors. Overall a beautiful home crafted for family living and entertaining… what is your favorite design feature in this home?

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Photos: Matthew Millman

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