Tarzana Is My Heroine

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Storybook Ranch Homes

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Here are snapshots of a few storybook ranch houses I’ve seen around Encino, north of the Boulevard. These homes epitomize what my favorite retro home blog, Retro Renovation (http://retrorenovation.com), would call “mid-century modest” homes.

Fortunately not too many of these homes have been torn down to build Spanish-style McMansions–as happened to one very lovely barn-red storybook ranch home on the corner of Hayvenhurst and Adlon a few years ago. Some of you may remember the house I’m talking about….

I love the pale yellow exterior of this first house below, and of course the diamond-pane windows on the garage too!

Look at the mix of horizontal and vertical batten boards here (behind the white picket fence!)

I love storybook ranches in barn or carriage red with white trim

Look at the little dovecote tucked just under the eaves

This house below is so attractive with its row of diamond-paned windows, pale green exterior, and the peeling bark of the gum or melaleuca tree in front.

I have in mind starting a project of getting a photo of every storybook ranch in town.

Maybe you can help!

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Author: Coco O

I'm a stay-at-home poet, trained as a clinical psychologist, who studies creativity and the relationship between poetry and dreams.

4 thoughts on “Storybook Ranch Homes

  1. I live this story. Thank you for capturing these endangered dreams!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed seeing these sweet houses. Let’s hope other owners of these storybook ranches like their “mid-century modest” homes enough to preserve them.

  2. I have storybook ranch home and I love it! Out-dated or not, we are preserving it!

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