Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Know Your Architecture: Ranch Style

The ranch-style home at 4025 Inwood Road is priced $792,000.
The ranch-style home at 4025 Inwood Road is priced $792,000. Elijah Jones

Ranch-style is rooted in North American Spanish Colonial architecture of the 17th through 19th centuries, with its single-story floor plans, native materials and interior courtyards surrounded by the structure. Low-slung Ranch-style homes were first built in the United States in the 1930s, and by the 1950s, nine out of every 10 new houses was a Ranch.

Ranch-style homes embrace open spaces and the connection between indoor and outdoor living: The backyard is usually just steps from the kitchen or living room via sliding glass doors. Ranch architecture’s common cues include a long, low horizontal orientation; floor plans that are U-shaped, L-shaped or rectangular; hipped or gabled roofs; flowing interior spaces; and large picture windows. Ranch-style homes tend to be easy to maintain because they are often made of brick, which requires little fuss. The roofs’ wide eaves help shade the large windows from the Texas sun.

“The ranch architectural style is like jazz and great cheeseburgers,” writes Karin Beuerlein on “It’s an art form unique to America.”

Famous examples include the house in the 1961 film The Parent Trap and Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House” near Santa Barbara, California.

The two-story, Ranch-style home at 4025 Inwood Road in Fort Worth’s Tanglewood area offers multiple spaces for living, relaxing and entertaining. Its flexible floor plan features four bedrooms, including a first-floor master suite with an updated bath and views of the heavily treed, terraced backyard and pool area. The many perks include an updated kitchen with a breakfast bar and an upstairs den with a unique pub-style mahogany bar.

The home is represented by Amy Chairez and Duke Chairez and priced $792,000.

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