Is it a Ranch or a Rambler?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HOMEFRONT Realty WA State Licence #23384

Authored By: Jo Soss :

American Ranch, Western Ranch, or California Rambler are housing styles found all over the country. I guess it all depends where you live in choosing the term for a single story house plan.  Working with relocation buyers to the Bremerton area I find it very interesting what areas of the country use what which term.   I grew up calling them ramblers but have changed to using the term ranch once I entered the real estate profession.  I believe the term Ranch is used by more real estate consumers than rambler.   


Bremeton WA Real Estate Home Styles


What are the features of a ranch style home?

•    Single story
•    Low pitched roof
•    Rambling (maybe that is why I used the term rambler) layout -  Long and narrow
•    Large windows: some double-hung,  some sliding, and large living room picture windows
•    Sliding glass doors leading out to patio (Updated to French doors, these days)
•    Attached garage
•    Very Simple floor plans
•    Emphasis on openness (few interior walls) and efficient use of space

World War II always seems to play a roll in what we have today.  When soldiers were returning from war amass the simple, economical Ranch house was built in huge quantities very quickly to meet their housing needs.  I think this is where the whole “cookie-cutter” idea was born for the housing market. 

Sure there are ranch style homes that show no style but there are also ranch style home designs that offer plenty of curb appeal.  As the baby boomer generation ages these ranch style homes will be in huge demand all over the Bremerton area.  With the cost of land we have went years without really including this style of home in the typical housing development. Large ranch homes will see their day and their prices will reflect their demand.


Bremeton WA Real Estate Home Styles



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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

It's a Ranch of course and that sure does look like a very fine ranch indeed.

Oct 15, 2008 10:18 AM #1
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Monika, I do think Ranch sounds better. I use to own a "Rambler" it was my very first car! A 1960's something :)

Oct 15, 2008 10:27 AM #2
Scott Cowan
RE/MAX Professionals - Olympia, WA

Jo- I think it depends on what part of the country you are in.... Rambler is a fairly common term in the NW but I hear people from other areas say Ranch...


Ramblers were/are cool cars!!


Oct 15, 2008 11:34 AM #3
Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Eastern N C calls them "ranches" --we never hear "rambler" here.  :-)

Oct 15, 2008 12:16 PM #4
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Scott, I know in Spokane that is what we called them. When I moved here I would say "Rambler" and get weird looks. I have to find what rambler I had - it was a two door - like the size of a mini-cooper

Cynthia, I am liking the "ranch" term. When I get out east I hope my lingo can adapt!

Oct 15, 2008 01:23 PM #5
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Jo, I live in one of those post-WWII ranch homes that's been added on to over the years and I love it.  We always say that if we ever build we would just replicate our existing home with a couple of tweaks.

Oct 15, 2008 03:44 PM #6
Elise Harron
Dirt Road Real Estate - Kingman, AZ
Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist

Thanks Jo,

I grew up in the midwest and have spend the last 30 years n the desert - never really knew that a "rambler" was the same as a "ranch" - in fact to give ya a chuckle... it was once said to me (not totally in jest) that a rambler was a long laid out house with a VW in front of it and if the same house had a pickup truck in front of it it was called a ranch. 

Thanks for the great share,


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