"By some estimates, 70% of American homes built in the 25 years after World War II were ranch houses.
...But the ranch house had a special role in Los Angeles, and the fruit orchards and bean fields that fell away from the city soon became ideal laboratories for the style â€" making L.A. the unofficial capital of what would be called the 'California-style house.'
...To author and suburban bard D.J. Waldie, the ranch house is downright fashionable. 'It's the late 20th century version of the Arts and Crafts bungalow.' "