Ranch Style Homes For Sale in Charleston SC

Ranch-style houses originated in the Southwest but can now be found across the USA, with different types prevalent in different parts of the country. Ranch-style homes have gone through periods of popularity over the last century, but have retained many of their original architectural elements.

Traditional ranch-style homes are single-story houses commonly built with an open-concept layout and a devoted patio space.

Types of Ranch Homes

California Ranch

The California ranch is characterized by an L- or U-shaped structure built low to the ground. A patio and front lawn are key features of the California ranch.

Suburban Ranch

Though the suburban ranch is similar to the California ranch it is more compact and asymmetrical in structure. Its other main features include an attached garage and backyard

Split-Level Ranch

The split-level ranch has a similar exterior to the suburban ranch but with three stories of staggered living space.

Raised Ranch

The front door of the raised ranch opens directly to a staircase leading both upstairs and downstairs, with the kitchen and bedrooms usually on the upper level.

Storybook Ranch

Also known as the fairytale ranch, the storybook ranch stands out from other ranch styles because of its ornamental details. This design features diamond-shaped window panes, a decorative chimney made of brick or stone, and a steep, gabled roof.


Ranch-style homes are very rich in unique distictable features, some of them are: Open concept floor plan, rectangular, “U”, or “L”-shaped, devoted patio or deck space, large windows, and sliding glass doors, a low-pitched roofline with wide eaves. They often include a finished basement and an attached garage.

Advantages and Disadvantages


- An Open and Inviting Ranch Floorplan

- Easier Exterior Maintenance

- Unique exterior with aesthetic features


- High maintenance expenses

- Expensive

- Usually small yards 

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