This modern Californian ranch house might have a modest floor plan, but its curvilinear design has a big impact.
Ricon Ranch is a compound in Hollister Ranch Goleta, a gated community within a working cattle ranch in Santa Barbara County. The compact 797 sq ft property was designed by Dave Mendro, principal of Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects in 2016, and is partly inspired by architect Mickey Muennig’s Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.
Its ‘rustic’ material palette nods to the agricultural vernacular: smooth curving roofs have a barn-like feel supported by board-formed concrete walls. Corten steel elements add ruggedness, and coloured plaster adds texture and tone drawn from the surroundings.
The California property, has one bedroom and one bathroom, with soaring ceilings and bespoke finishes such as Cherokee stone floors, limestone counters in the kitchen and custom joinery.
Floor-to-ceiling emphasises the views beyond the residence encompassing landscaped grounds filled with indigenous plant life and mature trees. A stone terrace connects the house to the garage, where a 629 sq ft lofted guest house has been installed.
Greg and Nate Alker of Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage are listing the 102-acre compound for $4.595m. Take a peek in the gallery above.