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March 2, 2012

A Cliff May Home

By Sablemable aka Jan


In my estimation, Cliff May is the king of ranch home architecture and I would love to own and live in one of his homes.

Better Homes and Gardens featured one of his homes, built in West Los Angeles, California in their April 1950 issue.  There weren’t any photos of the bathrooms and no decent photos of the kitchen, so they weren’t included.  Everything posted here is from my personal collection.







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The floor plan has a nice flow to it, however, I don’t think I’d like sharing my picnic table with the car. 

Do any of you own a Cliff May ranch, readers?

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10 Responses to A Cliff May Home

  1. Andrea Reply

    March 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Gorgeous! Although I do agree that sharing the picnic table with the car is a touch weird, LOL

  2. Vickie Reply

    March 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Simply breathtaking. I live in an area in Sacramento Calif. that was developed in the 1950’s & early 60’s and it has broken my heart over the years to see these beauties being torn down and replaced with over-the-top, ostentacious piles of well…you know. I so wish there were more people who love these homes and want to restore them. *Sigh* But it is nice to know there are some who do still love & appreciate them. Thanks for the memories ;- )

  3. sablemable Reply

    March 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! LOL, it IS weird!

    Vickieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! No they didn’t tear them down! Yes, I am so sick of these “new” houses; they all look the same, no character. And, I absolutely hate these entry doors with the half-moon. Replacing the original doors on MCM homes is a big mistake!

  4. ShaSha Reply

    March 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Was a Cliff May House used in the movie Susan Slade? I love that house and movie! Just wondered.

    • Annie B. Reply

      March 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Sha Sha,

      I checked it out – the house in Susan Slade was a Frank Lloyd Wright, and was the same house used in A Summer Place. Gorgeous architecture.
      Love the houses and love the movies!

      • ShaSha Reply

        March 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        Thanks Annie B.

  5. Annie B. Reply

    March 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The Cliff May home is as good as it gets. If you haven’t already, check out the “Rancho Style” website. Great photos of Cliff May homes.

  6. Richard D. Reply

    March 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    A friend here in Eugene, OR restored a Cliff May (article in Atomic Ranch) a middle class house not the next step up (or three) that you sometimes see for sale at high 6 figures or low 7 figures (California).

    I hope to move to Sacramento and will be looking at affordable cousins the Carter Sparks/Streng Brothers homes. I look for ads that say “needs updating” trying to avoid the black granite, cherry cabinet, laminate floor flip houses. His houses are wide spread, here in Eugene and Portland OR, California, Texas.

    Wander over to these FB pages to add to your addiction. These of course are merely scratching the MCM surface of FB. Surprisingly sparse on CM.

    Gabh an latha,

  7. Terry Reply

    April 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I live in a Cliff May custom home built in the 40’s. It’s a wonderful home and has its’ own website. Check it out, cliffmaycustom.com

  8. Marci Reply

    June 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I live in a Cliff May house in Eugene, OR with a butterfly roof line built in 1960. I’ve been restoring it for the last year. I love it. I feel like I’m living within a work of art.

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