Dovecotes

Here are two elaborate dovecotes I saw on a couple of other storybook ranch homes in Encino.

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Look how tall the dovecotes rise above the roof, especially in the top photo. Quite the decorative touch for a modest and attractive house!

Look also at the rafter tails extending past the eaves on the top house. Such a lovely touch and very typical of the storybook ranch design.

The sweet feature in the second house is the bank of diamond-pane windows. They are so inset and the panes so small that, if I’m not mistaken, the style leans toward Tudor. (Think Stratford-upon-Avon!)

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Storybook Book Ranches In The Valley

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I apologize that the photos to accompany the text did not upload as planned. I only just realized it!–to see the text, but with the house photos I refer to, please go to my blog “Tarzana Is My Heroine,” where the full post can be found: http://tarzanaismyheroine.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/storybook-ranch-homes/.

Thanks and sorry for the confusion! — Coco

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Here are a selection of storybook ranch homes I’ve seen out in Encino, where we live the rest of the time when we’re not in Redlands. These homes epitomize what my favorite retro home blog, Retro Renovation (http://retrorenovation.com), would call “mid-century modest” homes.

Fortunately not too many of these homes have been torn down to build Spanish-style McMansions–as happened to one very lovely barn-red storybook ranch home on the corner of Hayvenhurst and Adlon a few years ago. If any of you are familiar with Encino, you may remember the house I’m talking about.

I love the pale yellow exterior of this first house below, and of course the diamond-pane windows on the garage too!

Look at the mix of horizontal and vertical batten boards here (behind the white picket fence!)

I love storybook ranches in barn or carriage red with white trim

Look at the little dovecote tucked just under the eaves

This house below is so attractive with its row of diamond-paned windows, pale green exterior, and the peeling bark of the gum or melaleuca tree in front.

I have in mind starting a project of photographing of every storybook ranch in Redlands–and of course I have a special interest in the ones around Caballero Lane and Crescent Ave., since these were the houses my dad helped Ed Caballero build!

Maybe you can help?

Another storybook ranch in Encino

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Now that I’m thinking regularly about storybook ranch homes, I see them everywhere I go around the San Fernando Valley and the Westside of L.A. There were a few especially nice ones I’ve always noticed, but now I see them constantly. Many are very “mid-century modest,” as Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation calls them, and so don’t stand out. But they are there! Btw, here’s a link to her “Mid-Century Modest Manifesto”–     http://retrorenovation.com/mid-century-modest-manifesto/

I’ll post any photos to give an idea of the variety of looks (and various types of ‘upgrades’) these houses have. Some of the cutest ones I’ve seen are painted barn red, and in a future post, I’ll put up pictures of some in my SF Valley neighborhood. The barn-red houses look especially good with the invariably white, almost gingerbread trim.