“Architecture is really important to me,” said Carl Dene. “I got my degree in graphic arts, so good design is very meaningful to me.”
The rise in price of the Ranchos has been staggering over the past decades as they’ve set record sales prices every couple of months, since a Cliff May first broke the million-dollar mark with the sale of a home at 3070 Karen Ave. in May 2019.
The woodwork in the house is original and in great condition after the owners had its 107 solid-mahogany doors and 80 mahogany-trimmed windows all stripped and refinished.
Simply put, Cal State Long Beach Department of Economics chair Seiji Steinmetz says, "A middle-class person cannot afford to own a home in Long Beach right now.”
The landscaping isn’t as graceful as Killingsworth typically preferred, but perhaps the eternal expanse of the Pacific visible from rooms throughout the house was more than enough for the architect who invariably integrated the inside of his houses with the outside environment.
It’s a vacant lot with its own boat dock that runs the entire 68 feet of the lot’s frontage; typically, a vacant lot doesn’t come with a place to moor your yacht.
The home with its second-story addition has maintained the sleek, horizontal lines and capacious overhangs that mark the rancho style, and it’s easy to imagine even Cliff May giving it a begrudging approval.
The most popular states to which people from the Golden State flee are Texas (according to recent census figures, about 82,000 Californians ended up in that state), followed by Arizona (59,000), Nevada (47,000), Washington (46,000) and Oregon (38,000).