Cliff May, known as "the father of California Ranch Homes", built houses starting in the 1940s in San Francisco and Los Angles. He built houses for people who loved the California lifestyle. Located in sunny southern california they have 300 days of beautiful weather and his houses allowed the owners to enjoy it to the fullest. Most rooms in his homes have floor to ceiling windows and many open directly to the outside (including master bedrooms). I can't tell you how much I love the look of these homes inside and out. The exterior is just as unique with the roofs, paneling and structure.
Several neighborhoods still exist in Califonia and almost look untouched from the 1950s. I was lucky enough last year to tour one of these neighborhoods in the Long Beach area and it was like stepping back into time.