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While bungalow is often used as a general term to describe a casual, one-story home or beach house, it actually has far more specific origins. The first bungalows were built in India by the British in the mid-19th century and the word bungalow is derived from the Indian Hindustani word bangal, which means “belonging to Bengal.”

The concept behind these first designs was a casual, straightforward, and simple construction that British travelers could use as a rest house. These initial structures typically featured large porches with deep overhangs to protect dwellers from the country’s hot climate. The American version of a bungalow was first constructed in southern California and didn’t appear until the early 20th century. This style of the home saw

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When you think of Victorian Style architecture, a distinctive, dollhouse-like style may come to mind, but the Victorian movement actually encompasses many different architectural styles. The name “Victorian” stems from the time period when Queen Victoria reigned supreme, from 1837 to 1901. This more than 50-year period resulted in many popular styles, including Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Romanesque, all of which fall under the Victorian umbrella.

Gothic architecture had a major influence on Victorian styles, as many adopted the Gothic notion of ornate, imposing designs that favored beauty over function. In addition to a Gothic influence, Victorian styles also incorporated French, Italian, and

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History of the Loft

The term “loft” initially referred to upper-level storage spaces, most commonly found in industrial buildings and warehouses. These days, though, when many people think of the term loft, a highly sought-after style of urban home comes to mind.

Starting in the 1950s and ‘60s, U.S. manufacturing began to move overseas, leaving an increasing number of abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings in its wake, particularly in New York City. Many artists capitalized on these abandoned spaces, seeing an opportunity to live affordably in an expansive home within New York City limits. And, because artists always seem to lead the charge on what become popular trends, many non-artists began to see the cool appeal of these spaces too.

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Deepwell: A Brief History

Among the oldest neighborhoods in Palm Springs, Deepwell was founded in the 1920s and received its name from the endeavors of scientist Henry Pearson. Pearson purchased an apricot ranch in 1926 and drilled himself a well on the property that descended more than 600 feet, hence the name, Deepwell.

In 1928, Charlie Doyle bought Pearson’s property and converted it into the Deepwell Guest Ranch, which featured accommodations for 22 guests and informed much of Deepwell’s present day activities, such as horseback riding. Fast forward to 1952 and the luxurious ranching retreat became part of a subdivision comprised of 369 homes, including 19 Biltmore residences, and was dubbed the Deepwell

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Dating back to the early 20th century, Spanish-style architecture in the United States is typically referred to as Spanish Colonial Revival (SCR) architecture. The distinctive style stems from traditional Spanish architectural themes found in early American colonial settlements from Spain.

SCR was most popular in the U.S. from 1915-1940. Its popularity is largely attributed to the Panama-California Exposition in 1915 in San Diego, which most famously showcased the work of architect Bertram Goodhue and gave the style national acclaim. The style is mostly found in California, Florida, and some parts of Texas.

Features of a Spanish Colonial Revival Home

Spanish Style Architecture Features

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Thick, Stucco Walls

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Julius Shulman photographing Case Study House no. 22, West Hollywood, 1960. Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10 // Image Source: casualoptimist.wordpress.com

Julius Shulman is among the most iconic architectural photographers to date. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Los Angeles, Shulman attended UCLA and University of California - Berkeley where he honed his photography skills and earned extra money by selling his photographs to fellow students.

In 1936, Shulman was enlisted by a friend to work for architect, Richard Neutra. When Shulman showed Neutra one of his photographs of the Neutra-designed Kun Residence in LA, Neutra recruited him to take more architectural photos, ultimately launching Shulman’s career.

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Art Deco Style Architecture

Art Deco, AKA style moderne or, simply, “Deco", sprouted up in the 1920s before becoming wildly popular in the United States and Europe in the 1930s. First exhibited in Paris at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925, the luxurious materials and fine craftsmanship created ornamental Art Deco homes, buildings, and decor embellished with everything from chevrons and ziggurats to floral and sunrise patterns.

The unique approach combined style adaptations, like Cubism and Fauvism, with global influences from such places as China, India, and ancient Egypt, to create a style that was uniquely modern (at the time) and historic. The materials used were

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The term “farmhouse” is thrown around a lot in reference to architecture, but many people don’t realize that it doesn’t actually describe one particular style. In fact, original farmhouses were constructed in the 1700s and varied quite a bit from one another. Rather than distinct characteristics, authentic farmhouses were virtually any homes built on a farm, often by the owner. They were functional houses designed to make a farming lifestyle easier and were constructed with whatever materials were available -- typically mud and logs initially, then brick and stone as railroads made additional supplies more accessible.

These days, though, if you’re looking at a home that’s pegged as a farmhouse design, you’re more than

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Born in Finland and raised in the U.S., Eero Saarinen, whose birthday is this month on August 20th, merged rationalism, neo-futurism, and modernism to create iconic architectural and furniture designs.

Saarinen’s talent for design comes as no surprise given that he’s the son of renowned Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen, and sculptor and textile artist, Loja Saarinen. Growing up with design in his blood, Saarinen eventually found himself at Cranbook Academy of Art where his father was a professor as well as the school’s designer. At Cranbook, Saarinen met fellow designer, Charles Eames. The duo collaborated on numerous furniture designs, the most famous of which was their series of molded plywood chairs which won them the

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Featured Sea Ranch Home for Sale: Condominium One | Image source: sonomamag.com

With fewer than 900 permanent residents, Sea Ranch is a quaint, idyllic, and unincorporated planned community that’s only about 50 years old. Its exceedingly peaceful and quiet vibe, complete with expansive oceanic views, lush trees, and craggy cliffs, is the perfect locale for a vacation retreat or a retirement home.

Sea Ranch Architecture & Development

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Sea Ranch was founded by Oceanic Properties with Bay Area landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin, being largely responsible for the highly-curated yet calm feel of the community. Halprin, along with four other architects, set the parameters for all of Sea Ranch’s homes’ exteriors, starting

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