Cool Ranch: This Contemporary Country Home Will Relieve All Your City Slicker Stress

Every city slicker harbours a not-so-secret desire to escape all the smog and skyscrapers and subways by planting themselves on an expansive, isolated piece of land in the country. They dream about getting back to nature and living out their days in a home surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking vistas. What they’re looking for is a ranch. And they’d hard-pressed to find one any better than this.


Situated on 160 acres of the Chileno Valley in California, the Hupomone Ranch is an updated country estate that provides all the spoils of modern living in a more rustic, picturesque setting.


Conceiving a contemporary space that takes inspiration from traditional barn homes is no easy feat, but the renowned architects at Turnbull Griffin Haesloop somehow made it work. A peaked two-story glass façade allows living room dwellers to feel as though they’re already outside enjoying the rolling hills, right from the comfort of the couch.

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to floor-to-ceiling windows is keeping the temperature comfortable in extreme weather without running yourself into bankruptcy. The home itself is energy efficient, with passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation.


Speaking of those large windows, they provide glorious waves of natural light throughout the home. The owners have kept the decor clean and simple with only a few traces of classic ranch fixings, like the occasional fur throw.


The very best way to enjoy all the natural beauty the property has to offer, though? While taking a splash in its stunning swimming pool, complete with its own fully-loaded pool house.



It all adds up to a remarkably original and wholly comfortable way to disconnect and unwind from the mayhem and madness of city life.


Photography: David Wakely