A Ranch Restoration in Los Olivos Exudes Rustic California Charm

Los Angeles architect May Sung collaborates with a property owner on a vintage ranch reboot with style to spare.

This loving restoration of an 1880’s ranch house in the beautiful town of Los Olivos hits the mark … achieving that perfect blend of authentic character and modern comfort.

The large compound consists of the main home and six individual cottages.

According to owner Susan Kudo, the property has a varied and storied history. It’s been used as a horse ranch, stagecoach stop and even camp for the small gauge railroad executives and workers traveling from San Francisco to Santa Barbara.

It is also one of the oldest farm lots in the Santa Ynez Valley, known for its western appeal and formidable wine scene.

“I called upon Los Angeles architect May Sung of SUBU Design Architecture at the beginning of the project to help with drawing for the restoration of the property,” shares Susan. “Yet I found myself restoring the ranch in a much more organic manner. I had a vision for the ranch and I followed my instincts, I like to say ‘as the cards are laid, the game is played.’”

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