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Classic Cliff May California Ranch Offers a Relic From the '30s

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A California ranch house built by the father of California ranch-house building has just hit the market for $6.7M. Set on a hilltop on La Jolla, Calif.'s charmingly named Lookout Drive, the property, which was completed in 1936, has all the hallmarks of this period of Cliff May's work; most notable are the vaulted, beamed ceilings and the prominent connection between the indoors and out. The five-bedroom, 2,620-square-foot ranch was previously home to the late cookbook author Theresa Yianilos and occupies .83 acres of an estate containing four separate, legal parcels totaling more than 36,000 square feet. Fun fact: despite his impact on the industry, May, a licensed builder, never formally registered as an architect. “I was proud that I got where I did and wasn’t an architect,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1988, one year before his death. But after the state overhauled licensing legislation in the mid '80s, May got a call from the office of California's then-Governor George Deukmejian saying, "We're making you an architect."

· Cliff May Ranch Home in La Jolla Listed for $6.7 Million [Realtor.com]
· For May, Less is More: Architect Takes Aim at 'Monuments' [LAT]