What’s a “modern ranch?” [North Tustin]

We LOVE modern ranch homes. No, I mean we really love them. And so do you, it turns out. But lately we’ve noticed an alarming trend of agents calling everything “modern” because it sells. And we noticed this listing, which just came up and we thought we’d weigh-in. 

At one of the scale you have Eichlers — beautiful, purist, mid-century modern masterpieces. And these homes really have the trio of what makes a home “modern” — modern architecture, clean-lined modern finishes, and modern decor. It’s a package. At the other end, you have fairly standard tract ranch homes that have been “reimagined” with clever materials, landscaping, and other finishes to create a modern home there once was just a plain old house.

My issue with this house is that it doesn’t fall under the spectrum. Make no mistake, it’s a nice house on a big lot in North Tustin, but other than a great collection of modern furniture and accessories, there’s not much that’s “modern” in this ranch. I do like the colonnade entry and the 3-sided fireplace is nice. But where are the floor-to-ceiling windows? Where are the tongue-and-groove ceilings? (only in the bonus space, it turns out) Where are the unique little touches? And even without those architecture elements…what about the finishes and remodeling? This home features a new kitchen and baths — but they aren’t modern at all. The floors are wood, slate, and what appears to be travertine. 

Picture the rooms without the cool furniture and accessories. This is a lovely North Tustin ranch, but modern it is not. 

Would you like to take a look? We’d love to represent you as a buyer on this wonderful property and give you our thoughts in person. Contact us. 

12902 BUBBLING WELL Road, North Tustin, CA 92705 (MLS # PW17057179)

(all data current as of 6/16/2019)
Price $1,179,000
Beds 4
Baths 3 baths
Home size 3,138 sq ft
Lot Size n/a
Days on Market 39
Status Sold
12902 Bubbling Well Rd is a Stunning Modern Ranch Style Dream Home Located on one of the Most Sought After North Tustin Streets. Enjoy the Beautiful Layout of This Four Bedroom, Two and a Half Bathroom Single Level Home That Includes a Large Bonus Room. The Spacious Open Floor Plan Features a Formal Living Room, Dining Room with Fireplace, Family Room, Kitchen, and Laundry Room. The Gourmet Kitchen Showcases Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Island Seating and is Open to the Family Room. The Lush Backyard Features a Sparkling Pool, Built-In BBQ, Covered Patio, Multiple Seating Areas, and Grass Area. The Master Bedroom Features an On-Suite Master Bathroom, Walk-In Closet, and Doors That Open to the Pool and Hot Tub. The Gated Front Courtyard Features Drought Friendly Landscaping, Lemon Trees as Well as an Herb and Vegetable Garden. Detached Two Car Garage. No HOA or Mello-Roos! This Dream Home Enjoys Priority Attendance to Tustin Memorial Academy! Easy Access to 5, 55 and 22 Freeways. Do Not Miss out on 12902 Bubbling Well Rd!

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 4/28/2017 Tract
Year Built 1963 Community NTS - North Tustin
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a


High School Tustin

Additional Details

Area NTS - North Tustin HOA Dues 0
Parking Spaces: 2.00 Pool Description Private,In Ground,Saltwater
Stories 1 Utilities Public;
View Description None Water Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Microwave
Exterior Barbecue Private
Fireplace Yes
Garage Driveway, Garage
Heat Central Furnace
Interior Ceiling Fan, Granite Counters, Open Floor Plan, Recessed Lighting
Lot Description Back Yard, Front Yard
Pool Yes
Style Modern, Ranch


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Listing provided by : John Katnik, Katnik Brothers R.E. Services

(view all details for MLS #PW17057179)

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1 Comment

  • Reply Megan March 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Maybe by modern they just mean updated rather than MCM. Probably not & they’re trying to trick us with furniture, but perhaps.

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