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Entry from October 17, 2015
Ranchion (ranch + mansion)

A “ranchion” (ranch + mansion) is a ranch-style mansion. The ranch-style houses that were built post-World War II from the 1940s to the 1970s were usually one story buildings and inexpensive. A “ranchion” is a ranch with lots of acreage, and usually several buildings and a swimming pool.

“Ranchion” has been cited in print since at least 2005, when President George W. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch, near Crawford, Texas, was dubbed with this term.


Wikipedia: Ranch-style house
Ranch (also American ranch, California ranch, rambler or rancher) is a domestic architectural style originating in the United States. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style.

First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular with the booming post-war middle class of the 1940s to 1970s. The style is often associated with tract housing built at this time, particularly in the western United States, which experienced a population explosion during this period, with a corresponding demand for housing. The style was exported to other nations and so is found in other countries. Their popularity waned in the late 20th century as neo-eclectic house styles, a return to using historical and traditional decoration, became popular.

Democratic Underground
mcctatas
Tue Aug-02-05 10:30 PM
9. Yeah, that’s what I always thought…
being secluded on your heavily guarded “ranchion” where you are only in touch with your aides, military commanders and foreign leaders, surely must be the best way to reconnect with everyday America. What a load of horse shit!!!
(President George w. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.—ed.)

AddieStan
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
No room at the ranchion?
From the Fabulous Frankie G., your blogstress’s partner in musical crimes, comes this thought:

The great state of Texas; The land of MILLIONS and MILLIONS of acres of luxury “ranchions” (ranch-mansions), and they cannot take in any more refugees from Louisiana.

Twitter
Aaron Ginsburg
‏@DrLawyercop
Ranchion = mansion + ranch. #WordsIMadeUpToday
View translation
4:23 PM - 1 Jul 2010

Twitter
Collin Krum
‏@collinkrum
I live in a ranchion (ranch-style mansion) with @TimothyPaull and @Jason_Staats #party
10:57 PM - 1 Aug 2011

Twitter
Emily Meredith
‏@emsmeredith
Ranch + Mansion = RANCHION.
11:16 PM - 19 Nov 2012

Jenny Van Dyck
Benjamin + Anissa | Southeastern Oklahoma Mansion Wedding
Jun 14, 2013
(...)
She and Benjamin decided to get married at a friend’s house in Stuart, Oklahoma. Actually, I believe they called it a “ranch.” Now, I’m not too familiar with ranches, so as I drove into town at around 10:00 at night and pulled up the long driveway, expecting to see some long wooden logs with smoke coming out of the chimney, you know a real rustic “Legends of the Fall” type deal, I was surprised to see a MANSION in front of me with beautiful pillars, a fabulous blue door, and incredible view of a valley from the back yard. Ummm, heck yes for ranch/mansion (I’ll call it “ranchion”) weddings!

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Tori Bedows
‏@tori_bed0ws
@ my cousin’s ranchion.
{ranch mansion= ranchion}
5:51 PM - 9 Aug 2014

Design Sponge
June 12, 2015
WILDIN’ OUT AT A NASHVILLE FAMILY RANCHION
by Annie Werbler
(...)
The 2,000 square-foot home consists of ten rooms spread out on one floor, which inspired a Brooklyn-based friend to name “The Ranchion” (ranch-mansion). “As New Yorkers, anything bigger than a bagel is a mansion.”

Athens (GA) Banner-Herald
Athens-Clarke officials begin to look at regulating infill development
By JIM THOMPSON
updated Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:39pm
(...)
In that regard, one thing planning department staff members noted in recent years is the construction of what Lonnee on Thursday called “ranchions” (a portmanteau of “ranch house” and “mansion”) — existing single-story homes that had an additional story added.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, October 17, 2015 • Permalink