I recently went on a home tour of modern ranch style houses. Lots of people have an image in their heads of post war ranch houses that are kind of dusty and smelly and really not conducive to living. Many of them had floor plans that made no sense.
But the newest generation of ranch style homes is really exciting. They make good use of the space, incorporate many modern amenities and use their single story format in clever ways. I saw one that actually had a rooftop deck.