We go on the SOHO tour to six homes designed by architect Cliff May. He designed Mexican hacienda style homes which were the precursors of the California ranch style homes. May said that he built the same home over and over again. Instead of plopping a house down in the middle of a lot with a front yard and a back yard, May put a facade directly on the street consisting typically of a two car garage a doorway and one window which usually led to a bedroom. It was covered with a decorative grill that held plants.
Once inside the front door a private interior world opened up consisting of a U shaped house wrapped around the lot lines, a covered patio and a courtyard. There were no interior hallways, just an exterior corridor. There was complete privacy from both the street and the neighbors since on the other side of the courtyard there typically was a high wall usually covered in bouganvillea plants. Cliff May had no formal architectural training having dropped out of San Diego State. He sold the houses on the tour in the 1930s for $9500. furnished and landscaped.