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Midcentury Modern Mania! 7 Eichler Homes on the Market Right Now

By Claudine Zap | May 26, 2020


Fans of midcentury modern design, listen up! A few absolutely amazing Eichler homes have appeared on the market of late.

These tract homes, developed by the builder Joseph Eichler, blossomed from the 1950s through the 1970s. The intent was to provide modern, affordable homes across the Bay Area and Orange County (with some rare outliers in New York).

About 11,000 of these suburban homes were built in total, featuring walls of glass, seamless connection to the outdoors, and open and airy interiors.

Architects such as Claude Oakland and A. Quincy Jones came up with the individual design plans for these homes and their planned communities, which proved wildly popular.

Small in size but big on innovation and style, the homes are now much appreciated by the design-conscious.

Because Eichlers are in limited supply, their price has risen sharply in the past decade. Many have gone through renovations and expansions since they were built, but plenty of them retain their characteristically appealing features.

“Owning an Eichler is owning a piece of California’s rich midcentury modern history,” says listing agent Victoria George of the Marin Home Team, who represents a remodeled Eichler home in San Rafael, CA. 

“The open-concept floor plan is a timeless design. It’s so popular with today’s buyers, who value light, space, clean lines, and indoor-outdoor flow. Eichlers epitomize the best of the California lifestyle.”

Buyers in the mood for midcentury classics should take a look at these seven Eichler homes. See if you can pick a winner…

8010 Shay Dr, Oakland, CA

Price: $1,550,000

Eichler edge: This remodeled home has been completely transformed, while adhering to midcentury period details throughout. The layout includes a light-filled atrium and a double-gable design by A. Quincy Jones.

The home is part of Oakland’s “lost Eichler” neighborhood. Only about 50 were designed in the housing tract, and few come on the market each year.

The large layout includes a spacious great room and four bedrooms, within 2,421 square feet.

The updated kitchen comes with quartz counters. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and full bathroom.

An additional bedroom and garage have been converted into a sunken lounge with a wet bar. Other features include concrete floors and skylights, and walls of glass overlooking the pool.

Oakland, CA
Oakland, CAOpen Homes Photography

5787 Highwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA

Price: $1,350,000

Eichler edge: Located in Castro Valley’s Greenridge neighborhood, this double-A model designed by A. Quincy Jones features a signature great room next to a massive open-air atrium.

If the owner wants to let the sunshine in, the retractable roof slides open. Original elements include mahogany paneling, globe lights, and unpainted doors and hardware. Outside, find multiple patio areas and a gas-heated pool.

Castro Valley, CA
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710 Penny Royal Lane, San Rafael, CA 

Price: $1,895,000

Eichler edge: Expanded and updated, this four-bedroom home has been renovated with “no expense spared” and with Eichler’s vision in mind.

The updated kitchen with quartz counters and Gaggenau appliances includes a large island with seating.

The master suite includes walls of windows and doors, a walk-in closet, and a master bathroom with marble counters and a rain shower.

Outdoors, the private corner lot offers fruit trees, a lawn, as well as new landscaping and irrigation.

Remodeled in San Rafael, CA
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5101 E. Elsinore Ave, Orange, CA

Price: $1,295,000

Eichler edge: Built in 1964, this A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons design is blled as the “quintessential Eichler floor plan.”

Walls of glass center on an atrium, and the original mahogany walls have been restored. The living room, which has a fireplace and beamed ceiling, has a view of the pool.

A revamped master bedroom features a private bathroom and a huge walk-in closet with a dressing area. Updates include a new roof and new flooring and siding. Outside, there’s a pool with fountains, patio, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Orange, CA

15 Stoney Point Pl, San Mateo, CA 

Price: $2,089,000

Eichler edge: Built in 1957, this Eichler in the Highlands neighborhood has been remodeled from top to bottom.

The bright and airy three-bedroom home comes with large windows and a spacious lot.

Inside, the updated interior includes a new kitchen, new baths, and new flooring. Other improvements include new heating and cooling systems, electrical, and a new roof and insulation.

Clearly, this turn-key home is a winner. On the market for just a week, it’s already gone into pending sale status.

San Mateo, CA
San Mateo, CA

1129 Idylberry Rd, San Rafael, CA

Price: $1,650,000

Eichler edge: Thoughtfully updated, this Eichler from 1966 has a distinctive design around an open-air atrium. The glass walls give ample access to the natural beauty of Marin County.

The kitchen has new appliances and opens out to the dining area. Other perks include in-floor radiant heating system, Nest system, and a two-car garage. Best of all, the lovely landscaped backyard has plenty of room for hosting parties or playdates.

Atrium Eichler in San Rafael
Atrium Eichler in San

1138 Strawberry Ct, Sunnyvale, CA 

Price: $1,998,000

Eichler edge: Built in 1959, this flat-roofed four-bedroom is ideal for indoor-outdoor living.

Located on a cul-de-sac in a popular neighborhood, it has a large yard with lemon, lime, and kumquat trees, and tons of room to entertain and garden.

This place must have wowed buyers. After less than a week on the market, it went into pending sale status.

Sunnyvale, CA

Claudine Zap writes about a wide array of topics, including home, entertainment, travel, food, art, and culture. Follow @zapkidd