Oakland double A-frame Eichler asks $1.55M, and I say yes
April 30, 2020
I like Eichler
Say what you will about midcentury-modern saturation—because I sure have—but the Eichler remains timeless for its clean lines and exposed beams. I’ve got my eye on this double A-frame, a rare find in the assortment of flat or minimally sloped roofs that crown most Eichlers in the Bay Area.
Spread out across 2,421 square feet, 8010 Shay Drive features four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The circa-1965 house comes with all of the period details that make Eichlers still so alluring: soaring ceilings, massive windows, globe lighting, and an open-floor plan.
What makes this one stand out compared to other Eichlers is its double gabled construction, an uncommon treat for fans of the iconic developer. Designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, this home comes two high-pitched roofs, which form an atrium that starts in a courtyard entrance and runs to the back of the living room highlighted by glass walls and a soaring brick fireplace (painted white; shield your eyes, purists).
This specimen also has no posts or horizontal beam in the grand room, making it even more open and airy.
Note that it’s also been remodeled recently from what it used it look like in 2017. The kitchen and bathrooms all benefitted from a renovation that didn’t bruise the home’s integrity. The custom wet bar, sunken lounge area, floating steel fireplace have all been touched up. And although some midcentuy aficionados may smirk at the removal of the home’s original cork flooring (found in all original Eichlers), the polished concrete is downright delightful
There’s also a kidney-shaped pool. Why not?