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One of Oakland’s only Eichlers gets retro-modern makeover

Anna Marie Erwert May 3, 2020 Updated: May 4, 2020 11:24 a.m.

With a $1.55 million price tag and the rare honor of being among Oakland’s very few Eichlers, this Quincy A. Jones designed double gabled mid-century still feels mid-century, but has updates that make it as much 2020 as it is 1965.

Pre-rehab, 8010 Shay Drive sold for $1.05 million in 2017, and in fact, we covered it then in all its time-capsule glory. It’s for sale again in the “Lost Eichler” neighborhood of Sequoyah Hills, the only Oakland neighborhood where homes like these exist.

The Jones/Eichler magic starts on the curb, where the double-gabled angular drama is still in full effect.
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The Jones/Eichler magic starts on the curb, where the double-gabled angular drama is still in full effect.
Many Eichlers are built around courtyards or atriums, and this one is no different, with separate wings of the house facing this central open space though glass walls.
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Many Eichlers are built around courtyards or atriums, and this one is no different, with separate wings of the house facing this central open space though glass walls.
The living room is mid-century and contemporary: those angles and beamed ceilings meet lighter colored walls and floors, creating light in the space. Note that there are no posts or horizontal beams in the middle of the
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The living room is mid-century and contemporary: those angles and beamed ceilings meet lighter colored walls and floors, creating light in the space. Note that there are no posts or horizontal beams in the middle of the “grand room” making it an unusually clean design for a double-gable layout.
The hearth seems almost to float in the
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The hearth seems almost to float in the “grand room,” with view of the pool outside.
Only a thin sliver of glass separates the inside from the outside, a seamlessness that is a hallmark of mid-century and Eichler designs.
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Only a thin sliver of glass separates the inside from the outside, a seamlessness that is a hallmark of mid-century and Eichler designs.
An informal dining nook faces the atrium.
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An informal dining nook faces the atrium.
The formal dining room is retro magic, from the paneled walls and ceiling to the golden globular light fixtures.
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The formal dining room is retro magic, from the paneled walls and ceiling to the golden globular light fixtures.
With a mid-century vibe, the kitchen is of today's century: quartz countertops, Columbia walnut and white custom cabinets, and the latest in KitchenAid appliances.
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With a mid-century vibe, the kitchen is of today’s century: quartz countertops, Columbia walnut and white custom cabinets, and the latest in KitchenAid appliances.
Unlike many 1960s homes, the kitchen here is totally open, flowing from one room to the next and from inside to outside.
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Unlike many 1960s homes, the kitchen here is totally open, flowing from one room to the next and from inside to outside.
There are four bedrooms and two full baths on a single level with 2,421 square feet of living space.
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There are four bedrooms and two full baths on a single level with 2,421 square feet of living space.
The second of four bedrooms.
Open Homes PhotographyThe second of four bedrooms.
The property was originally built as a five-bedroom home. One bedroom and the garage have since been converted into an entertainment space with custom wet bar, sunken lounge area with built-in seating, a floating steel fireplace and period lighting throughout.
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The property was originally built as a five-bedroom home. One bedroom and the garage have since been converted into an entertainment space with custom wet bar, sunken lounge area with built-in seating, a floating steel fireplace and period lighting throughout.
Here is your sunken lounge. All that is missing is the cast of Mad Men.
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Here is your sunken lounge. All that is missing is the cast of Mad Men.
Step out to the yard, patio and pool.
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Step out to the yard, patio and pool.