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Step into iconic Oakland home in ‘land of the lost Eichlers’ selling for $1.6 million


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In the “land of the lost Eichlers,” in Oakland, California, this mid-century modern home is for sale in Sequoyah Hills neighborhood for $1.595 million

In a small, quiet Oakland neighborhood known as “land of the lost Eichlers,” an iconic mid-century modern home has hit the market for $1.595 million.

The four-bedroom, two-bath Eichler spans 2,121 square feet in the Sequoyah Hills community, a tract where some 48 Eichler residences were built.. Many of the homes stand in pristine shape, according to Dwell.

“Modern updates blend seamlessly with the existing architectural elements that have made this one of the most desired models of this era,” according to the property website. Click here to view the listing.

Joseph Eichler built over 11,000 houses around the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He’s credited with bringing modern homes to the masses in the 1950s and ‘60s. Eichlers are recognizable by their glass walls, open floor plans, post-and-beam construction, small windows facing the street and large windows facing the backyard area, center courtyards and roofed atriums.

Reflecting the Eichler vision, the twin gable house at 8021 Shay Drive was designed by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons. It was built in 1965.

The Shay Drive home is entered through a landscaped atrium. A grand living area offers up soaring open-beam ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling brick wood-burning fireplace “surrounded by shimmering walls of glass; all showcasing a stunning city view, gleaming pool, hot tub and garden,” according to the listing.

The eat-in chef’s kitchen has been updated, and opens to the dining and family room.

“This one is special,” listing agent Glennie Kramer-Baker of Compass told SFGate. “It’s rare to find all these features in one property. I think people will fall in love with the opportunity to live that California-cool lifestyle we all dream of.” Click here to read more via

The house sold in 2005 for $925,000, according to public record. Click here to visit