House Tour

Between 1950 and 1975, Joseph Eichler and his company (Eichler Homes) built over 10,000 homes throughout CaliforniaĞincluding Marin County (Terra Linda and Lucas Valley),Eichler Promotional CardThe East Bay, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Thousand Oaks, and Granada Hills. Eichler, who was a California-based, post-war builder, sold many of his homes for about $12,000. His desire was to create affordable, unique homes, designed to take advantage of California's mild climate. Eichler was also one of the first large developers to disavow racial restrictions in housing developments.

Eichler homes are mid-century modern in style, characterized by a melding of indoor and outdoor living. The designs were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a consulting architect for Eichler Homes and Wright's sensibilities guided the architectural firms chosen to design Eichler's homes. Many Eichler homes have atriums, walls of glass, open beam ceilings, open floor plans, and radiant heat.

The homes have a post and beam design. Thus, ceilings are held up by 4x12 beams, resting on 4x4 posts. Plywood sheathing provides lateral support. The structure is built over a slab foundation on grade (there are no steps in Eichler homes). Because of the method construction, these homes perform very well in earthquakes.

Eichler was a perfectionist, dedicated to thorough community planning, professionalism, and high quality materials in construction. His homes remain icons of contemporary design and functionality. Indeed, the television series CSI films many of its episodes in Eichlers (located in Orange, California) as the homes provide a modern and stylish backdrop.

Our Eichler is a comfortable 3 bedroom 2 bath home located in a quiet neighborhood on the west side of Redwood City between Woodside Road and Atherton. It includes a 2 car garage, washer and dryer, wood stove and fenced back yard.

The house is newly remodeled very much in keeping with the original intent of the Eichler design. The kitchen has custom cabinets and a very efficient design. European style cabinets with dark glass doors and art deco custom lights allow it to blend in the open plan. Marble and bamboo floors throughout most of the house replace the original cork which although a natural product, did not wear well. With large spaces both inside and out this house is a perfect example of Eichler living at its best. The house is designated no smoking, but pets are welcome.

The house includes a new efficient on-demand gas heater, for maximum cost savings.

A one year lease and a two month security deposit is required.

A classic Eichler design on a beautiful corner lot.

As you open the front door you are immediately struck by the simplicity and elegance of the design.

The floor is marble.  The Country brand wood stove with heat blower works great.

The kitchen is the corner of the open space.  Note the custom art deco lights and open beams.

The kitchen is a dream to work in.  Loads of cabinet space and lots of drawers provide amazing amounts of storage space.  Includes dishwasher and trash-compactor, and the microwave over the stove leaves the counter-space clear.  The bay windows provide light and a view.  Rather than marble, the kitchen floor is tile for better durability and slip resistance.

The large covered porch provides additional living space.

The large fenced back yard includes some great fruit trees.

THe middle bedroom has bamboo flooring.

The front bedroom is a little larger than the middle bedroom, also with bamboo flooring.

The timeless design of the front bathroom fits the Eichler design perfectly.

The master suite includes a huge closet.  There are also two hall closets.  No shortage of storage space here.

The master bedroom also has marble floors.

Another view of the master bedroom.  The main area is about 12 x 12.

The master bath is all new with a skylight and marble throughout.