Last updated August, 2006.
Our house is a so-called "Eichler home". Joe Eichler was a developer who, between 1949 and 1974, built a lot of houses. Most were built in the San Francisco Bay Area, but some others can be found in Southern California and Sacramento. Although Eichler hired architects to design his houses, the Eichler homes were meant for the middle class. They were not expensive at the time, and forfilled the housing need for the growing population of Northern and Southern California in the 60ies.
Eichler built his homes in "tracts", neighborhoods consisting of tens to hundreds of homes, in a limited number of floorplans. But since floorplans were also used in the "flipped" orientation, and houses were painted in different colors, these tracts look a lot more variable than some modern developments!
OK, let's be honest: Eichlers do not look very inviting from the curb. From the street, you will only see garages, and an uninviting front door. But their real beauty lies inside. The back wall is made almost completely out of glass. It is one big window, from floor to ceiling, letting in a lot of light. Other characteristic features are the exposed beams, flat or low-pitched roofs, grooved siding, open floorplan, and mahagony panelling.
Most Eichlers (but not all) will have an atrium, an outside area around which most of the house is built, again with large glass windows. Because you can look through the atrium, it is very confusing at first to know what is inside and what is outside. But it creates a wonderful fealing of airiness.
Here are some pictures, because it is hard to describe what makes an Eichler home so unique. Most of these pictures were taken in the 60ies, by Ernie Braun. I hope you are as excited as I was the first time I walked into an Eichler home.
Now that you are more familiar with Eichler homes, I hope that you understand why we bought one. I will be happy to show you around in our house.
General Eichler Links
- Eichler Network, an excellent startpoint for all things Eichler. Has good background information, and is a source of knowledge for all new and old Eichler home owners. Do not miss the Chatterbox Lounge!
- Mike's Eichler Map Page, pretty cool page which shows the main Eichler developments overlaid on Google and satellite maps.
- Eichler City, made by John Fyten, a good overview of everything Eichler, with excellent linksto even more sites
- EichlerSoCal, site dedicated on the Eichler homes in Southern California.
Commercial Eichler Links
Buying, selling, updating Eichlers......
Back to Our Eichler Home.
Back to Elies Bik's home page.
- Loni Nagwani, a realtor specializing in Eichler Homes, who even lives in one!
- Nil Erdal, Broker Associate, who specializes in Eichler homes
- Cynthia Berg, again an Eichler specialist realtor living in one
- Eichlers For Sale, a guide to buying, selling, and owning an Eichler home. Focusses on San Francisco and Marin County.
- Eichler Homes Realty, site of Jerry Ditto, Broker/Owner, and co-author of the book "Eichler Homes - Design for Living"