There is something special about this property, something more than what meets the eye as you pass by. Beyond the sharp geometric lines, vast natural lighting and beautiful surrounding landscape, is a property with a very rich history. A home that is, quite literally, a piece of Modernist architectural history: it is the home of Joseph Eichler, one of the most influential real estate developers of California.
Joseph Eichler, in association with his company Eichler Homes, was responsible for building more than 11,000 homes between 1950 and 1974 in nine communities in Northern California and three communities in Southern California. These homes became known as Eichlers, or an Eichler. These homes drove Eichler to the top of the list of some of the nation’s most influential builders of modern homes during this period. It is only fitting that his home, this property in San Mateo, is where the largest contiguous development of Eichler Homes is located. Located in what is known as ‘The Highlands’, they were built between 1956 and 1964.
Eichler homes are synonomous with the term “California Modern;” a branch of Modernist architecture. The distinctiveness is found in features like glass walls, post-and-beam construction, and open floorplans. Exteriors of these homes feature a flat and/or low-sloping A-framed roofs, vertical two-inch pattern wood siding, and spartan facades with clean geometric lines. Most notably, about this property and of Eichler homes, is his signature concept of “Bringing the Outside In.” Achieved with skylights and expansive glass windows with glass transoms looking out on to protected and private outdoor rooms, patios, atriums, gardens, and swimming pools, occupants can marvel in the beauty of the surrounding landscape from within their warmly kept homes. In modern culture, Steve Jobs credited living in an Eichler Home when growing up, and that it was a main inspiration for his aesthetic approach of a sensibile modernist style.
Eichler’s former home, at 1145 Barroilhet Drive, is a beautiful reminder of his philosophy and its symbolic representation of an entire chapter in Modernist architectural designs. Sitting at approximately 5,100 square-feet, the property features all of Eichler’s signature architectural designs including expansive windows, and a magnificent living room with a broad skylight allowing guests to take in the majesty of the outdoors. The Eichler home is being represented by Gina Haggarty and can be found at CaliforniaMoves.com.
Northern California Eichler Homes are predominantly in San Francisco, Marin County, Sacramento, the East Bay towns of Walnut Creek, Concord, Oakland, Castro Valley, and the San Francisco Peninsula towns of San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and San Jose. The Southern California Eichler Homes developments are in Thousand Oaks,Granada Hills, and Orange.