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Shorter days and cooler weather don’t mean the end of gardening season.  Autumn is a great time to refresh your landscape, put a little pep in your yard, and get ready for next spring.

A quick and easy way to punch up your fall landscape is to add the colors of autumn to containers.  They are easy to put together and add seasonal interest to a yard that has become a little tired after giving its all throughout the spring and summer.  Some great cool-season container plantings include Bergenia, whose leaves turn a glossy red or bronze in the fall, calendula and pansies, which in a mild climate can offer color throughout the winter, and the always-reliable aster.  If you are looking for fall color in your permanent landscape, autumn is the perfect time

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San Francisco’s eleventh annual Architecture and the City month is about to begin and, as always, it promises to be an amazing celebration of all things architectural.  This year’s theme, Home: My San Francisco, will explore how architecture and design factor into a modern interpretation of home.

What I’m particularly lovin’ about this year’s celebration is that it includes the kids.  Of course there are the events that we grown ups would enjoy - including films (and the lineup looks like fun), professional lectures, and all sorts of tours that take participants to just about every nook and cranny of the City; but it’s the programs for children that pique my interest.

As part of Architecture and the City month, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is

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Although Hillsborough might get credit for being the place where Joseph Eichler found his inspiration (Eichler’s story indicates that he was very much influenced by his experience living in the Bazett House), Hillsborough is still very low key in the Eichler world.  The Eichler homes in Hillsborough are few and far between and are mostly custom homes built in the mid-1960s and early ‘70s.  The scarcity of Eichlers makes it all the more exciting that one has recently hit the real estate market.

Listed for a whopping $3.498 M, the Hillsborough Eichler for sale, located at 410 Eucalyptus Avenue, is a rare find and won’t stay on the market for long.  Designed by Claude Oakland, the home is a custom Eichler featuring a dramatic A-frame design with a

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I seem to be on a Blu Homes kick all of a sudden.  Last week I offered a heads-up on the newest member of the Blu prefab family, the Eichler-inspired 2014 Breeze Aire.  I started thinking about it, and I’m sure there are some skeptics out there who, when they hear the term prefab or modular, conjure up images of the old doublewides. I think Blu Homes has a few surprises for the doubters.  Although the homes are factory built, they are precision made and custom fit to each property.  They feature very contemporary design and state-of-the-art building practices.

Still skeptical?  Or do you think you might be interested, but don’t want to commit?  Join Blu Homes for a design event at the San Francisco Marriott Union Square this Wednesday, August 20,

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The 2014 Breeze Aire, Blu Homes’ newest addition to the world of contemporary prefab homes was inspired by our own favorite real estate developer, Joseph Eichler.  Reimagining Eichler’s vision, the 2014 Breeze Aire is designed around a Breezespace and features an open plan with high ceilings, clerestory windows, and sliding doors that borrow a page from Eichler's book in blurring the boundaries between outside and in.

The Breeze Aire brings the family-friendly, easy-going California style of a traditional Eichler into the 21st Century.  Using modern building technology, the Breeze Aire is built green and healthy.  It is LEED silver certifiable, energy efficient, and puts mold and allergens at bay with a climate-controlled environment and hardwood

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Attention East Bay Eichler enthusiasts, if you are thinking about purchasing an Eichler home in the East Bay, mark your calendar for Sunday, August 17, 2014 when  East Bay Modern Real Estate will be sponsoring a free workshop covering all aspects of buying an Eichler in the East Bay.

Hosted by Ken Fox, a member of the East Bay Modern team, the event will include:

  • Information on all the Eichler neighborhoods in the East Bay.
  • How to make an offer that will stand out in a competitive market.
  • Options for financing your purchase.
  • What to expect in the purchase process, from home inspections to closing the deal.
  • Tips for living the Eichler lifestyle in your new Eichler home.

The East Bay Eichler Home Buying Workshop will be held on

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While it isn’t something that any of us want to think will happen, emergencies and natural disasters occur, and we need to be prepared – just in case.  If you’ve created a defensible space around your home; braced water heaters; installed safety glass – or safety film – on the windows; secured tall or heavy pieces of furniture to the walls; and know where the shutoff valves are for your utilities, you’ve made a great start; but, if you haven’t created a plan for your family you aren’t quite finished.

What would you do if a fire, earthquake, or other disaster made it necessary for you to leave your home for a safer location?  It is important to have a family plan that includes exits from your home (in case of fire); meeting places (both in your

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If you are looking for inspiration for what you can do to renovate or remodel your own home, this year’s AIA East Bay Home Tour just may be exactly what you need.  With a total of six stunning homes, the tour offers a mix of the old and the new – with several of the homes belonging to the architects or designers who created them.

Included in the tour is a Mid-Century Modern home that was originally designed by Roger Lee, an architect who shared Joseph Eichler’s affinity for the California Modern style of open floor plans and indoor/outdoor style.  Revitalized by architect Joanne Koch, AIA the home has been updated while maintaining the integrity of the original design.  Other remodels on the tour include a circa 1930 cabin that has been thoughtfully

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Last winter I made a few observations on the issue of Preserving Mid-Century Architecture, which seems to be an increasingly touchy subject as the needs of 21st Century lifestyles make an effort to merge with the renewed popularity of Mid-Century design and architecture.  Most recently, two Eichler homes in Palo Alto have become the subject of controversy as their owners, the neighbors, and the city of Palo Alto strive to find a middle ground for renovation/rebuilding that will keep everyone happy.  At the heart of the matter are two single-story homes that are longing to become 2-story homes, and it seems that just about everybody has an opinion on what the “right” answer is.

The homes in question are in roughly the same neighborhood (Palo Verde)

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Los Angeles is getting its first ever Sunset Idea House!  There have been so many up here in NorCal that it seems it is about time for our friends in LA to get one of their own.  Last year, Sunset ventured to Washington, but most of Sunset’s Idea Houses have been within a relatively easy drive of the Bay Area.  Sunset created the eco-glam green Idea House in San Francisco, a chic Sierra retreat near Lake Tahoe, and a Gold Country get-away in El Dorado Hills – not to mention the upscale barn-style Idea House in Monterey Bay and the Breezehouse in Healdsburg (which, BTW, happens to be one of my favorites).

This year’s Idea House is a 4500 square-foot home in Manhattan Beach.  Just minutes from the seashore, the 2014 Idea House will redefine what beach

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