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One of the truly great things about living in an Eichler neighborhood is the sense of community we find in so many of them. Easter egg hunts and pancake breakfasts, holiday tree lighting and cookie decorating parties, community BBQs and luaus, neighborhood-wide garage sales, wine-tasting celebrations, and outdoor music events happen year round in Eichler communities, creating fun and memories for residents young and old.

One such celebration is the 4th of July blowout hosted by Palo Alto’s Greenmeadow Eichler neighborhood. This year the public is invited and rumor has it that the mayor will be there as well. The day kicks off with a kids’ triathlon and continues with 1K and 5K footraces. Events will also include a parade, field events, and

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We have become a lot more energy and conservation aware since Joseph Eichler began building his homes. Eichlers were built during an era when cars were big, energy was cheap, and worrying about our carbon footprint was a thing of the future. Most Mid-Century homes, including Eichlers, weren’t stellar examples of energy efficiency. Today, as Eichler homeowners are renovating their homes and bringing the Mid-Century aesthetic into the 21st Century, a major concern has become creating a comfort level inside that maintains environmental conscientiousness.

With that in mind, I want to take a minute to share a very timely article I found on the Eichler Network website. Dan Smith contacted two South Bay contractors who are experienced in in upgrading

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 27, 2015 when the American Institute of Architects, Orange County will host the 2015 Eichler Home Tour. The five featured homes are on a mile-long route in the Fairhaven neighborhood in the city of Orange. I don’t think it gets more convenient than that! Park once, then stroll through the neighborhood as you visit these iconic MCM homes.

The hours for the tour are a bit nontraditional. The event begins at 5 pm and extends through 8:30 pm, with an after tour reception for AIA members at 8 pm. Tickets for the tour are $25 for AIA members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for the reception.

Not part of the tour, but open to all participants is a pre-event Happy Hour, hosted by Eichler SoCal and Better Living SoCal.

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Recently I’ve discussed how to choose a great agent if you are selling your Eichler. But what if you are interested in purchasing an Eichler? Basically, as in selling a home, a good realtor is an important first step when you are looking for any home. Finding a knowledgeable agent is particularly important if you have your heart set on buying an Eichler. Eichler real estate is a specialized market; and your agent should know the local real estate market, understand Eichler homes – both the good and the bad – and be able to notify you immediately when an Eichler that looks promising is put up for sale (or, better yet –be aware of advance listings, which might help you get a jump on a particularly appealing home).

In choosing a buyer’s agent, you can

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One of the first decisions you need to make when you’ve decided to sell your Eichler is who your listing agent will be. Earlier this week, I offered some tips on finding some good prospects. Once you’ve narrowed the field and set up interviews with realtors for listing presentations on the sale of your Eichler home, you’ll want to be sure you’ve done your homework and are prepared with some key discussion points. To get you started, I’ve prepared a list of some of the questions I am frequently asked.

  • How much should I ask for my Eichler? Pricing is at the front of most sellers’ minds. Setting a realistic price from the start is key. You want to get a fair price for your home and a knowledgeable agent will arrive at the listing presentation
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Whether you are planning to sell your Eichler now or sometime in the future, one of your first and most important decisions will be who you choose to represent you as the seller. An experienced listing agent can offer you “soup to nuts” representation and guide you through the process from setting a realistic price for your Eichler through closing the deal once an offer has been accepted.

I, as an Eichler specialist, encourage you to use due diligence when you are looking for a realtor to help you sell your home. Ask around and look for referrals from friends, neighbors, and relatives. And don’t forget to check the Internet. A good Eichler realtor is likely to have a strong Internet presence. Once you’ve narrowed the field down to 3 or 4

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We are right smack dab in the middle of San Francisco Design Week, which is an absolutely fabulous event for any Bay Area resident who has even the faintest interest in design. Billed as “an exhibition & sale of modern design”, SFDW is opened to everyone, trade and public.

With a full roster of 75+ events, the design event offers the opportunity to meet some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most innovative design professionals, connect with entrepreneurs, and see what local businesses have to offer – from high tech design to every day household items.

I’m thinking that one of the most interesting looking events is the two-night Studio Tours event which includes an “open house” at a variety of design and architecture studios, shops, and galleries

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We Eichler homeowners love the walls-of-glass that bring light and openness into our homes. We don’t love them quite as much, however, when a 2-story house moves in next door and the neighbors are provided with a direct view into our private living spaces! In Palo Alto, Eichler homeowners have decided enough is enough and are doing something about it. In an effort to maintain the integrity of their neighborhoods, homeowners have asked the city to establish/revise zoning ordinances pertaining to the scale of homes in the area.

The controversy centers around remodel, renovation, and complete teardown/rebuild projects which create homes that are not within the character of the existing neighborhood – and (in particular) two story homes that compromise the

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Is it just me, or is Dwell on Design LA offering some especially fun events this year? While I always have my eye on what DODLA has to offer, I think they’ve outdone themselves this year.

First of all, of course I love that they will be featuring Stephen Eichler (grandson of Joseph Eichler) in a special look at Eichler And The Future Of Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Eichler’s got an interesting perspective on Eichler homes – and on his grandfather. This event is likely to be high on many SoCal Eichler owners’ bucket lists; and if you are a Northern CA Eichler aficionado and looking for a mini getaway, I don’t think a trip to LA to take in this event would be a waste of time!

Another event that caught my eye is a slide show that will be

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Want to jazz up your landscape; give your home a unique touch; or find out how to “go green”? This weekend will bring just about all you can imagine for home and garden improvement to the Marin Fairgrounds when the annual Marin Home and Garden Show gets underway.

Hundreds of exhibits presenting the latest products for your home and garden are just part of what is slated for this fun and informative Expo. Free workshops, cooking demos, renovation tips from celebrity experts, tricks-of-the-trade from professional designers, as well as food, entertainment, and kid-friendly activities are all included in this entertaining (and educational!) weekend event.

If renovating your home is anywhere on your horizon, I’m sure you’ll find motivation at the

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