Eichler Blog

I'm excited to present my newest Eichler listing!  773 Del Ganado Road is located in San Rafael's popular Terra Linda North Eichler neighborhood and will be opened this weekend!

This light-filled, 3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Eichler home features:

  • New Flooring (hardwood and carpeted bedrooms)
  • Energy-efficient foam roof & dual pane windows 
  • New stainless steel kitchen appliances
  • Updated bathrooms
  • Ample yard space offering privacy as well as ample room for relaxing and entertaining
  • 2 car garage parking
  • Convenient location offering excellent proximity to shopping, top-rated schools and public transportation

Offered for sale at $800,000, I will personally be hosting the first public open house this weekend for 773 Del Ganado

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Word on the street is that the brand new, 21st Century Desert Eichler home is no longer for sale.  Apparently it sold the day before the Eichler Day festivities for its full asking price of $1.29 M.

With 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and 2529 square feet, the Desert Eichler is an authentic Claude Oakland designed atrium Eichler, updated by developer Troy Kudlac to accommodate 21st Century sensibilities.  In keeping with the Eichler spirit, the new Eichler features an atrium, post-and-beam design, free flowing open spaces, and large windows that keep the indoor/outdoor lifestyle intact.  21st Century modernization includes pre-wiring for modern technology, dual pane windows, central cooling and heat, a pool, and a detached guest casita.

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Today Palm Springs is officially putting a 21st Century addition into its Mid-Century inventory when the world’s first Desert Eichler makes its debut, and the Eichler tradition will officially become a part of the Palm Springs scene.

As part of the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week, Eichler Day features a tour of the newly build Desert Eichler, panel discussions, and the Mad Men Mixer complete with Mid-Century cocktails and hors d’oeuvres that would have made my grandmother proud!

Cheers to the 21st Century’s first Desert Eichler!
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Wow!  You gotta love the style that a young Las Vegas homebuilder is bringing to Sin City.  It may not be MCM, but it is stylish, extremely contemporary, and very upscale.  Tyler Jones, of Blue Heron luxury homebuilders, has created a style he refers to as Vegas Modern.

Just as Joseph Eichler was a key figure in developing the California Modern lifestyle, Tyler Jones is focused on “desert contemporary”.  Like Joseph Eichler, Jones is creating communities of fashionable modern homes; and, like Eichler, Jones’ homes feature open floor plans, the latest building technology, and the melding of indoor/outdoor living.

Jones’ company, Blue Heron, has been selected several times to design and build homes for the National Association of Home Builders’s New

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If you are looking for something special to do with your Valentine this year and are tired of the usual flowers, chocolates and wining and dining, check out the new exhibit at the California Auto Museum in Sacramento.

The new show, Flash & Flair: The Atomic 50s and 60s, promises to be a Mid-Century auto buff’s dream display.  Some of us may be a bit too young to remember the iconic automobile fins of the 1950s and early ‘60s, but they were a prominent feature of autos back in the day.  First seen on Caddies, the fins (and their accompanying chrome and color) were flashy and fun, epitomizing the optimism and spirit of the era.  GM, Chrysler, and other car manufacturers vied to have the biggest, best, and most stylish fins with upright, curved,

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It seems that Palm Springs has been on my mind lately.  Maybe it is Mid-Century Modern in the playground of the stars envy.  Or maybe it is time for a little vacation to soak up the sun, hang out in Frank Sinatra’s neighborhood, and party Mad Men style.  Palm Springs Modernism Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary – and I’d love to be there!

Even though, much as I’d love to be there, Palm Springs Modernism Week isn’t on my calendar this year, I can still live vicariously – and do the grand tour when I do make down to SoCal by downloading the new Palm Springs Modern App.  I kid you not.  There’s an app offering a self-guided auto tour of 80+ Mid-Century landmarks in Palm Springs, profiles of some of the key players in the architecture of the area,

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February has rolled around once again – and with it comes the much-touted Palm Springs Modernism Week.  What is it that sets Palm Springs apart from other Mid-Century laden destinations (like, maybe, our wonderful Eichler neighborhoods…), attracting MCM enthusiasts from all over the world to its weeklong celebration of design and architecture?

Stepping into Palm Springs is like taking a step back in time.  It probably has more MCM homes and buildings per capita than just about anywhere.  Back in the day, it was playground for the Rat Pack and Hollywood’s A-listers; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Elvis – to name a very few.  Today Palm Springs still maintains that Tinseltown allure.

The sleek,

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I’ve got to ask the question.  When is an Eichler not an Eichler?  Technically, I guess I’ve always assumed that only a home built by Mid-Century developer Joseph Eichler could call itself an Eichler.  So…  What should we call the new home that has just been built and is up for sale in SoCal?

Tagged as a Desert Eichler Home, the home at 800 E Bogert Trail is being constructed using a licensed Claude Oakland/Joseph Eichler floor plan.  This new, 21st Century, A-Frame Eichler comes complete with an atrium – and certainly bears a great resemblance to an original Eichler.  It features post-and-beam construction, walnut paneling, expansive windows, open design, and the aforementioned atrium.  What has changed are the amenities.  The “new” Eichler has been

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With Super Bowl XLIX just a week away, it’s time to plan that Super Bowl Party, MCM style.  Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, Jello molds, cheese filled celery sticks, and tuna casserole ruled the culinary scene.  While I think I’ll pass on those, there are plenty of other party ideas that can channel the Mid-Century vibe and make your Super Bowl party an event to remember.

Back in the day, the bar cart was an integral part of any party.  If beer is the centerpiece of your party drinks, replace the cocktail shaker with a couple of extra ice buckets and keep them stocked with a variety of beers (and maybe a couple of non-alcoholic drinks as well).  Be sure to keep a couple of bottle openers handy.

Even with my 21st century palate, I still find some of

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Do you love to take photos?  Like to write? Want to make a little money?  Live in a uniquely interesting home or know someone who does?  Are you the kind of person that enjoys design and would love to meet like-minded folks?   If any (or all) of the aforementioned are true, Houzz.com might be looking for you. Houzz has just put the word out that they are looking for contributors to their online design community’s My Houzz series.

Houzz is looking for ideas from all over the country, with all sorts of budgets and sensibilities.  Contributors are responsible for finding homes to feature, so put on your thinking cap and make a plan.  Once you have the juices flowing, email Houzz with the following info:

  • Your contact information
  • Brief essay (300
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