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February 2014

Found 8 blog entries for February 2014.

Fifty-two years ago, in 1962, Joseph Eichler did something unexpected.  He returned to his East Coast roots and purchased 140 wooded acres in Rockland County, New York, just 45 minutes north of New York City, with the intention of developing a 216-home subdivision of modernistic homes.  Although the project was not successful, the three homes he did build are legendary as they are the only real Eichler homes ever built outside of California.

The three New York Eichler homes are located in Chestnut Ridge, a small village located within the larger city of Ramapo.  The three homes were designed by two of Eichler’s top firms, Claude Oakland & Associates and Jones & Emmons.  Two of the New York Eichlers have atriums and the third is a courtyard design.  All

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It seems like when it comes to Eichlers, there is no middle ground.  People either love them or hate them.  Me?  Well, obviously I’m an Eichler lover.  I love the openness of them.  I love the floor to ceiling windows that blur the edges between outside and in.  I love the clean, simple lines.  And I love the radiant floor heating that greets my bare feet on chilly mornings.

Much as I love Eichlers, though, I can’t ignore the haters.  They claim that Eichlers are over-hyped.  They point out that most Eichlers were mass-produced.  They don’t like the windowless facades that face the street.  They say that Eichlers, in their original incarnation, are not energy efficient; that they’re poorly insulated, lack attic and crawl space, and that the electrical

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If you are looking for a Mid-Century Modern field trip, might I suggest heading to Sacramento and taking a look at the fine collection of Eichler and Streng homes that the area has to offer?

Sacramento was Joseph Eichler’s first venture outside of the Bay Area. Built in the mid-1950s, South Land Park Hills was originally slated to be a neighborhood of 143 Eichler homes, although only 62 were actually built.  The Sacramento Eichlers can be found on South Land Park Drive, Fordham Way, and Oakridge Way.  Ironically, there are no Eichlers to be found on nearby Eichler Street!

It would be a pity to take the drive to the Capital City and not check out some of the other Mid-Century Modern homes that Sacramento has to offer.  Eichler wasn’t the only

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As I was browsing through a magazine the other day, a small article about a mid-century pottery company caught my eye.  What initially gained my interest, however, wasn’t the product – but the location of the factory.  The Bauer Pottery Company of Los Angeles is located in Highland, California – just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from where I spent many happy childhood summers visiting my grandparents.

Dating back to 1885, the original J.A. Bauer Pottery Company had its beginnings in Kentucky.  It relocated to Los Angeles in 1909 and produced tableware, vases, flowerpots, and planters until its closure in the early 1960s.  Among its products was California Colored Pottery, a line of vibrant dinnerware that gained tremendous popularity in the mid-1900s.  After

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  If you are wondering what kind of gift to get your Mid-Century sweetie, I’ve got some great suggestions for you.

I love this miniature heart-shaped chair designed by Verner Panton.

Available through MoMA.



Let Valentine’s Day last year round with these love notes from Anthropologie.


His and Hers Old Fashioned glasses are perfect for that evening cocktail.

Available at Nordstroms


Oreos were a Mid-Century favorite.  Put a modern twist on them with this treat from Shari’s Berries


For the chocolate lover in your life couple a love note with a beautifully wrapped bottle made of milk chocolate.


And what could be more wildly extravagant than a personalized

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Modernism is hitting Palm Springs hard this week, making it a hotbed of Mid-Century activity.  Palm Springs’ annual Modernism Week celebration kicks off Thursday (Feb. 13) with the after-dark Modern Mambo dance extravaganza in the Caliente Tropics Hotel (c. 1964) and continues through Sunday, February 23.

Events for Modernism Week will include the Palm Springs Fine Arts Fair, which features national and international artists and works of art; a self-drive Desert Contemporary Home Tour; walking tours; bus tours; films and lectures; jazzy parties; and lots of shopping.

Palm Springs is the epicenter of Mid-Century Modern architecture and Desert Modernism lifestyle.  In 2006 it earned a spot on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of

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I didn’t know that Ray Eames was a woman!  As the ‘better half’ of the Eames collaboration, she and her husband Charles created many iconic designs of the 20th Century.  Although Charles originally worked as an architect and Ray was a designer and filmmaker, the Eames are probably best known for their contribution to modern furniture design.  I think we are all familiar with the celebrated Eames chairs.

The Ray Eames exhibition, which has been running in Sacramento since February 2013, celebrates the life and work of this amazing Sacramento native and features over 100 original works and artifacts from Eames Office and the Eames family collections.  As one of the 20th Century’s most significant artists, Ray Eames contributed not only to the world of

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I was excited to see all the Bay Area Eichler listings that we have on our website were spotlighted on Curbed National.  It is reassuring to know that we’re doing our job and getting those listings out to you in a timely manner!

Seeing there are only 16 Eichlers in all of California that are for sale right now (actually, make that 14, since two of the Bay Area Eichlers featured on Curbed are in contract) illustrates the concept of supply and demand: High popularity + Limited supply = Strong pricing.  That being said, there are some well-priced Eichler homes out there.  Take a look at our San Rafael listing that comes complete with a pool – and a recently reduced price point!

I’m excited that we have five, count ‘em 5, Eichler listings coming up;

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