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March 2015

Found 8 blog entries for March 2015.

Spring officially sprang on March 20.  Know in some circles as the vernal equinox, the first day of spring begins the moment the equator passes the center of the sun bringing us a day of equal daylight and dark (thus the word equinox).  In addition to longer days and warmer weather, the arrival of spring reminds us that summer is just around the corner and it’s time to shed our winter ways and get into the spirit of spring!  Take care of these to-dos this weekend and you’ll be ready to sit back and enjoy all the brightness of the season.

  • Get your taxes out of the way.  April 15 is just around the corner.  Don’t wait until the last minute; do it and get it over with.  You’ll feel so much better…
  • Clear winter out of the house.  Clean out the fridge,
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One of the things I love about Eichler subdivisions is the sense of community that is prevalent in so many of them.  Many have swim teams, community events, block parties, and neighborhood garage sales.  Earlier this month I read a blog by Dave Weinstein (The CA Modernist) about a new project in Greenridge, an Eichler development in Castro Valley, that is a perfect example of neighborliness. 

Greenridge has always been a friendly neighborhood, with a Mid-Century sense of community.  Recently, Greenridge joined the Little Free Library association and now sports a community library housed in a mini-Eichler.  By mini, I do mean mini – the little Eichler is not much larger than a mailbox.  Check out the details in Dave Weinstein's blog.  I love the idea. 

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As a fellow Realtor, Eichler enthusiast and neighbor, I was saddened when Catherine Munson passed away just a little over a year ago. Catherine was an integral part of the allure and history of Eichler homes, beginning in the 1950s when, as an Eichler homeowner, Catherine worked as a hostess for the Eichler sales office in Terra Linda.  She continued, throughout her life, to be a tireless champion of Eichler homes and the Eichler lifestyle.

A few days ago, I was walking through the beautiful hills surrounding the Lucas Valley and came across this plaque honoring Catherine Munson. It reads:

The glorious hills of lucas valley

Horizontal afternoon light casts

Across the ridge as the sun sets

Lush green spring grasses soon

Followed by summer’s

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Eichler homes have received national recognition!  I love that Susan Stamberg did an audio-article on Eichler homes this morning.  I’ve always thought that NPR’s Morning Edition was a pretty good radio show – now I’m sure of it!!

The only homes that Joseph Eichler built outside of California were the three New York Eichlers, so up until now Eichler homes were a pretty well kept California secret.  Stamberg does a great job of showcasing the freedom and artistry of Eichler homes as well as Joseph Eichler’s philosophy.  Give it a listen.  I think you’ll like it!  You can find the story and listen to the broadcast at With Sunny, Modern Homes, Joseph Eichler Built The Suburbs In Style.

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Eichler SoCal in Orange CA is celebrating the rebirth of an Eichler home with an open house this weekend.  In 2013 the original Eichler, which is located in the Fairmeadow neighborhood, was destroyed by fire. Using the original Jones & Emmons floor plan as a guide, home designer/remodeler Bryan Ross and Eichler real estate specialist Kelly Laule stepped up to the plate and took on the challenge of rebuilding the home.

Ross kept the same footprint and square footage as the original design, but brought the new home into the 21st Century with drywall (as opposed to the original mahogany paneling), a contemporary fireplace, and engineering that allows the signature floor-to-ceiling windows to comply with modern code requirements.  In keeping with Eichler

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Daylight saving time begins this weekend, when we step into the spring and summer months by turning our clocks forward an hour.  Yes, we do lose an hour of sleep (which we will blissfully regain on Nov. 1), but we gain an extra hour of light at the end of the day.  Even though it’s a little more difficult to get the kids to bed because it is still light out, I love those long lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer!

While a lot of you Mid-Century enthusiasts will be setting your Sunburst clocks, like this classic design from MoMA, I’ve found some other clocks that will help us welcome the longer days with style.  If surrealism is your thing, check out the Dada Clock from Artecnica or the Face wall clock.  The colorful multi-colored Watch Me wall clock from

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I want to let you be the first to know that I’ve got a new Eichler listing about to hit the market in San Rafael.  Located at 833 Montecillo Road in Terra Linda, this property is currently being readied for sale and for the upcoming open house, which will be held this Sunday from 1-4 p.m. 

Tune in later this week to 833 Montecillo Road to see professional photos and learn all the details, which include:

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • Updated kitchen and appliances
  • Newer roof and paint
  • Updated flooring with in-floor radiant heat
  • A fantastic location backing up to open space and convenient access to shopping, public transportation, hiking trails, and top rated schools.

This fabulous property is being offered for $950,000.

For more information

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It seems that Mid-Century Modern architecture is making a nostalgic comeback if a couple of recent construction projects are any indicator.  Just outside of Phoenix, Shea Homes Arizona is currently building and selling six new MCM design models that emphasize the Mid-Century aesthetic of clean lines and indoor/outdoor living coupled with 21st Century amenities that include secret rooms, separate loft areas, and even an option for a detached casita that can serve as a studio, office, or guest quarters.

A little closer to home, Palm Springs Modern Homes has a brand new development in the works that will feature 18 single-family Modernist homes with Mid-Century lines and sensibilities.  Dubbed 18@TwinPalms, the homes will feature Eichleresque details that

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